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Chester Station
Chester, Cheshire, UK
associated engineer
Not known
date  1840 - 1st August 1848
era  Victorian  |  category  Building  |  reference  SJ412670
This is the starting station for the Chester & Holyhead Railway, built by Robert Stephenson. The station building was designed by the railway’s architect, Francis Thompson in Venetian style. It is one of only 22 Grade I or II* listed railway stations in the whole of England.
The station has a symmetrical façade of stone-faced brickwork more than 305m long, and has a pair of small square towers at each end. There are seven platforms — three through platforms and four bays (one at the west end and three at the east end).
Chester Station opened on 1st August 1848. It operated services for the Chester & Holyhead Railway, the Chester & Crewe Railway and the Birkenhead Railway. These railways later became the London & North Western Railway and the Great Western Railway.
Between 1875 and 1969 it was called Chester General Station, to differentiate it from Chester Northgate Station operated by the Chester Lines Committee.
The building retains its Victorian atmosphere, having no overhead cables in the platform area: an electrified third rail is used instead for some services. In the 1972 rail crash at Chester, the station and some of the trains sustained severe damage.
The station complex underwent renovation as part of the £11m Chester Renaissance Project that began in 2005. This included groundworks to the east wing of the frontage, with repairs to the east and west wings of the façade. Glazing repairs to the station roof and improvements to the train shed were completed by Network Rail.
Traffic management and access to the station was improved by work on Station Square, completed in December 2007. In 2008, architectural lighting was installed and a new concourse was completed by Arriva Trains Wales in October.
Further improvements in 2009-10 include new facilities on and a second staircase to the island platform, structural platform repairs, overbridge repairs and enhancement of the external frontage.I
Architect: Francis Thompson
Research: ECPK
reference sources   CEH W&W

Chester Station