STONE RAILWAY STATION serves the town of Stone, Staffordshire , England . The station is located on a junction of the Colwich to Manchester spur of the West Coast Main Line , but has platforms only on the branch from Stafford to Stoke-on-Trent .
* 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 first opened on 17 April 1848, and was next to the Newcastle Road bridge. With the opening of the Colwich line on 1 May 1849, the original station closed, being replaced the same day by the current station. The station was renamed Stone Junction in January 1888, but reverted to the original name Stone at some point between 1923 and 1947. The Colwich platforms were closed in 1947 and subsequently removed.
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In 2004 rail services were withdrawn from the station and replaced by buses operated by BakerBus , initially whilst upgrade work was carried out on the Stafford and Colwich to Cheadle Hulme lines.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).
Virgin Trains were reportedly going to reinstate Stone as a stop from June 2006 on the Birmingham to Manchester service, but this never materialised.
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 *
A CrossCountry Class 220 unit heading north towards Stoke-on-Trent
* ^ Historic England , "Stone Railway Station (1297502)", National Heritage List for England , retrieved 11 January 2017 * ^ A B C D Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 221. ISBN 1-85260-508-1 . R508. * ^ Stone Town Council website retrieved Feb 2017 * ^ "Virgin Retrieved 28 October 2016 * ^
* Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2016). Rugeley to Stoke-on-Trent. West Sussex: Middleton Press. figs. 41-42, 45-62. ISBN 9781908174901 . OCLC 972169395 .