Hamstead, West Midlands
Hamstead shown within the West Midlands
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Hamstead is an area straddling the border of Birmingham and Sandwell, England, between Handsworth Wood and Great Barr, and adjacent to the Sandwell Valley area of West Bromwich. The Hamstead Colliery was worked from the early to mid 20th Century with a lot of housing built for the miners. Today it is still referred to as Hamstead Village.
The River Tame enters Hamstead after passing through Sandwell Valley, and runs through the village before exiting into Perry Hall Park. It is the largest tributary of the River Trent but is not navigable.
The Tame Valley Canal runs through Hamstead Village nearby the old colliery site. Coal used to be transported from Hamstead Wharf near Spouthouse Lane along the canal to the Grand Union Canal and onwards.
The 654 Bus is also known as the 'Hamstead Villager' as printed on the side of many of its buses, operated by Travel West Midlands. There Is also a secondary School Located in the Area Called Hamstead Hall Community Learning Centre
Also running through Hamstead is;
- the 16 bus which runs from Birmingham - Hamstead, very frequently 7 days a week. During peak times certain journeys are extended to and from Scott Arms via Newton Road, buses are operated by National Express West Midlands, Central Connect and GRS Travel.
- the 46 bus (formery 406) runs from West Bromwich Bus Station - Scott Arms via Sandwell Hospital frequently 7 days a week, journeys extend to Pheasey via Netherhall Park on a half hourly basis during the day,journeys are also extended from West Bromwich to Londonderry via Galton Bridge on a half hourly basis during the day. Buses are operated by National Express West Midlands.
- the 654 bus runs from One Stop Shopping Centre (Birmingham City University City North Campus) - Hamstead (via Hamstead Campus) running Monday - Saturday half hourly.Buses are operated by Travel West Midlands.
- the 424 bus runs from Birmingham - Old Oscott via One Stop Shopping Centre (Birmingham City University City North Campus), Scott Arms running hourly until 6pm, Monday - Saturday. Buses are operated by Central Connect Buses.
It is served by Hamstead railway station on the Birmingham-Walsall Line, part of the former Grand Junction Railway, opened in 1837. Trains run half-hourly in both directions, from 0530 until 0000 seven days a week. Trains are Operated by London Midland Trains.
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