Alvechurch railway station

Coordinates: 52°20′46″N 1°58′05″W / 52.346°N 1.968°W / 52.346; -1.968
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Alvechurch station in 2015
General information
LocationAlvechurch, Bromsgrove
Grid referenceSP022719
Managed byWest Midlands Railway[1]
Other information
Station codeALV
ClassificationDfT category F1
Opened1 November 1859
2018/19Increase 0.200 million
2019/20Decrease 0.180 million
2020/21Decrease 32,418
2021/22Increase 91,124
2022/23Increase 0.124 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Alvechurch railway station serves the village of Alvechurch in North Worcestershire, England. It is on the Cross-City Line 11+14 miles (18 km) southwest of Birmingham New Street. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by West Midlands Trains. The station itself is an unstaffed station.

Originally a single platform station on a single-track line, a second platform was added during 2014, when a new passing loop was constructed on the line through the station, in order to allow a more frequent service.


The station is served by West Midlands Trains with local Transport for West Midlands branded "Cross-City" services, operated by Class 323 electrical multiple units. The station is served by two trains an hour in each direction, with an average journey time to Birmingham New Street of around 31 minutes.[2][3] This increase follows the installation of a passing loop and second platform at the station in 2014.

On Monday to Saturday, there are trains every 30 minutes northbound to Four Oaks via Birmingham New Street calling at all stations inbetween and southbound to Redditch. On Sundays, there are trains every half-hour northbound to Lichfield Trent Valley calling at all stations and southbound to Redditch.


Alvechurch station was built as part of the Redditch Railway and opened on 1 November 1859. From the beginning it was operated by the Midland Railway, who had extended the line south of Redditch to Evesham and Ashchurch (the Evesham Loop Line) by 1868. It became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the 1923 railway grouping. Under the 1948 transport nationalisation it became part of the London Midland Region of British Railways.

Passenger services beyond Redditch ended in October 1962 and the line closed completely in July 1964 – the remainder of the route (including the station here) was threatened with closure following the publication of the Beeching Report in 1963 but subsequently reprieved (albeit with a much-reduced level of service – just four trains per day each way from the mid-1960s onwards) to serve the planned Redditch New town development announced in 1964.

As a result of the Transport Act 1968, from 1969 BR operated the passenger service on behalf of the newly created West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive. In 1982 BR divided its business into sectors, and Alvechurch came under its Regional Railways sector. Under the Privatisation of British Rail, Regional Railways was divided into several train operating companies. From 1997 Alvechurch became part of the Central Trains franchise. In 2007 the first franchise expired and was restructured. The new franchise was awarded to London Midland and ran until 2015, after which it passed to West Midlands Trains.

As a PTE station, Alvechurch has train services operated under the Network West Midlands names. Under their auspices, the service was significantly improved in 1980 when the branch became part of the recently inaugurated Cross-City Line from Lichfield City via New Street and Kings Norton.[4]

When the Cross-city line was upgraded and electrified in 1993 the platform at Alvechurch was re-sited slightly northwards. The new platform adjoins the old one end to end. The former station building is now privately owned.

2014 upgrade[edit]

The section of the Cross-City Line between Barnt Green and Redditch was single track. Network Rail planned to increase capacity by adding a passing loop and second platform at Alvechurch. This was also to include a footbridge and lifts to reach the new platform. This was to allow the service to be increased from two to three trains per hour.[5] The scheme was approved in November 2013.[6]

The work to upgrade Alvechurch station began in November 2013. As of January 2014 the station was cleared and work began on building the new platform and footbridge.

In May 2014 the lift shaft on platform 2 was clearly visible from platform 1.

The section of line between Longbridge and Redditch was closed for 2 months from July 2014 to the end of August 2014 for the new track to be laid and overhead cables to be installed.[7] It was reopened on 1 September 2014. The improved service began in December 2014.[8][9]


  1. ^ Station facilities for Alvechurch
  2. ^ "Train timetables and schedules | Alvechurch". West Midlands Railway.
  3. ^ "Train Times | The Cross City Line | 21 May until 9 December 2023". West Midlands Railway.
  4. ^ History of the Cross-City LineRedditch MRC; Retrieved 2013-12-16
  5. ^ "Investing in the Midlands, December 2011". Rail Professional. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  6. ^ "Major transport infrastructure schemes given green light". Planning Resource. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
  7. ^ London Midland and Network Rail
  8. ^ Connie Osborne (1 September 2014). "Commuters back on track with railway opening". Redditch Standard. Archived from the original on 12 October 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  9. ^ "London Midland reveals new timetable and additional seating across network". Birmingham Mail. 11 December 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014.

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Midland Railway
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52°20′46″N 1°58′05″W / 52.346°N 1.968°W / 52.346; -1.968