Dorridge railway station

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Dorridge National Rail
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Location
Place Dorridge
Local authority Metropolitan Borough of Solihull
Grid reference SP169748
Operations
Station code DDG
Managed by Chiltern Railways
Number of platforms 3
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Decrease 0.575 million
2012/13 Increase 0.612 million
2013/14 Increase 0.638 million
2014/15 Increase 0.655 million
2015/16 Increase 0.700 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Transport for West Midlands
Zone 5
History
Key dates Opened 1852 (1852)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Dorridge from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Dorridge railway station serves the village of Dorridge in the West Midlands of England. The station is served by Chiltern Railways, who manage the station, and also by London Midland.

History[edit]

The station was built by the Great Western Railway in 1852, on their line from Birmingham to Oxford. In the past, the station was known as Knowle and Dorridge, as it also serves the nearby village of Knowle. Prior to electrification of the former LMS line from London Euston to Birmingham New Street the former GWR London Paddington - Birkenhead Woodside trains passed through the station but did not stop.

The station was renamed from Knowle to Dorridge on 6 May 1974.[1]

Services[edit]

Dorridge is the terminus of many London Midland services from Stourbridge Junction, Kidderminster or beyond, via Birmingham Snow Hill. It is also a stop on the Chiltern Railways route from London Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill or (peak times only) Kidderminster. Platforms 1 & 2 are used for the Chiltern Railways services, while platform 3 is where the London Midland services terminate/start from.

L.M trains normally only run through to & from Leamington during peak hours, though since the December 2013 timetable changes, one weekday & Saturday Stourbridge Junction service per hour is extended to run to & from Stratford-upon-Avon.[2] CrossCountry services pass through the station, but do not stop.

1963 crash[edit]

On 15 August 1963 three train crew died in the Knowle and Dorridge rail crash. The three fatalities occurred when a signalman's error in Knowle and Dorridge signal box allowed an express train to collide at 20 miles per hour (32 km/h) with a freight train in the station, killing the express train crew.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Slater, J.N., ed. (July 1974). "Notes and News: Stations renamed by LMR". Railway Magazine. London: IPC Transport Press Ltd. 120 (879): 363. ISSN 0033-8923. 
  2. ^ Table 71 & 115 National Rail timetable, May 2016

External links[edit]

A northward view of Dorridge railway station in 2010.
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Widney Manor   Chiltern Railways
London-Birmingham
  Lapworth
Solihull   Chiltern Railways
Chiltern Main Line fast services
  Warwick Parkway
Widney Manor   London Midland
Leamington-Worcester
  Lapworth
Limited Service

Coordinates: 52°22′19″N 1°45′11″W / 52.372°N 1.753°W / 52.372; -1.753