Worcester Foregate Street railway station
|Worcester Foregate Street|
|One of the station entrances.|
|Managed by||London Midland|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Worcester Foregate Street from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Worcester Foregate Street railway station, opened by the Great Western Railway in 1860, is situated in the centre of the city of Worcester, in Worcestershire, England. It is physically the smaller of the two stations serving the city, but is more centrally located. The other station is Worcester Shrub Hill situated to the east.
The station layout is unusual in that travelling east the two platforms serve different routes, rather than different directions. Platform 1 can only be accessed by trains via Worcester Shrub Hill (including trains to and from London Paddington), while Platform 2 can only be accessed from the east by trains running directly to and from Droitwich Spa, avoiding Shrub Hill.
There is a cafe called Cafe Loco, situated at the end of Platform 1 in the old signal box.
The station itself is built on a viaduct, meaning that space for expansion is restricted, but the platforms are nevertheless of ample length to accommodate an HST. Despite its small size, the remains of two signal boxes can be seen, one spanning the tracks and the second now the station cafe.
The station opened on the 17th May 1860. It was originally part of the Hereford and Worcester Railway which was incorporated into the West Midland Railway, before being absorbed by the Great Western Railway. On the 1st January 1948 the company became Government owned under British Rail.
Since 1973 the station has had an unusual layout, being essentially two single-track lines side by side rather than the ordinary double-track layout which it appears to be. The two single lines run from Henwick, on the other side of the River Severn, through Foregate Street, to the site of the former former Rainbow Hill Junction to the east of the station, which used to provide a crossover between the two tracks. At this point the lines diverge with that on the north side heading towards Tunnel Junction and Droitwich Spa, while the southern track leads to Worcester Shrub Hill. Rainbow Hill Junction was removed when the signalling in the area was remodelled in 1973. Since then, platform 1 (on the south side) has only been usable by trains running via Shrub Hill, and platform 2 only by trains running directly to or from Droitwich without calling at Shrub Hill. Signs at the station (see right) warn of "Two-way working on both lines".
The station celebrated its 150th birthday on 23 May 2010 with the unveiling of a plaque and a special train that ran to Great Malvern railway station (which celebrated its 150th Anniversary on the same date).
The art gallery Movement opened on platform 2 on 2 October 2010.
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The station is served by two train operating companies: London Midland (who manage the station) and First Great Western. London Midland operate services to Birmingham via two different routes, either direct to Birmingham New Street (via Bromsgrove), or via Kidderminster to Birmingham Snow Hill. First Great Western operate a service to London Paddington via the Cotswold Line and Oxford, a service to Bristol Temple Meads via Gloucester, and a daily service to Southampton Central. Both companies have services which continue beyond Worcester to the two Malvern stations of Malvern Link and Great Malvern, with some services continuing on to Hereford.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Worcester-Birmingham via Kidderminster
|First Great Western
- Worcester Shrub Hill railway station
- Worcester (Norton) Parkway railway station
- Worcester (North) Parkway railway station
- M.E. Quick, Railway Passenger Stations in England, Scotland and Wales — A Chronology. Richmond: Railway and Canal Historical Society, 2003
- "Signals at Worcester". Retrieved 2013-06-20.
- "Signalling Notices - 43/W/2705 - Worcester Resignalling - Stage 2". 1973-11-07. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
- Malvern Worcester 150th Anniversary Official website
- "Worcestershire railway stations mark 150 years" 23 May 2010 Retrieved 23 May 2010
- "Toilet turned into an art gallery". BBC News. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
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- Train times and station information for Worcester Foregate Street railway station from National Rail