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Coordinates: 52°41′39.00″N 01°4′57.00″W / 52.69417°N 1.0825°W / 52.69417; -1.0825 Syston Location Place Syston Local authority Leicester Operations Station code SYS Managed by East Midlands Trains Number of platforms 1 Live arrivals/departures and station information from National Rail Annual rail passenger usage 2005/06 * 128,095 2006/07 * 143,898 2007/08 * 160,238 2008/09 * 177,518 2009/10 * 188,856 History 1840 Opened 1968 Closed 1994 Reopened National Rail - UK railway stations A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z * Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Syston from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year. UK Railways portal Syston railway station is a railway station serving the town of Syston in Leicestershire, England. The station is located on the Midland Main Line between Leicester to Loughborough, 103¾ miles from London St Pancras. For journeys beginning at Syston, the full range of tickets for travel for any destination in the country may be purchased from the guard on the train at no extra cost. It is a penalty fare station however so a permit to travel must be bought from the machine installed on the platform before joining the train. Contents 1 Early history 2 Closure 3 Reopening 4 Services 4.1 Former Services 5 References 6 External links Early history The station was opened on 5 May 1840 as a minor intermediate station on the Midland Counties Railway line from Leicester to Nottingham and Derby.[1] Shortly afterwards, the Midland Counties merged with the North Midland Railway and the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway to form the Midland Railway. Syston became a junction station on 1 September 1846 with the opening of the Syston and Peterborough Railway to Melton Mowbray, which was extended in 1848 to Peterborough.[2] The north to east curve was opened in 1854. A replacement station was opened in 1874 when the Midland Main Line was increased from two to four tracks.[3] Closure The station closed in 1968. The station building, having been hidden by fencing for many years, was later dismantled and rebuilt at Midland Railway - Butterley with the help of David Wilson Homes, who erected a housing estate over the old station land in 2006. Reopening The station reopened on 27 May 1994 as part of phase one of the Ivanhoe Line. The station is served hourly in both directions by East Midlands Trains local services, running between Leicester and Lincoln via Loughborough, Nottingham and Newark. There is no Sunday service. Express trains do not stop at Syston, as the single platform is on the bidirectional Leicester to Syston slow line. No Peterborough line trains call at the station although it is possible for them to do so. The station is sometimes used by photographers and train spotters, especially when steam specials are expected. The fast lines are those at the left of the picture. The platform line is on the bidirectional slow line. Network Rail adopted a Route Utilisation Strategy for freight in 2007[4] which will create a new cross country freight route from Peterborough (East Coast Main Line) to Nuneaton (West Coast Main Line). One of the next stages (around 2013) will create additional lines through Leicester during a re-signalling scheme, during this time Syston station will be rebuilt.[5] It is planned that both platform will be extended by up to 41 metres by no later than 2012.[6] Services First southbound service is the: 07:10. Last is the: 22:07 First northbound service is the: 06:43. Last is the: 21:32 Services are formed using diesel multiple units of class 153, 156 or 158 Preceding station   National Rail   Following station Leicester East Midlands Trains Leicester-Lincoln Sileby Former Services Preceding station Disused railways Following station Humberstone Road   Midland Railway Midland Main Line   Sileby Humberstone Road   Midland Railway Leicester to Peterborough   Rearsby References ^ Higginson, M, (1989) The Midland Counties Railway: A Pictorial Survey, Derby: Midland Railway Trust. ^ Radford, B., (1983) Midland Line Memories: a Pictorial History of the Midland Railway Main Line Between London (St Pancras) & Derby London: Bloomsbury Books ^ British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer. ^ "Route Utilisation Strategy > Freight". http://www.networkrail.co.uk/browseDirectory.aspx?dir=\RUS%20Documents\Route%20Utilisation%20Strategies\Freight&pageid=2895&root=.  ^ "East Midlands". Network Rail. http://www.networkrail.co.uk/browseDirectory.aspx?dir=\RUS%20Documents\Route%20Utilisation%20Strategies\East%20Midlands&pageid=4449&root=\RUS%20Documents\Route%20Utilisation%20Strategies. Retrieved 2008-08-29.  ^ "Network Rail CP4 Delivery Plan 2009 Enhancements programme: statement of scope, outputs and milestones". Network Rail. http://www.networkrail.co.uk/documents/6182_Enhancements%20Document%20Dec%202009.pdf. Retrieved 2010-03-18.  External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Syston railway station Train times and station information for Syston railway station from National Rail Syston's original station v · d · eRailway stations in Leicestershire and Rutland Birmingham to Peterborough Line: from Birmingham New Street • Hinckley • Narborough • South Wigston • Leicester • Syston • Melton Mowbray • Oakham • to Peterborough Ivanhoe Line: Leicester • Syston • Sileby • Barrow-upon-Soar • Loughborough Midland Main Line: from Nottingham/Derby • East Midlands Parkway • Loughborough • Leicester • Market Harborough • to London St Pancras Nottingham to Grantham Line: from Nottingham • Bottesford • to Grantham Heritage railways Battlefield Line Railway: Shackerstone • Market Bosworth • Shenton Great Central Railway: Loughborough Central • Quorn and Woodhouse • Rothley • Leicester North