Central Station


Containing well-connected roads and Lincoln’s only passenger railway station, Central Station Character Area (view detailed map) is an important east/west transport corridor and arrival/departure point for the city as a whole. The area has a strong east/west orientation throughout, with buildings and road/rail infrastructure sharing a common orientation similar to that within other Character Areas along and off High Street.

Much of the area’s urban form is associated with the integration of the Great Northern Railway station into the pre-existing Early Industrial townscape, and subsequent urban growth in the Post-Railway Expansion Period. However, some earlier elements and features survive including the route of the former Roman road in the alignment of High Street, the line of a former medieval burgage plot that forms the southern boundary of the Character Area, and the culverted route of Sincil Dyke that flows beneath the Character Area.

As the only train station within the city, the Character Area is a key arrival and departure point for Lincoln as a whole. Its role as a transport node is increased by the nearby location of the bus station, and St. Mary’s and Oxford Streets, which carry high volumes of traffic to/from Pelham Bridge and Broadgate.
The Character Area is well connected with High Street to the west and Sincil Street to the north. In contrast, the eastern and southern boundaries of the area are poorly connected due to the largely impermeable boundaries of Pelham Bridge and the train station compound respectively. As a result, the footbridge over the railway lines in the south east of the Character Area is a well-used and essential access point, especially to and from residential areas to the south.
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View west from within Central Station showing a bridge over the tracks.

Key Statistics

Latitude/Longitude: (53.22599, -0.53872)
Character Area Type: Civic
Location: City centre
Predominant Period: Late Victorian/Edwardian (1869 to 1919 AD)
Secondary Period: Mixed
Average Building Type: Attached buildings
Average Building Density: Medium