Coventry to Nuneaton Line

Coventry To Nuneaton Line

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Coventry to Nuneaton Line

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The Coventry to Nuneaton Line is a short branch line linking Coventry and Nuneaton in the West Midlands of England. All of the lines Absolute Block Signal Boxes have been replaced by a new signalling centre in Saltley, Birmingham as of May 2009.

The route currently serves Nuneaton, Bedworth, Bedworth Oil Terminal, The Prologics Park Industrial Estate and Coventry. However, the line used to also serve many smaller stations and now closed goods yards. The branch from Three Spires Junction to the former Humber Road Junction (on the WCML to Rugby via Bell Green has been totally lifted and almost nothing remains, part of the track bed has been turned into the Sky Blue Way road. There are plans in the pipe line for two new stations on the route.

Services

All passenger services on the line are operated by London Midland who run an hourly service in each direction, provided by a Class 153 diesel unit. This service usually departs Coventry station from platform two.

Freight trains also use the line, travelling from the Chiltern Main Line via Leamington Spa, heading towards the West Coast Main Line.

History

The line was built by the London and North Western Railway and was opened on the 2 September 1850.

On 26 January 1857, 23 of the 28 arches of the Spon End viaduct collapsed. This meant trains travelling south terminated at Coundon Road railway station while the viaduct was rebuilt. This took 3½ years to complete and services to Coventry were restored on 1 October 1860.

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