The Hawthorns station


The Hawthorns station is a railway station and tram stop, opened in 1995 in Sandwell, near Birmingham, West Midlands, England The station shares its name with the local football ground, The Hawthorns, the home of West Bromwich Albion FC, which it serves

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Services
    • 21 Train
    • 22 Metro
  • 3 References
  • 4 Further reading
  • 5 External links

Historyedit

Between 1931 and 1968, The Hawthorns Halt partly occupied the site of the current station, opened by the Great Western Railway on their London Paddington to Birkenhead via Birmingham Snow Hill line It served football specials only, and had very minimal facilities, as such it was not deemed worthy of 'station' status It consisted of three platforms: platform 3 catering for return travel to Stourbridge, with platforms 1 and 2 being sited the other side of Halfords Lane2

The present station was opened in 1995, as part of the "Jewellery Line" project to restore services to Birmingham Snow Hill, this time it opened as a fully fledged station with regular services on the cross-city Snow Hill Lines In 1999 the Midland Metro tram line opened between Birmingham and Wolverhampton, adding two tram platforms alongside the two railway platforms2

Its passenger numbers are assisted with free parking and its close proximity to Junction 1 of the M5 Pedestrian and vehicular access is via Halfords Lane

Servicesedit

Trainedit

Most trains are operated by London Midland The Monday to Saturday daytime service sees trains approximately every 10 minutes in each direction, operating between Stourbridge Junction, Birmingham Snow Hill, and either Dorridge or Whitlocks End Many trains continue beyond Stourbridge to Kidderminster, Worcester Foregate Street or Great Malvern, and some continue beyond Whitlocks End or Dorridge to Stratford-upon-Avon3 Extra services are laid on around the time of football matches to assist fans in travelling to and from the match

Chiltern Railways services operate in peak hours only, between Kidderminster and London Marylebone Four Chiltern trains call at The Hawthorns in each direction

Metroedit

Midland Metro services operate at frequent intervals, between Grand Central and Wolverhampton St Georges Mondays to Saturdays, services in each direction run at six to eight-minute intervals during the day, and at fifteen-minute intervals during the evenings and on Sundays4

Preceding station   Midland Metro   Following station
Kenrick Park   Line 1   Handsworth, Booth Street
National Rail
Jewellery Quarter   London Midland
Snow Hill-Worcester
  Smethwick Galton Bridge
Jewellery Quarter   Chiltern Railways
London-Kidderminster
  Smethwick Galton Bridge
Disused railways
Handsworth and Smethwick   Great Western Railway
Later British Rail
Birmingham-Wolverhampton 1931–1968
  West Bromwich

Referencesedit

  1. ^ "2016 West Midlands Travel Trends Covering Report" PDF West Midlands Combined Authority p 39 Retrieved 23 January 2017 
  2. ^ a b "The Hawthorns Station 1931 - 1968:1995 - Present" Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands Retrieved 28 Oct 2013 
  3. ^ Table 71 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  4. ^ "Midland Metro timetable" Network West Midlands Retrieved 14 December 2015 

Further readingedit

  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith 2007 Worcester to Birmingham Middleton Press figs 99-100 ISBN 9781904474975 OCLC 263292710 

External linksedit

  • Train times and station information for The Hawthorns station from National Rail
  • Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands: The Hawthorns station


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