Great Malvern railway station

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Great Malvern National Rail
Great Malvern
Northbound platform
Location
Place Great Malvern
Local authority Malvern Hills
Grid reference SO783457
Operations
Station code GMV
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.374 million
2005/06 Increase 0.392 million
2006/07 Increase 0.405 million
2007/08 Decrease 0.385 million
2008/09 Increase 0.451 million
2009/10 Increase 0.464 million
2010/11 Increase 0.485 million
2011/12 Increase 0.502 million
2012/13 Increase 0.515 million
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Great Malvern from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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The station drinking fountain, a Malvern spring water spout, gets "well dressed" every year. Naturally in 2010 the theme of the decorations was railways.

Great Malvern railway station serves the line between Worcester and Hereford. It is situated close to the centre of Great Malvern, England. It is one of two stations serving the town of Malvern, the other being Malvern Link station. The station retains most of its original Victorian station design by the architect E. W. Elmslie and is a Grade II listed building.

Architecture and history[edit]

Great Malvern station was opened by the Worcester & Hereford Railway in 1860 and the present buildings by architect E. W. Elmslie were completed in 1862. It was later absorbed by the Great Western Railway. The buildings are in local Malvern Rag stone and follow a French Gothic theme. A particular feature of the station are the awning pillar capitals on both platforms. They are decorated with high relief mouldings depicting different arrangements of flowers and foliage.[1]

The station celebrated its 150th birthday on 23 May 2010 with the unveiling of a plaque and a special train.[2][3] An additional part of this celebration was the reinstatement of some of the highly decorated lighting columns around the cab road at the front of the station.

Services[edit]

The station is served by two train operating companies: London Midland (who manage the station) and First Great Western. London Midland operate services to Birmingham New Street via Worcester and Hereford every hour and also some services to Birmingham Snow Hill via Kidderminster and Stourbridge Junction.[4]

First Great Western operate a roughly hourly service to London Paddington via the Cotswold Line and Oxford (some of which run to/from Hereford) and every two hours (except Sundays) to Bristol Temple Meads via Gloucester. Many Bristol services continue onwards to Westbury & Weymouth, with one through service to & from Brighton.[5]

There was previously a branch line to Ashchurch via Upton-on-Severn & Tewkesbury. Operated by the Midland Railway, it was closed in 1952.

Facilities[edit]

There is a ticket office and "Lady Foley's Tea-room", an award-winning cafe[6] on the northbound platform.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Railway Station Gallery
  2. ^ Malvern Worcester 150th Anniversary Official website
  3. ^ "Worcestershire railway stations mark 150 years" 23 May 2010 Retrieved 23 May 2010
  4. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 71 (Network Rail)
  5. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Tables 123 & 126 (Network Rail)
  6. ^ Worcester News, 8 September 2000

Further reading[edit]

  • Siviter, Roger (1999). British Railways Past and Present - Worcestershire. Kettering: Past & Present Publications. ISBN 1-85895-161-5. 
  • Dray, Glynis; Perkins, Steve (2010). Great Malvern Station. Barnards Green, Malvern: Glynis Dray & Steve Perkins. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Colwall   London Midland
Birmingham-Hereford
  Malvern Link
  London Midland
Hereford-Dorridge
 
  First Great Western
Cotswold Line
 
  First Great Western
Great Malvern - Bristol and beyond
 
Disused railways
Terminus   Tewkesbury and Malvern Railway
Midland Railway
  Malvern Hanley Road
Line and station closed

Coordinates: 52°06′32″N 2°19′05″W / 52.109°N 2.318°W / 52.109; -2.318