Berkswell railway station

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Berkswell National Rail
Berkswell
Location
Place Balsall Common
Local authority Solihull
Grid reference SP244776
Operations
Station code BKW
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 0.099 million
2005/06 Increase 0.108 million
2006/07 Increase 0.112 million
2007/08 Increase 0.114 million
2008/09 Increase 0.197 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.196 million
2010/11 Decrease 0.189 million
2011/12 Increase 0.235 million
2012/13 Increase 0.239 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Midlands
Zone 5
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Berkswell from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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The station in 1962

Berkswell railway station, in the West Midlands of England, takes its name from the nearby village of Berkswell, but it is actually located much closer to the small town of Balsall Common. In fact the station originally opened as Docker's Lane, changed to Berkswell on 1 January 1853, then to Berkswell & Balsall Common on 1 February 1928 before reverting to Berkswell again. It is situated on the West Coast Main Line between Coventry and Birmingham. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by London Midland. There are small lakes and a river on the Eastern side of the railway station.

History[edit]

In 2004, as part of a plan to upgrade the line to carry more high speed trains, the level crossing which was situated to the east of the station, was removed and two small low parallel tunnels were built under the railway; one tunnel for road traffic and the other for pedestrians. The road tunnel being too narrow for two-way traffic is controlled by traffic lights. The level crossings at Tile Hill and Canley were also removed in the upgrade.

Berkswell was once the junction with a line that ran to Kenilworth, which opened on 2 March 1884 and closed to all traffic on 3 March 1969.[1] The trackbed of this line is gradually being converted into a "Greenway" for walking, cycling, and horse riding. The route for the proposed High Speed 2 line will lie broadly parallel to this greenway, then necessitating its realignment through and north-west of the village of Burton Green.[2] A length of track of the Kenilworth line survives as a siding. It was occasionally used for stabling the Royal Train.[3]

Services[edit]

On Mondays to Saturdays, Berkswell is served by two trains an hour between Birmingham New Street and Coventry, one of which continues to London Euston. On Sundays, there is an hourly service between Birmingham New Street and Northampton.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Tile Hill   London Midland
Rugby-Birmingham-Stafford Line
  Hampton-in-Arden

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Coordinates: 52°23′46″N 1°38′35″W / 52.396°N 1.643°W / 52.396; -1.643