Bescot Stadium railway station

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Bescot Stadium National Rail
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Location
Place Bescot
Local authority Sandwell
Coordinates 52°33′43″N 1°59′28″W / 52.562°N 1.991°W / 52.562; -1.991Coordinates: 52°33′43″N 1°59′28″W / 52.562°N 1.991°W / 52.562; -1.991
Grid reference SP007961
Operations
Station code BSC
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.132 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.130 million
2013/14 Increase 0.137 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.136 million
2015/16 Increase 0.156 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Transport for West Midlands
Zone 4
History
1837 Opened
2007 Rebuilt
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bescot Stadium from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Bescot Stadium railway station serves the Bescot area of Walsall in the West Midlands of England. (The station is located in the borough of Sandwell, although it can only be reached from within the borough of Walsall.) The station, and all trains serving it are operated by London Midland.

History[edit]

The station was opened as Bescot Bridge[1]:19 in 1837 by the Grand Junction Railway but was later renamed Bescot.

It was renamed in Bescot Stadium in 1990 in order to serve Bescot Stadium, the newly built home of Walsall Football Club.

The station was re-opened on 11 September 2007 after a short period where it was closed for refurbishment. Whilst closed, no services called at the station, but trains continued to pass through.

Bescot station in 1962

Services[edit]

Bescot Stadium station is on the Walsall Line between Birmingham New Street and Walsall. The typical Monday-Saturday daytime service sees two trains per hour in each direction between Walsall and Birmingham New Street that are operated by Class 323 electric trains. These mostly continue onwards to Wolverhampton via the Stour Valley Line.

This service is reduced to one train per hour in the evenings and on Sundays (when they start/terminate at New Street). There are a small number of early morning and late evening trains on weekdays are operated by Class 170 diesel trains and extend past Walsall to either Hednesford or Rugeley Trent Valley.[2]

The station footbridge offers views of Bescot Yard, and its freight movements. Bescot TMD is adjacent to the station.

Access to the station is via Bescot Crescent (where there is a car park) and then a footpath which passes underneath the M6 motorway and over the River Tame, then an overbridge that does not comply with the Disability Discrimination Act.

London Midland proposed the closure of the ticket office, but this request was overruled in September 2012 by the Transport Minister.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Drake, James (1838). Drake’s Road Book of the Grand Junction Railway (1838). Moorland Reprints. ISBN 0903485257. 
  2. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 70
  3. ^ "London Midland ticket office closure plans overruled"BBC News article 17 September 2012

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Walsall   London Midland
Chase Line
  Tame Bridge Parkway
Wolverhampton   London Midland
Bescot Stadium-Wolverhampton
  Terminus
Historical railways
Wood Green
Line open, station closed
  London and North Western Railway
Darlaston Loop
  Newton Road
Line open, station closed