Bescot Stadium railway station

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Bescot Stadium National Rail
Bescot Stadium
Location
Place Bescot
Local authority Sandwell
Coordinates 52°33′43″N 1°59′28″W / 52.562°N 1.991°W / 52.562; -1.991Coordinates: 52°33′43″N 1°59′28″W / 52.562°N 1.991°W / 52.562; -1.991
Grid reference SP007961
Operations
Station code BSC
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 46,963
2005/06 Decrease 46,444
2006/07 Increase 55,030
2007/08 Decrease 48,155
2008/09 Increase 84,206
2009/10 Decrease 83,552
2010/11 Increase 87,908
2011/12 Increase 132,310
2012/13 Decrease 128,946
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Midlands
Zone 4
History
1847 Opened
2007 Rebuilt
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bescot Stadium from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Bescot Stadium railway station serves the Bescot area of Walsall in the West Midlands of England. (The station is actually situated in the borough of Sandwell, although it can only be reached from within the borough of Walsall.) The station, and all trains serving it are operated by London Midland.

The station was originally known as Bescot. However, it was renamed in 1990 in order to serve Bescot Stadium, the newly built home of Walsall Football Club.

The station footbridge offers views of Bescot Yard, and its freight movements. Bescot TMD is adjacent to the station.

Access to the station is via Bescot Crescent (where there is a car park) and then a footpath which passes underneath the M6 motorway and over the River Tame, then an overbridge that does not comply with the Disability Discrimination Act.

The station was re-opened on the 11 September 2007 after a short period where it was closed for refurbishment. Whilst closed, no services called at the station, but trains continued to pass through.

Bescot station in 1962

Services[edit]

Bescot Stadium station is on the Walsall Line between Birmingham New Street and Walsall, part of the former Grand Junction Railway, opened in 1837. The typical Monday-Saturday daytime service sees two trains per hour in each direction between Walsall and Birmingham New Street that are operated by Class 323 electric trains. This service is reduced to one train per hour in the evenings and on Sundays. There are a small number of early morning and late evening trains on weekdays are operated by Class 170 diesel trains and extend past Walsall to either Hednesford or Rugeley Trent Valley.

London Midland proposed the closure of the ticket office, but this request was overruled in September 2012 by the Transport Minister.[1]

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Walsall   London Midland
Chase Line
  Tame Bridge Parkway
Historical railways
Wood Green
Line open, station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Darlaston Loop
  Newton Road
Line open, station closed