Blake Street railway station

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Blake Street National Rail
Blake Street Station - geograph.org.uk - 1258485.jpg
Location
PlaceHill Hook
Local authorityBirmingham
Grid referenceSK106007
Operations
Station codeBKT
Managed byWest Midlands Trains
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 0.344 million
2015/16Increase 0.378 million
2016/17Increase 0.380 million
2017/18Increase 0.382 million
2018/19Increase 0.435 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTETransport for West Midlands
Zone5
History
Key datesOpened 1884 (1884)
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 Blake Street from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
Blake Street Station in 1962

Blake Street railway station serves the Hill Hook area of Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, England. It is situated on the Cross-City Line, located on the county boundary between the West Midlands and Staffordshire. The station is managed by West Midlands Trains, who operate all trains serving it.

History[edit]

The station opened in 1884, when the London and North Western Railway extended their Birmingham to Sutton Coldfield line northward to Lichfield. In May 1978, Blake Street became one of the stations on the Cross-City Line, launched by the West Midlands PTE to link the Lichfield branch with the infrequently served suburban line to Kings Norton and Redditch.[1] The northern end was subsequently extended to Lichfield Trent Valley in 1988 and electrified on the 25 kV AC system in 1992.[2] The signalling at the station is set up so that trains can terminate or start from here, but the facility is only rarely used in the current (May 2018) timetable (just one each way Monday-Saturday).

Facilities[edit]

The station has a manned ticket office on the southbound side at street level, staffed on a part-time basis. A self-service ticket machine (located next to the booking office) is also available for use when the office is closed. At platform level, there is a waiting shelter on the northbound side and a waiting room on the southbound platform. CIS displays, timetable posters, customer help points and automated announcements provide train running information. Step-free access to both platforms is available via ramps from street level.[3]

Services[edit]

Trains operate at 10 or 20 minute intervals (Monday–Saturday daytime), with four trains per hour southbound; two to Brosmsgrove and two to Redditch. Northbound there are four trains per hour as well: two to Lichfield Trent Valley and two to Lichfield City. On Monday to Saturday evenings and on Sundays, trains run every 30 minutes between Lichfield Trent Valley and Redditch.

The typical journey time to Birmingham New Street is 29 minutes.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cross City Line - Birmingham"Georgraph.org; Retrieved 31 May 2016
  2. ^ "History of The Cross City Line" Redditch Model Railway Club; Retrieved 31 May 2016
  3. ^ Blake Street station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  4. ^ GB eNRT May 2018 Edition, Table 69 (Network Rail)

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Shenstone   West Midlands Railway
Cross-City Line
  Butlers Lane
Terminus    

Coordinates: 52°36′18″N 1°50′42″W / 52.605°N 1.845°W / 52.605; -1.845