The Hawthorns station
|The Hawthorns station, the Midland Metro platforms to the left, the railway platforms to the right.|
|Managed by||London Midland|
|Number of platforms||2 (train) + 2 (metro)|
|Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at The Hawthorns from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
|Midland Metro platforms|
|Place||The Hawthorns, West Bromwich|
|Platforms in use||2|
|Date opened||31 May 1999|
|Services||Birmingham - Wolverhampton|
|Usage||Approx 1,050 passengers daily (2013) |
The Hawthorns station is a railway station and tram stop, opened in 1995 in Sandwell, near Birmingham, West Midlands, England. The station shares its name with the local football ground, The Hawthorns, the home of West Bromwich Albion F.C., which it serves.
Between 1931 and 1968, The Hawthorns Halt partly occupied the site of the current station, opened by the Great Western Railway on their London (Paddington) to Birkenhead via Birmingham (Snow Hill) line. It served football specials only, and had very minimal facilities, as such it was not deemed worthy of 'station' status. It consisted of three platforms: platform 3 catering for return travel to Stourbridge, with platforms 1 and 2 being sited the other side of Halfords Lane.
The present station was opened in 1995, as part of the "Jewellery Line" project to restore services to Birmingham Snow Hill, this time it opened as a fully fledged station with regular services on the cross-city Snow Hill Lines. In 1999 the Midland Metro tram line opened between Birmingham and Wolverhampton, adding two tram platforms alongside the two railway platforms.
Most trains are operated by London Midland. The Monday to Saturday daytime service sees trains approximately every 10 minutes in each direction, operating between Stourbridge Junction, Birmingham Snow Hill, and either Dorridge or Whitlocks End. Many trains continue beyond Stourbridge to Kidderminster, Worcester Foregate Street or Great Malvern, and some continue beyond Whitlocks End to Stratford-upon-Avon. Extra services are laid on around the time of football matches to assist fans in travelling to and from the match.
Its passenger numbers are assisted with free parking and its close proximity to Junction 1 of the M5. Pedestrian and vehicular access is via Halfords Lane.
Midland Metro services operate at frequent intervals, between Birmingham Snow Hill and Wolverhampton St Georges. Mondays to Saturdays, services in each direction run at eight minute intervals during the day, and at fifteen minute intervals during the evenings and on Sundays.
- "2013 West Midlands Travel Trends". centro.org. Centro. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
- "The Hawthorns Station 1931 - 1968:1995 - Present". Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands. Retrieved 28 Oct 2013.
- "Metro". Network West Midlands. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
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- Train times and station information for The Hawthorns station from National Rail
- Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands: The Hawthorns station