Camp Hill Line

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Camp Hill Line
Type Heavy rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale West Midlands
Termini Birmingham New Street
Kings Norton
Stations 0/6
Opened 1840-41
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) CrossCountry
London Midland
Rolling stock Class 150
Class 170 "Turbostar"
Class 172 "Turbostar"
Class 220 "Voyager"
Class 221 "Super Voyager"
Number of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Camp Hill Line
Rugby-Birmingham-Stafford Line
Cross-City Line
Birmingham New StreetMidland Metro
Curzon Street
Cross-City Line
West Coast Main Line
(Rugby-Birmingham-Stafford Line)
Birmingham to Peterborough Line
Chiltern Main Line/
Birmingham to Stratford Line
Camp Hill Goods
Camp Hill
Brighton Road
Kings Heath
Cross-City Line
Kings Norton
Cross-City Line &
Cross Country Route

The Camp Hill line is a railway line in the West Midlands which lies between Kings Norton on the Cross-City Line and Birmingham New Street via Grand Junction on the main lines from Derby and Coventry.

It originated in a link between the first terminus at Camp Hill of the Birmingham and Gloucester Railway and the London and Birmingham Railway's Curzon Street. The B&GR had opened as far as Camp Hill in 1840, with the link to Curzon St being completed the following year; the joint MR & LNWR station at New Street was subsequently reached in 1854. As both of the MR lines approached New Street from the east, this meant that through trains between Derby and Bristol had to undertake an inconvenient reversal if calling there and so many services were instead routed directly to/from Camp Hill, calling there to allow New Street-bound passengers to catch a connecting local train. This practice continued until the Birmingham West Suburban Railway was extended through to New Street in 1885 - thereafter long distance trains were able to run through New Street and directly on towards Kings Norton & Cheltenham via this route without having to reverse.

Stopping passenger services were withdrawn in 1941 as a "Wartime Economy Measure", but the line remains open for freight traffic and for longer distance passenger train services. Seven railway stations along the line have been demolished; they are:

Future plans[edit]

The reinstatement of local rail services to the former Camp Hill Line has been a long term aspiration of the City,[1] and during 2007, Birmingham City Council announced that they were looking into the possibility of reopening the line between Kings Norton and Birmingham Moor Street via the construction of a railway viaduct from Sparkbrook to Bordesley, where trains would be taken into the "old" Birmingham Moor Street station. In October 2007, a 1500-name petition was handed in to the council asking for the line to be re-opened.[2] In 2013 the proposal was shelved indefinitely.[3]

In 2016, the newly created West Midlands Combined Authority, revived the plans to restore local passenger services to the line, and declared it one of their priority transport schemes to be delivered by 2025.[4][5]

Proposed station sites are:

Proposals for the reopening were estimated at a cost of around £170 million. This would have included a 3 train per hour service between Birmingham Moor Street and Kings Norton, as well as the restoration of the island platform at Kings Norton for passenger use.


  1. ^ "Reinstatement of Camp Hill Rail Services Moves A Step Closer". Birmingham City Council. 2007-07-13. Archived from the original on 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  2. ^ "Camp Hill railway petition delivered". Birmingham Post. 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2008-02-04. 
  3. ^ Council shunt Moseley and Kings Heath railway stations into the sidings
  4. ^ "Could Moseley to Birmingham trains return to end commuter hell?". Birmingham Mail. 9 June 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "£4Bn West Midlands transport boost unveiled by council leaders". The Chamberlain Files. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 20 July 2016. 

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