Bescot Stadium railway station

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Bescot Stadium National Rail
323201 at Bescot.JPG
Location
PlaceBescot
Local authoritySandwell
Coordinates52°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 referenceSP007961
Operations
Station codeBSC
Managed byWest Midlands Railway
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.137 million
2014/15Decrease 0.136 million
2015/16Increase 0.156 million
2016/17Increase 0.159 million
2017/18Increase 0.153 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTETransport for West Midlands
Zone4
History
1837Opened
2007Rebuilt
National RailUK railway stations
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.

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 West Midlands Railway with some services being operated by London Northwestern Railway.

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 three trains per hour in each direction. Southbound via Birmingham New Street there is one service per hour to London Euston and two stopping services per hour to Wolverhampton; with some services extended to/from Shrewsbury. Northbound, three trains per hour operate to Walsall with one continuing to Rugeley Trent Valley[2].

On Sundays and during the evenings, services are reduced.

Services are usually operated by Class 350 EMU or Class 323 EMU. Services to/from Shrewsbury are operated using Class 170 DMU

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.

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. ^ "West Midlands Railway - Timetable - Chase Line" (PDF).
  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
West Midlands Railway
Chase Line
West Midlands Railway
Wolverhampton-Walsall
London Northwestern Railway
London-Rugeley via Birmingham