Coventry to Nuneaton Line

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Coventry-Nuneaton Line
(from north to south)

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for Birmingham to Peterborough Line and Trent Valley Line

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for Rugby-Birmingham-Stafford Line and services to Banbury via Leamington Spa

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Map of the Coventry to Nuneaton Line, and other local routes.

The Coventry to Nuneaton Line [1] is a short branch line linking Coventry and Nuneaton in the West Midlands of England. The route serves the following places:


All passenger services on the line are operated by Central Trains who run an hourly service in each direction.


The line was built by the London and North Western Railway and was opened on the 2 September 1850. At the line's height the route served the following:

Place Served Station
Nuneaton Nuneaton Abbey Street
Chilvers Coton Chilvers Coton
Bedworth Bedworth
Longford Longford & Exhall
Foleshill Foleshill
Daimler Works Daimler Halt
Coundon Coundon Road
Coventry Coventry

Disaster struck on 26 January 1857 when 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.

The line was closed to passenger traffic on 18 January 1965 under the Beeching Axe. The line was re-opened under the Speller Act on 11 May 1987 although Abbey Street has now been permanently closed and replaced with Trent Valley. Initially there were no intermediate stations on the re-opened line until 16 May 1988 when the rebuilt Bedworth station was opened.

The replacement Spon End viaduct

The line runs near to the Ricoh Arena football stadium on the northern edge of Coventry. While there have been several proposals to build a new station to serve the stadium, this has not yet happened.

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Railway lines in Central England:
Main lines:  Cross-Country Route   Midland Main Line   West Coast Main Line
 Birmingham-Peterborough via Leicester Line   Birmingham-Worcester via Bromsgrove Line  
 Birmingham-Worcester via Kidderminster Line   Cherwell Valley Line   Chiltern Main Line  
 London-Aylesbury Line   Trent Valley Line   Welsh Marches Line   Wolverhampton-Shrewsbury Line
Commuter lines:  Birmingham-Rugeley "Chase" Line   Birmingham-Stratford Line   Birmingham-Walsall Line  
 Coventry-Nuneaton Line   Cross-City Line   Leicester-Loughborough "Ivanhoe" Line  
 Northampton Loop Line   Robin Hood Line   Rugby-Birmingham-Stafford Line  
 Stourbridge Junction-Stourbridge Town Line   Walsall-Wolverhampton Line 
Rural lines:  Cotswold Line   Crewe-Derby Line   Derwent Valley Line   Leamington-Stratford Line  
 Marston Vale Line   Nottingham-Lincoln Line   Nottingham to Grantham Line  
 Oxford-Bicester Line   Princes Risborough-Aylesbury Line   Shrewsbury-Chester Line