Kidderminster railway station
|Local authority||Wyre Forest|
|Managed by||London Midland|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 1852|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Kidderminster from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Kidderminster railway station is the main station serving the large town of Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England and the wider Wyre Forest district. The station is operated by London Midland, and is on the Birmingham to Worcester via Kidderminster Line. It shares its station approach with the Severn Valley Railway station next door. Regular commuter services run to Birmingham and Worcester.
There is a large car park for 400 cars, administered by London Midland, in part of the old goods yard between the two railway stations. The Severn Valley Railway has its own car park on the town centre side of their station.
The station has a booking office, a newsagents/snack bar, a BT Phone Box, a cash point and a ticket machine.
In 2009 a recently opened bridge (with lifts) has transformed access between the platforms. Before this work, it was via the road overbridge, visible in the background of the lower image right.
Prior to its demolition, the signal box (a short distance to the south of the station) was known as Kidderminster Junction. This controlled the junction to the Severn Valley Line until its closure in the 1970s.
Further south still, the main line crosses over the impressive 20-arch Hoobrook Viaduct, 371 yards (339 m) in length, 75 feet (23 m) in height, comprising 7 million blue bricks and erected in 1884-5 at a cost of some £30,000. It replaced an earlier construction comprising 24 timber spans resting on sandstone columns, dating from the original creation of the line in 1851-2, whose partial collapse in 1883 brought about the building of the present viaduct alongside to the east. The sandstone abutments of the original structure can still be seen.
Severn Valley Railway terminus
The Severn Valley Railway's southern terminus shares the same station approach road and is known as Kidderminster Town to distinguish it from the National Rail station. This also reflects the GWR tradition of suffixing the station name with "Town" if it was closer to the main body of the town served than that of its competitor(s), which Kidderminster Town achieves to the tune of around 60 yards.
Kidderminster station opened with the extension of the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton railway from Worcester to Stourbridge on 1 May 1852 by the GWR. The station building, of a mock Tudor design, survived until 1968 when it was demolished owing to the effects of dry rot and replaced by British Rail with the small brick building that stands today.
Plans are in hand to replace the small brick station building with something echoing that of the adjacent SVR building. As well as this, the plans envisage a large bus exchange, improved car parking and "drop off" areas.
The area has had upgraded signalling and a new connection to the Severn Valley Railway, enabling passenger trains to access the branch in both directions.
Electrification of the route is an aspiration of Network Rail and the local rail user group. A service to/from NR metals to Bewdley has also been proposed over the years. This is finally seeing some more local interest.
The original mock Tudor station building demolished in 1968.
Most trains using the station are operated by London Midland.
The standard off peak service is:
- 4 tph to Birmingham Snow Hill, semi fast with a journey time of 35 minutes, of which 2 continue to Dorridge and 2 to Whitlocks End;
- 2 tph to Worcester (either Foregate Street or Shrub Hill), of which some continue to Great Malvern. It takes 19 minutes to reach Worcester.
Most London Midland services as of, April 2013, are operated by Class 172.
The service between Kidderminster and Birmingham is heavily used, by both commuters and day-trippers to Birmingham. The service was increased from three to four trains per hour in 2006 and in December 2013, the journey time to Birmingham has been slashed to 35 minutes on most trains.
The other company which operates trains is Chiltern Railways to London in about 2 1/2 hours. Their services are:
- 4 morning trains to London Marylebone in the morning peak - the first arrives in London at 9 am;
- 4 returning from London over the evening peak times - some taking just 2 hrs 19 minutes
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Droitwich Spa on Sundays
|Interchange with Kidderminster Town on the Severn Valley Railway|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kidderminster railway station.|
- Train times and station information for Kidderminster railway station from National Rail
- Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands: Kidderminster station