Stratford-upon-Avon railway station
|Managed by||London Midland|
|Number of platforms||3|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|24 July 1861||Opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* 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.
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).
Through services to Cheltenham were withdrawn in 1962, and passenger services south of Stratford ceased altogether on 5 May 1969, when the service to Honeybourne, Evesham and Worcester Foregate Street was withdrawn.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.
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.
The typical off-peak service (December 2013) is as follows:
- 2 trains per hour to Birmingham Snow Hill, one of which runs via Whitlocks End, and the other via Solihull. Both continue to Stourbridge Junction, with a few trains continuing to Kidderminster or Worcester Foregate Street - operated by London Midland
- 1 train per two hours to Leamington Spa via Warwick, most of which continue semi-fast to London Marylebone - operated by Chiltern Railways
A steam service to Birmingham operated by Vintage Trains operates on summer Sundays.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Stratford Parkway||London Midland
|Stratford Parkway||Chiltern Railways
The Shakespeare Express
Cherwell Valley Line
|Wilmcote||Great Western Railway
East and West Junction Railway
|Stratford Old Town|
|Proposed Heritage railways|
|Terminus||Honeybourne Line||Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse
Line and station closed
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
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) 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. The scheme faces local opposition. However, there is a good business case for Stratford-Cotswolds link.
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- "RE REGIONAL URBAN MARKET STUDY". Network Rail. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
- "New £7m Stratford Parkway railway station opens". BBC News, Coventry & Warwickshire. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
- "Stratford Parkway". Warwickshire County Council. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
- 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.
- Wilson, Matt (25 June 2013). "Campaigners' new report on Stratford to Honeybourne rail link". Stratford Herald. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
- "Rail restore talks on track". Stratford Observer. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
- Railnews (22 October 2012). "Good business case for Stratford-Cotswolds link". Railnews. Retrieved 2 June 2014.
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- Train times and station information for Stratford-upon-Avon railway station from National Rail
- Stratford Upon Avon railway station website
- History and photographs at www.warwickshirerailways.com