Blakedown railway station

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Blakedown National Rail
Blakedown
Location
Place Blakedown
Local authority Wyre Forest
Grid reference SO880787
Operations
Station code BKD
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  28,311
2005/06 Increase 40,636
2006/07 Increase 53,365
2007/08 Increase 61,109
2008/09 Increase 70,946
2009/10 Increase 85,166
2010/11 Decrease 76,114
2011/12 Increase 83,314
2012/13 Decrease 83,008
History
1852
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Opened as Churchill
Renamed Churchill and Blakedown
Renamed to current name
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Blakedown from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Blakedown railway station serves the English village of Blakedown, Worcestershire. It was opened (as Churchill station) in 1852, and was later known as Churchill & Blakedown before adopting its current name (the signal box still uses the old name, as shown above).

The signal box

The station is unstaffed, with only a basic shelter on each platform. There is a level crossing immediately to the west of the platforms, and in the absence of a footbridge or subway this is also the only method for passengers to cross the tracks.

The platforms were lengthened in the 1990s to allow longer trains to call (see image - the hollow space and the white fence mark the extension). This is because Blakedown is within the Birmingham commuter band and usage increased.

All trains serving Blakedown are now operated by London Midland. As of the summer 2006 timetable, the only other operator's train to stop at the station was a single Chiltern Railways Kidderminster-London service which called in the morning rush hour - this however no longer does so. Trains run every 30 minutes each way, with off-peak trains terminating at Kidderminster westbound & eastbound services running alternately to Dorridge and Whitlocks End. There is a two-hourly service from the station each way on Sundays.

The station in 1983

Since August 2012 the signalling system has been altered, with the former signal box having been abolished and control of the nearby crossing & signals transferred to the West Midlands SCC at Saltley.

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Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Hagley   London Midland
Leamington-Worcester
  Kidderminster
Hagley   Chiltern Railways
London-Kidderminster
  Kidderminster

Coordinates: 52°24′22″N 2°10′34″W / 52.406°N 2.176°W / 52.406; -2.176