Five Ways railway station

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Five Ways National Rail
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Location
Place Five Ways
Local authority Birmingham
Coordinates 52°28′12″N 1°54′47″W / 52.470°N 1.913°W / 52.470; -1.913Coordinates: 52°28′12″N 1°54′47″W / 52.470°N 1.913°W / 52.470; -1.913
Grid reference SP059858
Operations
Station code FWY
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 2
DfT category D
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 1.345 million
2012/13 Increase 1.350 million
2013/14 Increase 1.447 million
2014/15 Increase 1.453 million
2015/16 Increase 1.586 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Transport for West Midlands
Zone 1
History
1885 Original station opened
1944 Original station closed
1978 Current station opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Five Ways from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Five Ways railway station is a railway station serving the Five Ways and Lee Bank areas of Birmingham, England. It is situated on the Cross-City Line.

The original Five Ways station operated between 1885 and 1944. The station was reopened in 1978 when the Cross-City line services were created.

History[edit]

LMS Birmingham to Five Ways train ticket, issued on 17 May 1927

The original station was opened in 1885 by the Midland Railway, when the Birmingham West Suburban Railway (BWSR) was extended into Birmingham New Street. It fell prey to competition from local bus services, and services were suspended in 1944, as a wartime economy measure, under the auspices of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.[1] The closure was made permanent by British Railways in 1950.[2]

Alongside the station was the spur line leading to Central Goods station. The junction to this line was just south of Five Ways. The spur was part of the original alignment of the BWSR, leading to its original terminus at Granville Street. Following the closure of Granville Street in 1885, the spur line was extended to run to Central Goods station, which remained open until the late 1960s.[3]

Reopening[edit]

The station was rebuilt and reopened in 1978, as part of the creation of the Cross-City Line services. Built with its main entrance on Islington Row Middleway.[3] British Rail also carried out electrification of the lines through the station in 1993.

Ticket barriers were installed at the start of 2009 and became operational shortly before the end of April in the same year.

The station achieved a milestone in 2009/10 by having over 1 million "entries and exits", as denoted by ticket sales.

Local attractions[edit]

Five Ways is the nearest railway station to Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Edgbaston cricket ground and the Birmingham Oratory.

Services[edit]

The station is served by London Midland local "Cross-City" services between Redditch and Lichfield, operated by Class 323 electrical multiple units. Trains operate every 10 minutes during Monday-Saturday daytimes, every 10–20 minutes Monday-Saturday evenings, and every 30 minutes on Sundays.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Five Ways Station". Warwickshire Railways. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  2. ^ Passengers No More by G.Daniels and L.Dench
  3. ^ a b "Five Ways Station". Rail Around Birmingham & the West Midlands. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Table 69 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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