Stourbridge Junction railway station

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Stourbridge Junction National Rail
Stourbridge Junction
Stourbridge Junction in 2000, looking north.
Location
Place Stourbridge
Local authority Dudley
Coordinates 52°26′53″N 2°08′02″W / 52.448°N 2.134°W / 52.448; -2.134Coordinates: 52°26′53″N 2°08′02″W / 52.448°N 2.134°W / 52.448; -2.134
Grid reference SO909833
Operations
Station code SBJ
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 3
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 0.371 million
2005/06 Increase 0.394 million
2006/07 Increase 0.444 million
2007/08 Increase 0.499 million
2008/09 Increase 1.138 million
2009/10 Increase 1.159 million
2010/11 Increase 1.207 million
2011/12 Decrease 1.149 million
2012/13 Increase 1.216 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE West Midlands
Zone 5
History
Original company Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Post-grouping Great Western Railway
1 May 1852 (1852-05-01) First station opened as Stourbridge
1 October 1879 Renamed Stourbridge Junction; line to Stourbridge Town opens
1 October 1901 Station resited
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Stourbridge Junction from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Stourbridge Junction is one of two railway stations serving the town of Stourbridge, in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley in the West Midlands, England. It lies on the Birmingham to Worcester via Kidderminster Line and is the junction for the Stourbridge Town Branch Line, said to be the shortest operational branch line in Europe.[1] The other station serving Stourbridge is Stourbridge Town at the end of the branch line.

History[edit]

The station was opened in 1852 on the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway line, at a slightly different location to the present station, under the name of Stourbridge. The junction came about when the Stourbridge Railway built their line to Lye and beyond.

Stourbridge become a double junction on 1 October 1879 when the branch to Stourbridge Town and goods was opened.

The station in 1958

On 1 October 1901 the new station opened 400 yards to the south of the original.

In 1962, the OWW was closed to passenger traffic north of Stourbridge by the British Transport Commission, although the route remained open for freight until 1993. Today only the section as far as the Round Oak Steel Terminal is still in use.

All through services to Birmingham were diverted from Snow Hill to Birmingham New Street in 1967 in the wake of the Beeching Report, but mostly reverted to their previous route following the reopening of the Smethwick Junction to Snow Hill line in 1995. Certain Birmingham - Worcester/Hereford trains calling here continued to use the connection onto the Stour Valley line at Galton Junction until the May 2004 timetable change,[2] but there are now no timetabled direct services to New Street and passengers wishing to access main line services there must either change at Galton Bridge or make the transfer between Snow Hill & New Street on foot.

The station was previously a four platform station, comprising two island platforms. The southern divergence to Platform 1 was removed some years ago and platform 4, situated opposite to the current platform 3, now faces the car park - built on the station's old carriage sidings.

The station's signalbox closed on 24 August 2012, as part of a wider network modernisation programme to centralise signalling operations. The signals at the station are now controlled from the West Midlands Signalling Centre in Saltley, Birmingham.[3]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Brettell Lane   Great Western Railway
"The Wombourne Branch" (1925-1932)
  Terminus
Brettell Lane   Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway
Later Great Western Railway, then British Rail
Oxford-Worcester-Wolverhampton (1852-1962)
  Hagley
Brettell Lane   South Staffordshire Railway
Later LNWR, then LMS, finally BR
South Staffs Line Dudley-Stourbridge Junction Section (1852-1962)
  Terminus

Railway operations[edit]

Services[edit]

The majority of services from Stourbridge Junction are operated by London Midland, using Class 172 diesel multiple units. They usually run to Birmingham Snow Hill via Smethwick Galton Bridge, and to Kidderminster, Worcester Shrub Hill or Great Malvern. Trains to Birmingham usually continue to Whitlocks End, Stratford-upon-Avon, or Dorridge. Services in the West Midlands county are often subsidised by Centro.

Chiltern Railways also provide a peak time service to London Marylebone, commencing at Kidderminster and running via Birmingham Snow Hill.

A Class 139 unit under trial at Stourbridge Junction, 28 January 2009.

Trains operating from the Junction to Stourbridge Town are currently being run by Class 139 units. One of two units operates a shuttle service every ten minutes between the stations.

The station often sees special charter trains or stock movements to the Severn Valley Railway at Kidderminster, and two CrossCountry services - one early morning and one late evening - are timetabled to run through, but not call at, Stourbridge Junction. The line is also used as a diversionary route for the Cross Country Route between Birmingham New Street and Cheltenham Spa.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Lye   Chiltern Railways
London-Kidderminster
  Hagley
Lye   London Midland
Birmingham-Worcester via Kidderminster
  Hagley
Terminus   London Midland
Stourbridge Town Branch Line
  Stourbridge Town

Freight[edit]

In the recent economic downturn freight through Stourbridge Junction has lessened significantly. There are now just three steel train per day each way to and from Round Oak Steel Terminal. Other 'as required' services include a scrap steel service and a new stone service from Croft to Brierley Hill which operate on Fridays, and a nuclear flask train which operates from Bridgwater to Crewe. There are several other freight trains which use the line through the station on a regular basis.

Future proposals[edit]

In January 2012, plans emerged to reintroduce services on the South Staffordshire Line from Stourbridge Junction to Brierley Hill. Services would be operated by similar PPM stock that is used to Stourbridge Town.[4] In addition, Network Rail plans to reopen the line to Walsall for freight, as well as for the extension of the Midland Metro.[citation needed]

Stourbridge depot[edit]

On construction, the OWW built a small servicing depot just north of the station on the route to Wolverhampton. The GWR intended to improve this, but were delayed by the outbreak of World War 1 until 1926, when they built a new standard pattern single roundhouse with coaling/watering and light maintenance facilities, situated .5 miles (0.80 km) north of the station, just north of the A458 Birmingham Street. The depot was allocated with mainly local service tank engines, such as Prairies and Panniers, with a small allocation of dedicated freight types. The original OWW shed was later used to house railmotors and diesel railcars. With the Beaching Report implemented, both depots closed in July 1966 and were subsequently demolished, with the land used for housing.[5]

Today the yard to the north of the station is home to a Light Maintenance Depot used by Chiltern Railways. This is used to stable stock for the peak services from Kidderminster, and is occasionally used to stable engineering vehicles. The land at the south end of platform 1 has a shed for the two Class 139 units that serve the Stourbridge Town branch.

References[edit]

  1. ^ LRTA "Parry People Mover On Test",
  2. ^ PSUL Summer 2004 - West Midlands Retrieved 2013-12-11
  3. ^ End of the line for 38 signal boxes
  4. ^ "Cradley Heath firm releases new images of proposed light rail link (From Halesowen News)". Halesowennews.co.uk. 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
  5. ^ E.T. Lyons (1972). An Historical Survey of Great Western Engine Sheds. Oxford Publishing. p. 142. ISBN 978-0860930198. 

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