Bromsgrove railway station

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Bromsgrove National Rail
Bromsgrove
Location
Place Bromsgrove
Local authority Bromsgrove
Grid reference SO968693
Operations
Station code BMV
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.173 million
2005/06 Increase 0.210 million
2006/07 Decrease 0.207 million
2007/08 Increase 0.230 million
2008/09 Increase 0.427 million
2009/10 Increase 0.441 million
2010/11 Increase 0.465 million
2011/12 Increase 0.523 million
2012/13 Increase 0.540 million
History
Key dates Opened 1840 (1840)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bromsgrove from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Bromsgrove railway station serves the town of Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, England. It is located at the foot of the two-mile Lickey Incline which ascends at a gradient of 1-in-37.7 towards Barnt Green on the line between Birmingham and Worcester. Bromsgrove is managed by London Midland.

History[edit]

The station opened as part of the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway (later part of the Midland Railway) in 1840.[1] In June 1969[2] the station was rebuilt with a single platform on the up (northbound) side, which require stopping down (southbound) trains to cross to the up line and back again after calling at Bromsgrove station. A new platform on the down side was opened in May 1990.[3]

Bromsgrove station in 1981 with one platform.

Future[edit]

On 4 May 2007, Network Rail announced that a new station will be built, to replace the existing structure. This is proposed to be in a brownfield site adjacent to the current site, and allow six car trains to stop at the station. The cost was originally projected to be in the region of £10-12 million,[4] and it was estimated that the station could be operational by Easter 2009.[5] However, by June 2009 the project was still only in the development stage[6] and the funding for it was subsequently frozen by the local authority in June 2010.[7]

Phase two of the project was set to see the electrification of the line from Bromsgrove to Barnt Green between 2011 and 2014 (though this date is likely to be amended in the wake of the delays to construction work on the new station). This is expected to result in an extra three trains per hour on the Cross-City Line serving the new station.[8]

Planning permission for the new station was eventually granted by Worcestershire County Council in September 2013, three years after the funding for it was previously withdrawn.[9] The new station will have four platforms, linked by a covered footbridge served by lifts and stairs. A ticket office, waiting room and toilets will also be provided, as well as a 350-space car park and bicycle storage. The new station will be able to accommodate nine car trains, and is due to open in mid-2015, with electrification work on the line due for May 2016. Work began in March 2014.[10][11]

Services[edit]

The station and most trains serving it are operated by London Midland, who operate an hourly service from Birmingham New Street to Hereford; three trains per day terminate at Great Malvern. Despite all trains passing through Barnt Green, which is the next station northbound from Bromsgrove, only two services daily in each direction call there.

Four CrossCountry services (two each way, peak times only) on the Nottingham to Cardiff Central line also call at Bromsgrove each weekday.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jowett's Railway Centres Volume 1, Alan Jowett (PSL, 1993)
  2. ^ A Century of Railways Around Birmingham and the West Midlands, Volumes 2, John Boynton (Mid England Books, 1998)
  3. ^ A Century of Railways Around Birmingham and the West Midlands, Volumes 3, John Boynton (Mid England Books, 1999)
  4. ^ "Bromsgrove to get new station". Network Rail News Releases (Press release). 4 May 2007. 
  5. ^ "Bromsgrove Rail User Group". Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Network Rail schemes in development". Retrieved 9 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "New Bromsgrove railway station money frozen". BBC News Hereford & Worcester. 20 June 2010. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bromsgrove Rail Station". Worcestershire County Council. 2013. Archived from the original on 20 October 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bromsgrove railway station plans approved Bromsgrove railway station plans approved". BBC News Hereford & Worcester. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Harris, Nigel, ed. (5–18 February 2014). "Spring 2014 start for Bromsgrove station, ahead of 2015 opening". RAIL 741: p. 21. 
  11. ^ "Bromsgrove £17.4m railway station replacement starts". BBC News Hereford & Worcester. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 

External links[edit]

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  Great Western Railway
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Coordinates: 52°19′23″N 2°02′53″W / 52.323°N 2.048°W / 52.323; -2.048