Blake Street railway station

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Blake Street National Rail
Blake Street Station - geograph.org.uk - 1258485.jpg
Location
Place Hill Hook
Local authority Birmingham
Grid reference SK106007
Operations
Station code BKT
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 Decrease 0.313 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.307 million
2013/14 Increase 0.338 million
2014/15 Increase 0.344 million
2015/16 Increase 0.378 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Transport for West Midlands
Zone 5
History
Key dates Opened 1884 (1884)
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* 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.
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Blake Street Station in 1962

Blake Street railway station serves the Hill Hook area of Sutton Coldfield, 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 London Midland, 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 25Kv 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 2016) timetable (just one each way Monday-Saturday).

Services[edit]

Trains operate every 15 minutes (Monday–Saturday), with four trains per hour southbound; two to Longbridge and two to Redditch. Northbound there are four trains per hour as well: two to Lichfield Trent Valley and two to Lichfield City. On Sundays, trains run every 30 minutes between Lichfield Trent Valley and Redditch.

The typical journey time to Birmingham New Street is 29 minutes.[3]

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. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 69 (Network Rail)

External links[edit]

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London Midland
Terminus London Midland

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