The Station Today

Left: The Station prior to Attenborough Elderflowers, 2017 Centre and right: The Station in bloom, 2019. Photos courtesy of Mike Emery

Attenborough Station is almost 5 miles from Nottingham and is ideally placed for reaching Attenborough Nature Reserve and the historic Attenborough Village from Derby and Nottingham. Nottingham is just 10 minutes away by train and Derby about 20 minutes, with regular hourly services throughout the day – more frequently at peak times. These services are ideal for commuting or wanting to explore further on foot or by bike the many tourist attractions of the cities, up the Erewash and Derwent Valleys and in Lincolnshire.
Services between Nottingham and London St Pancras run through at high speed, but do not stop. Interchange with mainline services can be made at Beeston, Derby and Nottingham. This connects us easily to Derby, Matlock, Beeston, Nottingham, Newark, Lincoln and Leicester.
From the 1950s, more houses and commercial premises were built in Toton, Chilwell and an enlarged Attenborough so the potential was there for many more rail commuters. Unfortunately, train services were so infrequent and at irregular times that the potential was never turned into passenger numbers.
Local housing and retail growth from the 1970s onwards drove revisions to train times and services in the 2010s and provided a welcome improvement. With hourly stops and more
trains at peak times Attenborough has the best services that our passengers have ever known. The commuter numbers (over 200 per day on average) are testament to the need for regular and reliable high-quality services.
However, the automatic level crossing is very busy with as many as 8 trains per hour each way (not including the freight and tanker services). To increase services to or through the station ways to increase line capacity would have to be sought.
In 2017 Attenborough Elderflowers, part of the local Garden Club, decided to adopt and green the station by installing and maintaining planters and these history boards. With the help of grants from Big Lottery, Nottinghamshire County Council and Tesco, donations from friends, residents and local businesses and the support of a passenger train operator we started-out in 2018. We are now official ‘station adopters’ and the Elderflower volunteers provide seasonal plants, water the planters and ensure the rail passengers and residents are proud of their station.
If you want to get involved email attenboroughelderflowers@outlook.com.

References

East Midlands Rail

Acknowledgements

Mike Emery

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