Wellingborough railway station



Wellingborough railway station (formerly Wellingborough Midland Road) is a
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station located in the market town of
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. It lies on the
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and is from London St. Pancras. The station is operated by
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, which is also the primary operator serving the station with passenger services. As well as Wellingborough itself, the station is also the closest to the towns of Higham Ferrers,
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Irthlingborough Irthlingborough () is a town on the River Nene in North Northamptonshire, England. It had a population of 8,900 at the 2011 census and was the smallest town in England to have had a Football League team, Rushden & Diamonds F.C., prior to ...
and Rushden, although there is no direct public transport link from the station itself to any of these towns apart from Irthlingborough. It is also the nearest station to Rushden Lakes shopping centre. Wellingborough station was used as a filming location for the film '' Kinky Boots'', standing in for Northampton station. In late 2009, Wellingborough was made a Penalty fare station by East Midlands Trains, which means a valid ticket or permit to travel must be shown when requested.


Wellingborough station was built by the
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in 1857, on its extension from to and . At the time, the station was known as Wellingborough Midland Road to distinguish from one built by the
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in 1866, at for the Northampton and Peterborough Railway, which closed in 1966. A curve linked the two stations from west to north. The buildings, designed by C. H. Driver, still exist, though in altered form. Much of this occurred when the branch to was built in 1894, when the up main platform was substantially altered, removing the original canopies. Wellingborough also had a large locomotive depot with two roundhouses; the first built 1868 and the second in 1872. The 1872 building, known as No.2 Shed still exists, just to the north of the station at the far side of Mill Rd bridge. On 2 September 1898, the station was the scene of a serious rail accident, when a trolley ran off the platform in front of a Manchester express train. The crew and five passengers were killed and sixty-five injured.
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removed the fourth track between Kettering and Sharnbrook Junction in the 1980s, for cost cutting reasons, making platform 4 unused. Work started in 2019 on rebuilding the platform in preparation for reopening and reinstatement of the fourth track. There were originally five platforms at Wellingborough station - Platforms 1 & 2 still exist as they were, platform 3 was the bay platform for Northampton trains, which ceased on 4 May 1964. The bay is still there, but fenced off from platform 2. In 1964, platform 4 (the then down slow platform) was re-numbered platform 3. Platform 5 was taken out of use when the Rushden and Higham Ferrers services ceased in 1959.

Station Masters

*George Renshaw 1867 - 1893 *George Turner 1893 - 1908 *Mr. A. Roper 1909 - 1930 (formerly station master at Finedon) *W.J. Wearn 1930 - 1937 *Oscar Best 1937 - 1940 (afterwards stationmaster at Huddersfield) *V.L. Ward 1940 - 1943 (afterwards station master at Derby) *S. Curtis 1947 - ???? *Albert Horsley 1953 - ????

General information

Wellingborough has four platforms. The station was formerly the junction for a branch to Higham Ferrers. The station has the
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scheme, where train and bus tickets can be bought together at a saving. From Bedford to Kettering, the
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is unusual for being a three-tracked main line. There are other instances of this occurring, such as on the Cross City Line in Birmingham. Before rationalisation, this formation was part of the longest continuous four-track layout in the UK, extending from London St. Pancras to Glendon Junction (north of Kettering). With rail freight and passenger demands rising, Network Rail are now in the process of reinstating the fourth line from Sharnbrook Junction to Kettering.


There is a half-hourly service to London St. Pancras and , operated by Class 360 Desiro trains. During peak hours, two Corby services go to and from . As of May 2021, fast "EMR Intercity" services to , and run through the station at high speed but do not call at the station - apart from during peak hours and on Sunday mornings, when a limited number of services stop to provide connections north. Interchange with faster services at other times can be made at Kettering. *2tph to London St Pancras *2tph to via Kettering

Travel times

Travel times to London, Corby, Melton Mowbray, Nottingham and Lincoln (from May 2009). All services are operated by East Midlands Railway. *51-5 mins to London St Pancras International *35 mins to *35 mins to *13 mins to *7 mins to *16 mins to *39 mins to Afternoon peak only *54 mins to Afternoon peak only *17 mins to *34 mins to *46 mins to *58 mins to *1h 5 mins to *2 hours to Afternoon peak only


;Station improvementsThe Borough Council of Wellingborough: Growth Area Development May 2009
accessed 22 November 2009
As part of the
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's ''Access for all'' programme,
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's Midland Main Line upgrade, and local housing developments, the station platforms have been upgraded, with improved accessibility access by providing lifts, replacing the flat barrow crossing at end of the platforms. In August 2010, the local council gave planning permission for Network Rail to build lifts and to fit new internal toilets one of the disused buildings in the station. As a wider part of the Network Rail upgrade, the Midland Main Line between Bedford and Corby has been electrified, with the fourth track reinstalled between Sharnbrook Junction and Kettering, which resulted in the rebuilding and opening of Wellingborough's platform 4 in 2021. A station building on platform 4 is planned for access to the large Stanton Cross mixed-use development. In March 2022, work to restore the platform canopies was completed. ;Car parking The new 'South' car park has been built as a replacement for the 'North' car park which is still open. The replacement was built because of the Wellingborough East (Stanton Cross) development, as a new road bridge would start where the 'North' car park is situated and then go over the railway.The Borough Council of Wellingborough: Growth Area Development November 2007
accessed November 2009


External links

National Rail: Wellingborough (WEL) station planNational Rail: Live departures, Wellingborough
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