Stratford-upon-Avon railway station

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Stratford-upon-Avon National Rail
Stratford-upon-Avon
Station frontage.
Location
Place Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Local authority Stratford-on-Avon
Grid reference SP194551
Operations
Station code SAV
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 3
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03      0.479 million
2004/05 Increase 0.527 million
2005/06 Decrease 0.493 million
2006/07 Increase 0.534 million
2007/08 Decrease 0.493 million
2008/09 Increase 0.636 million
2009/10 Increase 0.643 million
2010/11 Decrease 0.631 million
2011/12 Increase 0.856 million
2012/13 Increase 0.898 million
History
24 July 1861 Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Stratford-upon-Avon from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Stratford-upon-Avon railway station is a railway station that serves the town of Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, England. The station is operated by London Midland. Train services are provided by London Midland and Chiltern Railways.

Stratford-upon-Avon was once a through station on the Great Western Railway main line from Birmingham Snow Hill to Cheltenham, but has been the terminus of the line since 1976.

Two railway lines terminate at Stratford; the North Warwickshire Line from Birmingham and the Leamington-Stratford Line, which allows direct services to London via the Chiltern Main Line.

History[edit]

The first line to reach Stratford was the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway branch from Honeybourne to the south, which opened on 12 July 1859. This was soon followed by the Stratford Railway's branch from Hatton from the north, which opened on 9 October 1860. Both branches initially had separate termini, but they soon agreed to join the two branches and open a single station at the present site, which was opened on 24 July 1861. Both branches later came under the control of the Great Western Railway (GWR).

A 1911 Railway Clearing House map of railways in the area of Stratford-upon-Avon.

The station was expanded, and a third platform added, when the GWR opened the North Warwickshire Line from Birmingham to Cheltenham in 1908. This put Stratford on a main line.[1]

Through services to Cheltenham were withdrawn in 1962, and passenger services south of Stratford ceased altogether on 5 May 1969, when the service to Honeybourne, Evesham and Worcester was withdrawn. However the line remained open for freight until 1976, when a serious freight train derailment led to British Rail closing the line entirely, leaving Stratford as the southern terminus of the lines from Birmingham and Hatton.[2][3]

Between 1873 and 1952 Stratford was also served by Stratford Old Town railway station on the Stratford-upon-Avon and Midland Junction Railway (SMJR).

A new Stratford Parkway railway station north of the town, next to the A46 road was opened on 19 May 2013. It is intended to ease congestion, as passengers from outside Stratford will no longer need to drive into the town to catch a train. Rail services between Birmingham and Stratford have been increased from hourly to half hourly in conjunction with the opening of the new parkway station.[4][5]

Services[edit]

See also: Snow Hill Lines

The typical off-peak service (December 2013) is as follows:

A steam service to Birmingham operated by Vintage Trains operates on summer Sundays.

A London Midland train arriving at the station.
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Stratford Parkway   London Midland

Birmingham-Stratford Line

  Terminus
Stratford Parkway   Chiltern Railways

Leamington – Stratford upon Avon

  Terminus
Henley-in-Arden   Vintage Trains
The Shakespeare Express
July–September
  Terminus
Historical railways
Wilmcote   Thames Trains
Cherwell Valley Line
  Terminus
Disused railways
Wilmcote   Great Western Railway
Honeybourne Line
  Stratford-upon-Avon
Racecourse Platform
Terminus   SMJR
East and West Junction Railway
  Stratford Old Town
Heritage Railways  Proposed Heritage railways
Terminus   Honeybourne Line   Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse
Line and station closed

Former services[edit]

Thames Trains used to run a peak hour service between London Paddington and Stratford-upon-Avon via Ealing Broadway, Slough, Reading, Didcot, Oxford, Banbury, Leamington Spa, Hatton and Wilmcote. A few trains called at Bearley and Claverdon on weekdays. When First Great Western took over the franchise these services were withdrawn beyond Banbury, and were replaced with a shuttle between Leamington Spa and Stratford, via Warwick and Hatton. In 2004 Chiltern Railways took over this service.

Possible future development[edit]

The Shakespeare Line Promotion Group is promoting a scheme to reopen the 9 miles (14 km) of line south of Stratford to Honeybourne where it would link to the Cotswold Line. Called the "Avon Rail Link", the scheme (supported as a freight diversionary route by DB Schenker[6]) would make Stratford-upon-Avon station a through station once again with improved connections to the South, and would open up the possibility of direct services to Oxford and Worcester via Evesham.[7] The scheme faces local opposition.[8] However, there is a good business case for Stratford-Cotswolds link.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stratford on Avon Station". Warwickshire Railways. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Stratford Branch". GWR Archive. Retrieved 25 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "RE REGIONAL URBAN MARKET STUDY". Network Rail. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "New £7m Stratford Parkway railway station opens". BBC News, Coventry & Warwickshire. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Stratford Parkway". Warwickshire County Council. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  6. ^ DB Schenker Rail (UK) Limited (November 2009). "Response to Network Rail’s Great Western Route Utilisation Strategy Draft for Consultation (Published September 2009)". Doncaster. pp. 14, 29. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Wilson, Matt (25 June 2013). "Campaigners' new report on Stratford to Honeybourne rail link". Stratford Herald. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Rail restore talks on track". Stratford Observer. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Railnews (22 October 2012). "Good business case for Stratford-Cotswolds link". Railnews. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 

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Coordinates: 52°11′38″N 1°42′58″W / 52.194°N 1.716°W / 52.194; -1.716