Northern Railways' Lucknow Division is one of the major division of northren zone of indian railways and extends from north Faizabad, Prayaag south, Varanasi east , Unaao west, formerly part of Oudh Rohilkhand Railway up to and later, part of East Indian Railway from 1925 to 1952, caters to rail transport requirement of the most populous state of the country, serving 14 districts of Uttar Pradesh with a total route of 1460.12 kms. The area, which is politically very sensitive and vulnerable to rallies and public demonstrations, is quite demanding and the division has to maintain continuous preparedness in its pre-emptive manoeuvres and damage control exercises to keep the system fluid and absolutely mobile. Predominantly, a passenger division dealing with about 421 passenger-carrying trains, the division provides that vital link between Eastern and Northern states for the traffic booked for diesel route, and also serves as an alternative passage for the traffic for electrified route during the period of disruption on electrified territory on Allahabad division.
In the recent past, the need to upgrade the system has been appreciated. Lot of infrastructural improvement works have been sanctioned and are in various stages of progress. The doubling and electrification of the critical routes have also been sanctioned and are in progress. With the creation of new Zones, Lucknow Division has become the gateway to the entire Northern Railway.
Being a passenger- dominated Division, a host of initiatives have been taken to improve the passenger amneties on the Division. Two stations of the Division viz. Lucknow and Varanasi, have been included in the list of stationes to be developed as World Class stations on Indian Railways. Conceptual reports for both these stations have been submitted.
Lucknow division is making all possible efforts in achieving execellence in all sphere of railway operation. The Division has scaled new heights in critical areas of almost all departments and has achieved best ever performance during 2009-10. The division has set its goal for the current year and is committed to sacle new highs in the times to come.
Following is the list of major stations Covered under Lucknow Division :