Long Eaton railway station (originally Sawley Junction pre 1968) serves the town of Long Eaton in Derbyshire, England. It lies on the Midland Main Line and the Derby - Nottingham line 7.5 miles (12 km) south east of Derby. The station is managed by East Midlands Trains although CrossCountry also operate some services.
The line was originally opened by the Midland Counties Railway in 1839, which shortly joined the North Midland Railway and the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway to form the Midland Railway.
Originally Sawley Junction, Long Eaton is the fourth station of that name. The original Long Eaton stations were further north.
The first Sawley station was a mile out of the village on Sawley Lane, Breaston. First used in 1839, when the line opened, it was the third station from Nottingham. It was originally called Breaston, but the name was changed to avoid confusion with Beeston.
This station at Sawley Junction opened in 1888 on Tamworth Road. Since another station had been opened not far away at Draycott in 1852, the original Sawley closed in 1930.
On 9 October 1869 a Midland Railway passenger train was involved in a rear end collision with another train at Long Eaton Junction resulting in seven deaths and another twelve more injured. The investigation blamed fog, inadequate brake power, excessive speed, fogman error for the cause of the collision.
In 1932 the LMS announced that Sawley Junction would be known as Sawley Junction for Long Eaton.
As of late 2009 Long Eaton is a Penalty fare station; tickets must be purchased from the ticket office or self-service machine prior to boarding a train.
Rail routes run north-south through Long Eaton along the route known as the Midland Main Line, going south to Loughborough, Leicester, Luton and London; and north to Derby, Chesterfield and Sheffield.
A major junction south of the station at Trent links the cross country route to Nottingham. West bound services to Birmingham travel via Derby and the Cross Country Route.
Train operators using the station include CrossCountry and East Midlands Trains.
The usual Monday - Saturday service pattern is as follows:Platform one -
Hourly CrossCountry service to Nottingham via Beeston
Hourly East Midlands Trains service to London St Pancras International via East Midlands Parkway, Loughborough and Leicester
Hourly local East Midlands Trains service to Nottingham and Newark Castle via Attenborough
Platform two -
Hourly CrossCountry service to Birmingham New Street via Derby, Burton upon Trent and Tamworth
Hourly East Midlands Trains service to Sheffield via Derby and Chesterfield
Hourly local East Midlands Trains service to Matlock via Belper
On Sundays, the London to Sheffield trains call hourly each way, the Matlock trains every two hours and there is also an hourly Derby to Nottingham stopping service in each direction (but no direct service to Birmingham).