Trivia - Stations where a destination is reached by services in both directions

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  1. Clansman

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    As the title states.

    Two obvious ones are Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket, which both have services to Birmingham New Street in both directions run by XC and Virgin via the ECML and WCML.

    Other stations I can think of are;

    Glenrothes with Thornton
    Kirkcaldy
    Kingston On Thames

    plus others which sit on the same loop lines.

    Not sure about any other examples, but I'm sure there are a good few still out there.

    Notes
    -Said station must have diagrammed services to the destination in each direction
    -Stations which sit on a loop line count
    -Doesn't just have to be a destination station, can be any along the route as long as they meet the initial criteria.
    -Can't be stations which require a train to 'reverse', as they technically head in the same direction of which they came in.
     
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  2. Alan2603

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    York to Leeds?

    Can be reached by:

    Heading 'south' out of York and using the direct route via Colton Junction etc.
    Heading 'north' out of York via the Harrogate line.

    Alan.
     
  3. PermitToTravel

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    Exeter St David's to London? Trains leave to the North to go to Paddington via the Great Western or to the South to go to Waterloo via the West of England
     
  4. Bantamzen

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    Chester to Manchester Piccadilly. Arriva Wales services arrive via Warrington and Manchester Oxford Road, whilst Northern services arrive via the mid-Cheshire line and Stockport.
     
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    I can think of at least two on the Strathclyde network:

    Anniesland to Glasgow Queen St - can be reached either by heading north-east on the Maryhill Line via Cowlairs Junction or south on the North Clyde Line via Partick & Charing Cross.

    Motherwell to Rutherglen - can be reached either by heading north via either the Uddingston or Whifflet branches or south via the Hamilton Circle, all of them being on the Argyle Line.
     
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    I suspect Birmingham New St itself falls into this category.
     
  7. Clip

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    Margate,Broadstairs, Dumpton park and Ramsgate - from St Pancakes.
     
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    Lots in Kent with the HS1 roundabout services
     
  9. Springs Branch

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    In Strathclyde, the classic example has to be any station on the Cathcart Circle.


    From Manchester Victoria, Salford Central & Salford Crescent you can catch trains in either direction to Blackburn (via Rochdale & Todmorden Curve, or via Bolton)
     
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    Newcastle to anywhere South can be reached via the High Level or King Edward VII bridge.

    Anywhere on the Inner Circle (former Circle Line) in London.

    Highbury and Islington and Canonbury on the London Overground.

    Leicester southbound (infrequently, mind).
     
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    Am I right in thinking that there are scheduled services from South Wales which get to New Street from the west and the east?

    I think that the former is via University and the latter is via the Birmingham District Line (or whatever it's called!). I also think that the latter might be on Sundays when there's engineering works on the western line, so is it true and does it count?
     
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    The Hounslow loop, Weybridge, the Sutton loop.
     
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    Does Inverness count? It's a dead-end station which sits on two different lines. Most Edinburgh services leave via the Highland Mainline, but there's one (two?) a day that go via Aberdeen. So they leave the station in the same direction but diverge after 500 yards or so.
     
  14. Quakkerillo

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    First I'll list some groups, then some smaller possibilities of those that I could think of:

    Loads of stations in South-East London on the three lines to Dartford to get to London Bridge with the loop routes.
    Same goes for a few stations south of Glasgow on the cathcart circle line there.
    And all on the Kingston and Hounslow loop lines.
    Could I technically throw in loads of the Merseyrail services due to the central loop with the train returning on itself?
    Chester has trains arriving from the Llanelli-Swansea-Shrewsbury corridor in 2 directions
    Sations near Southampton on the Romsey Loop Service to Romsey
    Wimbledon Loop line towards St Albans
    HS1 loop stations to Ebbsfleet - Stratford Intl - St Pancras

    Weybridge into London Waterloo goes in 2 ways.
    Highbury & Islington and Canonbury to Clapham Junction
    Springburn and Anniesland to Glasgow Queen Street
    Whifflet, Motherwell to Glasgow Central
    Newcastle to Carlisle
    Blackburn to Manchester Victoria vv
    Cardiff Queen Street & Central to Radyr
    Swansea and Gowerton to Shrewsbury
    Filton Abbey Wood to Bristol Parkway & Cheltenham Spa
    Hampden Park to almost all its destinations
    Brighouse to Leeds
    York to Leeds vv.
     
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    And in years to come some hope that trains to London will depart from Plymouth in both directions and pass each other at Exeter St. David's in opposite directions!
     
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    Eh? Both arrive at Chester from the east. When the Halton curve is reinstated you will be able to get to Liverpool from Chester in both directions.
     
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    Oxford-London. Paddington one way, Marylebone the other
     
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    The many London area examples, while all true, may not be obvious to the casual passenger since (at least in the SWT area) platform timetables and displays only show trains going so far as they are the quickest route.
    For example trains from Weybriidge to Waterloo via Staines show at Weybridge as a destination of Barnes - anywhere further it is quicker to take a direct train on the mainline. In the reverse direction departures from Waterloo show Virginia Water as the last point at which it would not be quicker to go via the Weybridge direct train.
     
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    Brighouse to Leeds via Bradford and Dewsbury respectively.
     
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    Brighton to Southampton and vice versa... via Eastleigh or Swanwick.
     
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    And on SE metro.

    Cannon St "rounders" go down the Greenwich line and back up the Sidcup line via Slade Green, and vice versa.
     
  22. Bantamzen

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    No I mean into Manchester Piccadilly.
     
  23. swt_passenger

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    That service doesn't leave anywhere in opposite directions in the sense of the OP's question, it just does a different route for a few miles that includes a reversal.

    Fareham is a station with two completely separate routes to London that leave in opposite directions.

    Just thinking it isn't that long since this was last discussed?
     
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    When all the various changes to Northern services happen, Wakefield Kirkgate will have services to Leeds in both directions. The present services via Woodlesford and the future services from Knottingley which will extend to Leeds via the curve up to Westgate.
     
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    Not to mention the Southern London Bridge to Victoria loop service.
     
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    Surprised that wasn't mentioned sooner as I'm sure that is the most well-known example currently.
     
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    (Dons pedant hat :lol:)

    That is an A to B route rather than a loop service that originates from its destination point.
     
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    Glasgow underground
     
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    Blackburn to Manchester Victoria -either via Darwen or Todmorden
     
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