Solihull railway station

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Coordinates: 52°24′53″N 1°47′20″W / 52.41472°N 1.78889°W / 52.41472; -1.78889

Solihull National Rail
Solihull
Location
Place Solihull
Local authority Solihull
Grid reference SP144796
Operations
Station code SOL
Managed by Chiltern Railways
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 Increase 0.594 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.582 million
2006/07 Increase 0.652 million
2007/08 Increase 0.663 million
2008/09 Increase 1.489 million
2009/10 Decrease 1.488 million
2010/11 Increase 1.535 million
2011/12 Decrease 1.424 million
2012/13 Increase 1.556 million
2013/14 Increase 1,662 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Midlands
Zone 4
History
Key dates Opened 1852 (1852)
National RailUK 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 Solihull from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
Portal icon UK Railways portal

Solihull railway station serves the town of Solihull in the West Midlands of England. The station is served by London Midland and Chiltern Railways. CrossCountry serve the station occasionally, when replacing stops at Coventry and Birmingham International during engineering work. Solihull used to have a regular Virgin Trains service to Manchester Piccadilly, Blackpool North and Portsmouth Harbour until 2004, when all services through the station were made to run non-stop between Birmingham and Leamington Spa.

The station booking office is located underneath the trackbed in a subway, where footsteps lead up to the island platform. Services are operated by Chiltern Railways to London Marylebone via High Wycombe, London Midland to Dorridge, extending to Leamington Spa at peak times. The vast majority of Chiltern Railways services terminate at Birmingham Snow Hill, with extensions to Kidderminster at peak times. London Midland operate services to Stourbridge Junction on a 20-minute frequency.

History[edit]

The original Solihull station was opened in 1852, by the Great Western Railway. The station was rebuilt in the early 1930s slightly south of the original station, when the line between Olton and Lapworth was quadrupled. The rebuilt station had two island platforms.[1]

The station's remaining island platform and building. The disused island platform is to the left.

The line and station underwent significant rationalisation in the 1960s and 70s. One island platform was taken out of use when the line was reduced back to double track, the overgrown remains of the disused platform can still be seen, the station also lost its original canopies, and platform buildings, being reduced to a single platform building. Platform canopies were constructed once again in 2007-08, but not to the former GWR scale.

Until 1967 the former GWR London Paddington - Birkenhead Woodside train services passed through the station but few stopped there; these services ceased with the electrification of the former LMS line from London Euston to Birmingham New Street.

Recent investment by Chiltern Railways has seen rail times into London reduced to just one hour and 22 minutes - trains now travel along the line at 100 mph. In 2012, a new car park deck was suspended above the existing station car park to increase passenger capacity in light of the investment. As a result, car park capacity doubled to 455 car parking spaces.

Some recent renovations under the auspices of Chiltern Railways has seen the replacement of the station signage with gilt signage inspired by the that used by the Great Western Railway.

Services[edit]

London Midland run local services as part of the Snow Hill Lines:

Chiltern Railways:

  • 2 trains per hour to either Birmingham Moor Street or Birmingham Snow Hill. In peak hours some services continue to Kidderminster.
  • 2 trains per hour to London Marylebone.
  • A limited two-hourly local service between Birmingham Moor Street and Leamington Spa.
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Olton   Chiltern Railways
London-Birmingham
  Widney Manor
Birmingham Moor Street   Chiltern Railways
Chiltern Main Line fast services
  Dorridge
Olton   London Midland
Leamington-Worcester
  Widney Manor

References[edit]

External links[edit]