Cradley Heath railway station

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Cradley Heath National Rail
Cradley Heath
Location
Place Cradley Heath
Local authority Sandwell
Grid reference SO939857
Operations
Station code CRA
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 0.209 million
2005/06 Increase 0.232 million
2006/07 Increase 0.242 million
2007/08 Increase 0.288 million
2008/09 Increase 0.656 million
2009/10 Increase 0.660 million
2010/11 Increase 0.686 million
2011/12 Decrease 0.672 million
2012/13 Increase 0.685 million
History
Key dates Opened 1863 (1863)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Cradley Heath from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Cradley Heath railway station serves the town of Cradley Heath in the West Midlands of England. It is located on the Birmingham to Worcester via Kidderminster Line. The station is managed by London Midland, who provide the majority of train services; there are also occasional services provided by Chiltern Railways.

Cradley Heath is the nearest station to the Merry Hill Shopping Centre in Brierley Hill, and connecting bus services are provided. As a consequence, it is the station with the most Plusbus ticket sales (tickets for both rail travel and the connecting bus journey).[citation needed]. Cradley Heath bus station is situated right in front of the railway station, thus effectively forming a Cradley Heath Interchange.

History[edit]

The station was opened in 1863 by the Stourbridge Railway, on their line from Stourbridge Junction to Old Hill. This was later taken over by the Great Western Railway, who incorporated it into their line to Birmingham. Historically, the station was known as Cradley.

Tony Rivers, a man from Netherton, saved a woman who was trapped on the line at the station and was subsequently awarded the George Medal.

The present station buildings date from the mid-1980s when the station was rebuilt entirely on the west side of the level crossing. Previously there had been a staggered platform arrangement on either side of the crossing.

Services[edit]

During Monday to Saturday daytimes, there are six trains per hour in each direction, operated by London Midland, between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stourbridge Junction. Many of these continue beyond Stourbridge to Kidderminster, Worcester Foregate Street or Great Malvern, and beyond Birmingham to Whitlocks End, Stratford-upon-Avon, Dorridge or Leamington Spa. During evenings and on Sundays, there are typically two trains per hour.

There are also occasional trains during peak periods to and from London Marylebone, provided by Chiltern Railways. Regular direct services to and from Birmingham New Street (the terminus for all eastbound trains between 1967 and the reopening of the line to Snow Hill in 1995) ceased in May 2004 and passengers wishing to travel there must now change at Galton Bridge.

Bus Interchange[edit]

Alongside the railway station there is a bus station with five bus stands, which opened during the 1980s. The bus station is owned and operated by Centro which charges operators for their usage.

Of all the services stopping here, only two terminate here; these being Hansons service 124 and Diamond Bus service 240. Only two bus services serving Cradley Heath town centre do not stop or terminate here.

Stand A and Stand B accommodate services terminating here or travelling via the Merry Hill Shopping Centre, except the 214 which returns to Cradley Heath; and Stand C, Stand D and Stand E typically have services returning to Cradley Heath.

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Old Hill   London Midland
Leamington-Worcester
  Lye
Old Hill   Chiltern Railways
London-Kidderminster
  Lye

Coordinates: 52°28′12″N 2°05′24″W / 52.470°N 2.090°W / 52.470; -2.090