Bordesley railway station

Coordinates: 52°28′17″N 1°52′36″W / 52.471524°N 1.876624°W / 52.471524; -1.876624
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Bordesley
National Rail
The station in 2022 preparing for football fans to alight.
General information
LocationBordesley, City of Birmingham
England
Coordinates52°28′17″N 1°52′36″W / 52.471524°N 1.876624°W / 52.471524; -1.876624
Grid referenceSP084860
Managed byWest Midlands Railway
Transit authorityTransport for West Midlands
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeBBS
Fare zone2
ClassificationDfT category F2
History
Opened1855
Passengers
2017/18Increase 18,182
2018/19Increase 20,688
2019/20Increase 24,180
2020/21Decrease 120
2021/22Increase 10,038
Location
Map
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Bordesley railway station is a small railway station serving the area of Bordesley in Birmingham, England located between Birmingham Moor Street and Small Heath stations. The current minimal level of service at the station is provided by West Midlands Trains services between Whitlocks End and Kidderminster via Birmingham Snow Hill. The station is the least used in the West Midlands county with only 10,038 passengers using it annually.

The single island platform is above street level, as the railway line here is on a viaduct. The only public access is from Coventry Road, directly underneath the railway bridge.

History[edit]

Bordesley station was opened in 1855 by the Great Western Railway on their main line from London (Paddington) to Birkenhead (Woodside). It was originally a two platform station, but was rebuilt as a four platform station with two island platforms when the line was upgraded to four tracks during 1915. The station once had extensive cattle sidings adjacent to and on Duddeston Viaduct. This viaduct was intended to link the line from Bordesley to the Derby Line but was left incomplete when it was realised that trains would be unable to serve Birmingham Curzon Street railway station, where rail services then terminated.[1][2]

View SE, towards Leamington and the south in 1962

The station still carries the painted lettering "BR(W) Bordesley Cattle Station", and "Bordesley Cattle Station GWR" from the time when, as part of the Great Western Railway and later British Rail's (Western) region, it was used to bring cattle from the countryside to the Bull Ring markets.[3]

The station was downgraded in the 1960s to minimal facilities and services, and one island platform was taken out of use.[1]

Services[edit]

Since May 2007, the station has been served by a single weekly parliamentary train in one direction only. Currently this is the 13:47 train from Whitlocks End to Kidderminster which calls at Bordesley at 14:08 on Saturdays only.[4]

The station primarily serves as a match day stop for nearby St Andrew's stadium of Birmingham City Football Club, and additional services stop there when there are home fixtures.[1]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
West Midlands Railway

Possible future development[edit]

Bordesley station may be closed or relocated if the proposed Bordesley chords are constructed. These chords would connect the Camp Hill line to Birmingham Moor Street station, and would pass right over the site of the present station.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bordesley station". Warwickshire Railways. Warwickshire railways. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Bordesley Station: Looking towards Moor Street station with the down and up relief island platforms on the left and the main down and up island platforms on the right". www.warwickshirerailways.com.
  3. ^ "Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands: Bordesley Station". Railaroundbirmingham.co.uk. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Train timetables and schedules | Bordesley". West Midlands Railway.
  5. ^ "£2 billion Midlands Rail Hub plans set out". Modern Railways. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 1 April 2023.

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