STONE RAILWAY STATION serves the town of
* 1 History * 2 Recent developments * 3 Services * 4 Gallery * 5 References * 6 Further reading * 7 External links
There have been two stations at Stone, and both were opened by the
North Staffordshire Railway
The station building has been redeveloped by Stone Town Council as a community centre .
APTIS ticketing here ceased in 1993 when the station became unstaffed.
In 2004 rail services were withdrawn from the station and replaced by buses operated by BakerBus , initially whilst upgrade work was carried out on the Stafford and Colwich to Cheadle Hulme lines. However, the former Stafford to Stoke local service that formerly called here was never reinstated once the work was completed (the units used on it being redeployed in the West Midlands) and so the rail replacement service continued (the Trent Valley local service between Stafford and Coventry also suffered the same fate).
However, in December 2008 Stone station reopened for an hourly train service between Crewe and London Euston as part of a new revamped West Coast main line timetable unveiled by the Department for Transport . This service is operated by London Midland . Passenger usage is now returning to reasonable levels (see figures right).
Stone is currently served by the hourly semi-fast London Midland services between London Euston and Crewe via Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent . Trains operated by CrossCountry do not currently call at Stone.
The new West Midlands franchise specification plans will (when implemented in 2018) see the current Euston to Crewe trains replaced by a new Birmingham - Wolverhampton - Stoke - Crewe service that will stop here. This was changed for a new London service via Birmingham due to opposition against losing a direct link to London.
Looking south, with the line to Colwich to the left and Norton Bridge to the right *
Plaque on the station facade *