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Stations not served by their Station Facility Owner (SFO)

Last update 23 January 2018

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This is a list of stations operated by one company but only served by other companies.

 

TOC controlled stations served only by other TOCs

Throughout the years there have been some anomalies where a station is the responsibility of a particular train operating company (TOC), but the service patterns mean that those stations are only served by other TOCs.  This list shows all known examples.

Station SFO Service provider(s) Dates
Abbey Wood TfL Rail Southeastern From 22 October 2017 to December 2018
Acton Main Line TfL Rail Great Western Railway From 10 December 2017 to 19 May 2018
Batley see Note 2     
Burnham TfL Rail Great Western Railway From 10 December 2017 to 7 December 2019
Burton on Trent East Midlands CrossCountry From 11 November 2007
Coleshill Parkway London Midland
wmtrains (West Midlands Railway)
CrossCountry From 11 November 2007
Dean First Great Western/Great Western Railway South West Trains From 9 December 2007
Ealing Broadway TfL Rail Great Western Railway From 10 December 2017 to 19 May 2018
Hanwell TfL Rail Great Western Railway From 10 December 2017 to 19 May 2018
Hayes & Harlington TfL Rail Great Western Railway From 10 December 2017 to 19 May 2018
Hinckley East Midlands CrossCountry From 11 November 2007
Iver TfL Rail Great Western Railway From 10 December 2017 to 7 December 2019
Kemble Wessex Trains First Great Western
CrossCountry
From 20 May 2001 to 17 May 2003
Langley TfL Rail Great Western Railway From 10 December 2017 to 7 December 2019
Lockerbie Scotrail West Coast
TransPennine Express
CrossCountry
From 31 March 1997 (privatisation; arrangements varied over the years)
Manea Greater Anglia CrossCountry From 11 November 2007 to 17 May 2015
Mottisfont & Dunbridge First Great Western/Great Western Railway South West Trains From 9 December 2007
Narborough East Midlands CrossCountry From 11 November 2007
Southall TfL Rail Great Western Railway From 10 December 2017 to 19 May 2018
South Wigston East Midlands CrossCountry From 11 November 2007
Stamford see Note 1     
Stonehouse Wessex Trains First Great Western
CrossCountry
From 20 May 2001 to 17 May 2003
Stroud Wessex Trains First Great Western
CrossCountry
From 20 May 2001 to 17 May 2003
Taplow TfL Rail Great Western Railway From 10 December 2017 to 7 December 2019
Water Orton London Midland
wmtrains (West Midlands Railway)
CrossCountry From 11 November 2007
West Drayton TfL Rail Great Western Railway From 10 December 2017 to 7 December 2019
West Ealing TfL Rail Great Western Railway From 10 December 2017 to 19 May 2018
Willington East Midlands CrossCountry From 11 November 2007
Wilnecote London Midland
wmtrains (West Midlands Railway)
CrossCountry From 11 November 2007

Notes

  1. Stamford station, operated by East Midlands Trains, is often quoted as one not served by its SFO.  Since 11 November 2007 (franchise change), it has mainly been served by CrossCountry, but East Midlands Trains does run a few very early and very late trains.
  2. Batley station, operated by Northern, is sometimes quoted as one not served by its SFO.  From 20 May 2018, it has mainly been served by TransPennine Express, but Northern does run one very early train.

Bi-level stations such as Tamworth are interesting, where it is possible to consider the different levels as separate stations.  In this case, the high level platforms are operated by London Midland/wmtrains (London Northwestern Railway) but served exclusively by CrossCountry; London Midland/wmtrains (London Northwestern Railway) serves the low level platforms.  Both levels together are technically the same station.

 

Non-TOC controlled stations

Some station facility owners do not run any trains themselves and are shown here.  Note that "Network Rail" in this context can also be interpreted as "Railtrack" for dates when Railtrack was trading.

Station SFO Dates
Ashford International [international platforms only] Mitie From 1 September 2013
Birmingham New Street Network Rail From 1 April 1994 (privatisation)
Bristol Temple Meads Network Rail From 1 April 2014 (transfer from TOC)
Ebbsfleet Network Rail (CTRL) (on behalf of HS1 Ltd) From 19 November 2007 (opening)
Edinburgh Waverley Network Rail From 1 April 1994 (privatisation)
Gatwick Airport Network Rail From 10 March 1995 (privatisation); to 29 January 2012 (transfer to TOC)
Glasgow Central Network Rail From 1 April 1994 (privatisation)
Glasgow Prestwick International Airport Prestwick Airport From 5 September 1994 (opening)
Leeds Network Rail From 1 April 1994 (privatisation)
Liverpool Lime Street Network Rail From 18 November 2003 (transfer from TOC)
London Bridge Network Rail From 1 April 1994 (privatisation)
London Cannon Street Network Rail From 4 November 2002 (transfer from TOC)
London Charing Cross Network Rail From 1 April 1994 (privatisation)
London Euston Network Rail From 1 April 1994 (privatisation)
London Fenchurch Street Network Rail From 14 March 2002 (transfer from TOC); to 8 August 2014 (transfer to TOC)
London King's Cross Network Rail From 1 April 1994 (privatisation)
London Liverpool Street Network Rail From 1 April 1994 (privatisation)
London Paddington Network Rail From 1 April 1994 (privatisation)
London St Pancras International [eastern interim station] London & Continental From 12 April 2004 to 15 July 2006
London St Pancras International [Midland Main Line platforms] Railtrack From 6 June 2000 to 2 October 2002
London & Continental From 3 October 2002 to 19 September 2007
Network Rail (CTRL) (on behalf of HS1 Ltd) From 20 September 2007
London St Pancras International [international platforms] London & Continental From 1 April 1994 (privatisation) to 19 September 2007
Network Rail (CTRL) (on behalf of HS1 Ltd) From 20 September 2007
London Victoria Network Rail From 1 April 1994 (privatisation)
London Waterloo Network Rail From 1 April 1994 (privatisation)
London Waterloo International Network Rail From 21 October 2013 (reopening)
Manchester Piccadilly Network Rail From 1 April 1994 (privatisation)
Okehampton Dartmoor Railway From 25 May 1997 (introduction of summer Sunday service)
Reading Network Rail From 1 April 2014 (transfer from TOC)
Sampford Courtenay Dartmoor Railway From 23 May 2004 (reopening for summer Sunday service)
Southend Airport Stobart Rail From 18 July 2011 (opening)
Stratford International Network Rail (CTRL) (on behalf of HS1 Ltd) From 30 November 2009 (opening)
Worcestershire Parkway Worcestershire County Council From opening new station

Here is an article illustrating the Railtrack symbols used at the Major Stations

Pre-privatisation examples

This listing gives equivalent arrangements to the top list but before privatisation.  As the list concerns itself with station operator, not owner, it excludes the numerous instances (mainly in the early years of railways) where a larger company leased a line from a smaller, usually local, company.  Also excluded are the many occurrences of "joint" committees that controlled stations and lines where at least one of the constituents ran trains there.

Station SFO Service provider(s) Dates
East Putney Southern Railway/British Rail/Network SouthEast London Underground From 4 May 1941 (withdrawal of SR service) to 1 April 1994 (privatisation, when station transferred to London Underground)
Foxton Great Eastern Railway Great Northern Railway From 1852 (opening) to 31 December 1922 (grouping, when companies merged into London & North Eastern Railway)
Gunnersbury London South Western Railway/Southern Railway District Railway/London Underground
North London Railway/London North Western Railway/London Midland & Scottish Railway
From 5 June 1916 (withdrawal of LSWR service) to 31 December 1947 (nationalisation, when companies other than London Underground merged into British Railways)
Harston Great Eastern Railway Great Northern Railway From 1 April 1852 (opening) to 31 December 1922 (grouping, when companies merged into London & North Eastern Railway)
Kew Gardens London South Western Railway/Southern Railway District Railway/London Underground
North London Railway/London North Western Railway/London Midland & Scottish Railway
From 5 June 1916 (withdrawal of LSWR service) to 31 December 1947 (nationalisation, when companies other than London Underground merged into British Railways)
London Kings Cross ['widened lines'] London Underground London & North Eastern Railway/London Midland & Scottish Railway/British Rail/Network SouthEast From 1946 to 14 May 1979 (closure; later reopened by BR as Kings Cross Thameslink)
Ryde Esplanade London & South Western Railway
London Brighton & South Coast Railway
Isle of Wight Central Railway
Isle of Wight Railway
From 5 April 1880 (opening) to 31 December 1922 (grouping, when call companies merged into Southern Railway)
Ryde Pier Head London & South Western Railway
London Brighton & South Coast Railway
Isle of Wight Central Railway
Isle of Wight Railway
From 12 July 1880 (opening) to 31 December 1922 (grouping, when call companies merged into Southern Railway)
Southfields Southern Railway/British Rail/Network SouthEast London Underground From 4 May 1941 (withdrawal of SR service) to 1 April 1994 (privatisation, when station transferred to London Underground)
Wimbledon Park Southern Railway/British Rail/Network SouthEast London Underground From 4 May 1941 (withdrawal of SR service) to 1 April 1994 (privatisation, when station transferred to London Underground)

In addition, the District line ran to Upminster, Central line to Ongar and West Ruislip and Northern line to Barnet and Mill Hill East over LMS/LNER/GWR lines.  Full details are awaited.

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