Bromsgrove railway station
|Managed by||West Midlands Railway|
|Number of platforms||4|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|24 June 1840||Opened|
|12 July 2016||Relocated|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bromsgrove from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Bromsgrove railway station serves the town of Bromsgrove in Worcestershire, England. It is located at the foot of the two-mile Lickey Incline which ascends at a gradient of 1-in-37.7 towards Barnt Green on the line between Birmingham and Worcester. Bromsgrove is managed by West Midlands Railway. The current station opened on 12 July 2016, replacing an older station located slightly to the north.
On 10 November of that year, an experimental steam locomotive named 'Surprise' burst its boiler at the station, killing the driver, Thomas Scaife, and fireman, Joseph Rutherford (some authorities say the incident happened on the Lickey Incline but this is due to an erroneous early report in the Worcestershire Chronicle which was later corrected.). They are buried in Bromsgrove churchyard.
In June 1969 the station was rebuilt with a single platform on the up (northbound) side, which required stopping down (southbound) trains to cross to the up line and back again after calling at Bromsgrove station. In the 1970s and early 1980s, the service frequency had decreased to a small number of trains in the peak hours. A new platform on the down side was opened in May 1990.
On 4 May 2007, Network Rail announced that a new station will be built, to replace the existing structure. This was to be in a brownfield site adjacent to the current site, and would allow six car trains to stop at the station. The cost was projected to be in the region of £10-12 million, and it was estimated that the station could be operational by Easter 2009. However, by June 2009 the project was still only in the development stage and the funding for it was subsequently frozen by the local authority in June 2010.
Contamination of the land was a known factor by February 2013 and was included in the Consultation Report published on the Worcestershire County Council website. Planning permission for the new station was eventually granted by Worcestershire County Council in September 2013, three years after the funding for it was previously withdrawn. By this stage it had been decided that the station would have four platforms, able to accommodate nine car trains, and linked by a covered footbridge served by lifts and stairs. A ticket office, waiting room and toilets would also be provided. Work began on the new station in March 2014.
Even after construction started, the opening date for the station was delayed several times. It was first scheduled to open in May 2015 and then was postponed to November 2015. It was later due for spring 2016. However contamination on site and a previously undiscovered culvert resulted in the opening date being pushed back to Summer 2016. The new £24 million station opened on 12 July 2016, initially with two platforms in use for passengers but platform three will be a turnback platform for services that terminate at Bromsgrove. The old station platforms and associated structures were removed and demolished during track remodelling in November 2016.
The station name signs on the platforms are on a gold background with white text instead of the usual white background with black text. This was unveiled by London Midland in honour of Lauren Rowles, a local woman who won gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
The station and all trains serving it are operated by West Midlands Trains, who operate an hourly service from Birmingham New Street to Hereford; with additional services in the peak hours starting or terminating short at Great Malvern and Worcester Shrub Hill.. Electric services on the Cross City Line began running to/from Birmingham New Street and Lichfield Trent Valley from 29 July 2018. Three trains per hour operate each way on weekdays, one to Four Oaks, one to Lichfield City and the third to Lichfield Trent Valley. On Sundays, the frequency is half-hourly to and from New Street only. The limited Mon-Sat CrossCountry service from here was withdrawn from 30th July 2018.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|West Midlands Railway|
|Longbridge||West Midlands Railway
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|Great Western Railway
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Phase two of the station redevelopment project has seen the electrification of the line from Bromsgrove to Barnt Green. This was originally planned to happen between 2011 and 2014, but this date has been amended in the wake of the delays to construction work on the new station. This resulted in an extra three trains per hour on the Cross-City Line serving the new station, when the new electrification went live in 2018.
The electrification work involves reconstruction of four overbridges between Barnt Green and Bromsgrove and 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) of electrification works between Barnt Green junction and Bromsgrove. Re-signalling and track relaying work tied into the project at the station and at various points further north saw all services diverted via Kidderminster or replaced by buses between Droitwich Spa and Longbridge for twelve days in the autumn of 2016.
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- Davies, Tom (7 October 2016). "Paralympic hero Lauren Rowles celebrated with gold station sign". Bromsgrove Advertiser. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
- GB eNRT May 2018 Edition, Tables 57 & 71
- First Cross City line trains arrive at Bromsgrove Collis, Emily Bromsgrove Advertiser news article 30 July 2018; Retrieved 3 August 2018
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- Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2006). Bromsgrove to Gloucester. Middleton Press. figs. 1-10. ISBN 9781904474739. OCLC 931169432.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bromsgrove railway station.|
- Train times and station information for Bromsgrove railway station from National Rail
- a Website dedicated to the Railway Line between Bromsgrove & Barnt Green
- Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands: Bromsgrove station