Leicester (LEI)

Leicester is a major stop on the Midland Main Line as well as services throughout the East Midlands.

Type: National Rail
(Midland Main Line)
Station code: LEI
Opened: 1840
Platforms: 4
Leicester station dates from 1840 when it was opened by the Midland Counties Railway (though an earlier station was built elsewhere in the city in 1832 and indeed was one of the earliest places served by the railways). The station was later operated by the Midland Railway (under whom the station was renamed Leicester Campbell Street), the LMS and British Railways. Nowadays it is managed by East Midlands Trains.

The current main building dates from a major rebuilding in the 1890s when the station was renamed Leicester London Road. It was built with an overall roof over the platforms though this deteriorated in condition after being damaged in the Second World War, the remains were finally removed in the mid-1970s [1]. The name was changed back to simply Leicester in 1969 after the closure of two other stations in the city. Further changes to the station including the current booking hall and the platform facilities date from modernisation in the late 1970s.

The station has four platforms and is a major stop on East Midland Trains services between London St. Pancras and the North, there are also regular services to other destinations such as Birmingham New St, Derby and Loughborough by EMT and Cross Country.
An East Midlands Trains Meridian perpares to depart

Look down the platform, the city of Leicester in the background

View of one of the footbridges

An EMT service well down the platform

EMT 222 005 arrives

A Cross Country 170 prepares to depart for Stansted Airport

[1] Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith, Coventry to Leicester (Middleton Press, 2017) Fig. 89