Hamstead railway station

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Hamstead National Rail
Hamstead
Looking towards Walsall
Location
Place Hamstead
Local authority Birmingham
Coordinates 52°31′48″N 1°55′41″W / 52.530°N 1.928°W / 52.530; -1.928Coordinates: 52°31′48″N 1°55′41″W / 52.530°N 1.928°W / 52.530; -1.928
Grid reference SP049925
Operations
Station code HSD
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03   66,779
2004/05 Decrease 58,232
2005/06 Increase 60,616
2006/07 Increase 67,120
2007/08 Increase 69,526
2008/09 Increase 0.130 million
2009/10 Increase 0.137 million
2010/11 Increase 0.149 million
2011/12 Increase 0.238 million
2012/13 Increase 0.241 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Midlands
Zone 3
History
Original company Grand Junction Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
4 July 1837 Opened as Hamstead and Great Barr
1 May 1875 Renamed Great Barr
25 March 1899 Resited
6 May 1974 Renamed Hamstead
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Hamstead from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Hamstead railway station serves the Hamstead, Great Barr and Handsworth Wood areas of the West Midlands, England, located at the junction of Rocky Lane and Old Walsall Road, in the city of Birmingham, on its border with Sandwell. It is situated on the Birmingham-Walsall Line, part of the former Grand Junction Railway, opened in 1837. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by London Midland.

"Great Barr" station bench, photographed at Hamstead in late 1970s/ early 1980s

The first station was opened by the Grand Junction Railway on 4 July 1837, and was named Hamstead and Great Barr; it was renamed Great Barr on 1 May 1875. The station was resited on the opposite side of the road bridge on 25 March 1899; this station, again known as Great Barr, was renamed Hamstead on 6 May 1974.[1][2] Sidings served the adjacent Hamstead Colliery.

Services[edit]

The typical Monday-Saturday daytime service sees two trains per hour in each direction between Walsall and Birmingham New Street that are operated by Class 323 electric trains. This service is reduced to one train per hour in the evenings and on Sundays. There are a small number of early morning and late evening trains on weekdays are operated by Class 170 diesel trains and extend past Walsall to either Hednesford or Rugeley Trent Valley. All trains serving the station are operated by London Midland.

In the case of engineering work on the line (which often occurs on Sundays), Hamstead is usually the last stop for trains to Birmingham from Walsall or the Chase Line. Such services deviate from normal running at Perry Barr North Junction and enter New Street through Soho, merging with the Birmingham to Wolverhampton line just south of Smethwick Rolfe Street. A replacement bus service operates on these days to Hamstead from New Street, calling Duddeston, Aston and Witton beforehand.

Nearby[edit]

Hamstead also serves:

and is close to the River Tame.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. pp. 108, 113. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508. 
  2. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (July 1974). "Notes and News: Stations renamed by LMR". Railway Magazine (London: IPC Transport Press Ltd) 120 (879): 363. ISSN 0033-8923. 

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