South Wigston railway station

South Wigston Railway Station

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South Wigston railway station serves the suburb of South Wigston near Leicester, England The station is located on the Birmingham to Peterborough Line 3 km (1¾ miles) south of Leicester station. The station is owned by Network Rail and managed by East Midlands Trains (EMT) Train Operating Company (TOC).

The first station was built by the Midland Counties Railway in 1840 on its line to Rugby but closed in 1968. The present new station of this name was opened in 1986. There is a plaque on the bridge over the line that states the station was opened by Councillor Dr Peter Hill JP, the then Chairman of the Leicestershire County Council on Saturday 10 May 1986. Only selected trains running between Birmingham and Leicester stop here.

The station is unstaffed therefore passengers purchase tickets the full range of tickets for travel from the guard on the train at no extra cost. Facilities on the platforms are limited, consisting only of two "bus shelter" like canopies to protect passengers from the elements and a time-table/notice board.

From June 2010, building contractors are working on the bridges over the line as part of Network Rail's , this work is scheduled to last some 7 months.

History

Wigston is the point where the Midland Railway diverted its line in 1857 to Rugby, building a new line to Hitchin (and later to St.Pancras).

At this point the London and North Western Railway line from Blaby and Nuneaton, which had its own station Glen Parva, joined the...
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