Location type

Major station

Names and dates

Shrewsbury (1849-1849)
Shrewsbury General (1849-1950)
Shrewsbury (1950-)

Station code: SHR National Rail
Where: English West Midlands, England
Opened on the Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway and Shropshire Union and Canal Railway Joint.


This is an important large five platform station located where a number of long distance lines meet. The station is on the north bank of the River Severn and north east of the town centre. There are three through platforms (nos 3, 4, 7) on the lines to the north and an additional two bay platforms at the south end (nos 5, 6). The Tudor-styled station building was by Thomas Mainwaring Penson.

To the north lines divide running
- north west to Chester via Wrexham - north to Crewe via Whitchurch.

At the south end is a triangular junction with lines running
- west to Aberystwyth and the Welsh Coast
- south via Abergavenny to Newport and South Wales (and the Central Wales Railway to Llanelli)
- east to Wolverhampton and Birmingham New Street



Nearby stations
Shrewsbury [Shrewsbury and Chester]
English Bridge
Shrewsbury Abbey
Abbey Foregate
Shrewsbury West
Meole Brace
Hookagate and Redhill
Red Hill [1st]
Upton Magna
Shrewsbury Curve Junction South
Shrewsbury Curve Junction East
Sutton Bridge Junction
North Wales Junction
Meole Brace Junction
Sentinel Wagon Works
Cruckmeole Junction
Market Drayton Junction
Stafford Junction
Ketkey Junction
Presthope Tunnel
Hadley Junction
Buildwas Power Station
Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.

Largest lever frame

Notable at the south end of the station is Severn Bridge Junction signal box which is the largest remaining in use lever frame box in Britain. The box is located at the northern apex of the triangular junction. (The western junction is English Bridge Junction and eastern Abbey Foregate Junction.)