Four Oaks railway station

Coordinates: 52°34′48″N 1°49′41″W / 52.58000°N 1.82806°W / 52.58000; -1.82806
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Four Oaks
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A front-on view of Platforms 2 & 3 at Four Oaks railway station in March 2024
General information
LocationFour Oaks, Birmingham
Grid referenceSP117980
Managed byWest Midlands Railway
Transit authorityTransport for West Midlands
Other information
Station codeFOK
Fare zone5
ClassificationDfT category E
2018/19Increase 0.823 million
2019/20Decrease 0.805 million
2020/21Decrease 0.121 million
2021/22Increase 0.377 million
2022/23Increase 0.498 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Four Oaks railway station serves the Four Oaks area of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, England. It is situated on the Cross-City Line. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by West Midlands Railway.


The station opened in 1884, when the London and North Western Railway's line from Birmingham to Sutton Coldfield was extended to Lichfield. More recently, in May 1978 Four Oaks became the northern terminus of the newly inaugurated Cross-City Line from Longbridge via Birmingham New Street, with trains running up to every 10 minutes in each direction.

The line to the north towards Lichfield City had a less frequent service to begin with (Lichfield being outside the West Midlands PTE boundary), but the growing popularity of the route led to it gaining additional services by the mid-1980s. Eventually, the line was extended to Lichfield Trent Valley in November 1988. Electric operation at the station commenced in 1992 (as far as New Street), with the full line through to Redditch following suit in July 1993.

Four Oaks remains a terminus for some services from the south, which mostly use the dead-end platform 3 on the eastern side of the station to turn back.[1] Northbound trains continuing to Lichfield use platform 1 and southbound ones from there use platform 2 (though this can also be used for terminating trains from the south if required).


Four Oaks platform with a ticket machine

The station has a staffed ticket office on the eastern island platform, which is open seven days per week (Monday - Friday 06:00 - 20:00, Saturday 07:00 - 20:00, Sunday 09:00 - 16:00). Ticket machines are available on platforms 1 and 2/3 for use outside these times and for collecting pre-paid tickets. Train running information is provided by customer help points, timetable posters, automated announcements and CIS displays. Step-free access is available to all three platforms.[2]


A Centro livery West Midlands Railway Class 323 at Four Oaks Platform 3 in 2023

The station is served by West Midlands Trains with local Transport for West Midlands branded "Cross-City" services, operated by Class 323 Electric multiple units.

The off-peak service pattern is as follows:

Mondays to Saturdays:


  • 2tph northbound to Lichfield Trent Valley.
  • 2tph southbound to Redditch.

Services on Sundays call at all stations between Lichfield T.V. and Redditch.

The average journey time to Birmingham New Street is around 24 minutes.[3][4]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Butlers Lane   West Midlands Railway
Lichfield – Four Oaks – Birmingham – Bromsgrove/Redditch
Cross-City Line
  Sutton Coldfield


  1. ^ "Cross City Line - Birmingham" article; Retrieved 27 October 2016
  2. ^ Four Oaks station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  3. ^ "Train Timetables and Schedules | Four Oaks". West Midlands Railway.
  4. ^ "Train Times | The Cross City Line | 30 December 2023 until 1 June 2024". West Midlands Railway.


  • An Historical Survey Of Selected LMS Stations Vol. One Dr R Preston and R Powell Hendry. Oxford Pub. Co. (1982, Reprinted in 2001) ISBN 0-86093-168-4

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