Longbridge railway station

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Longbridge National Rail
Longbridge Railway Station.jpg
Location
PlaceLongbridge
Local authorityBirmingham
Coordinates52°23′46″N 1°58′48″W / 52.396°N 1.980°W / 52.396; -1.980Coordinates: 52°23′46″N 1°58′48″W / 52.396°N 1.980°W / 52.396; -1.980
Grid referenceSP013775
Operations
Station codeLOB
Managed byWest Midlands Railway[1]
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.797 million
2014/15Increase 0.832 million
2015/16Increase 0.919 million
2016/17Increase 0.963 million
2017/18Increase 0.974 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTETransport for West Midlands
Zone4
History
Original companyBirmingham and Gloucester Railway
15 November 1841Station opened
1 May 1849Closed
8 May 1978Reopened
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Longbridge from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Longbridge railway station serves the Longbridge area in the south-west of Birmingham, England. It is on the Cross City Line. The station and all trains calling there are operated by West Midlands Trains.

History[edit]

Two previous stations serving Longbridge have existed: The first was opened at a location just south of the current station in 1840, when the original Birmingham and Gloucester Railway opened, it did not prosper and closed in 1849.[2]

Longbridge station in 1979, still incomplete it had opened the previous year.

Another Longbridge station had existed nearby, on the Halesowen Railway branch to Old Hill: this station only ever served workman's trains, and operated between 1915 and 1964.[2][3]

The current station, on Tessall Lane, was built to the designs of the architect John Broome[4] and opened in 1978 under the auspices of British Rail, as part of the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive's Cross-City Line scheme. It was built as a simple two platform station on the four-track line, with a turnback siding just south of the station for terminating services. Initially nearly all Cross-City Line services terminated here, until 1980 when some were extended to Redditch. The line was electrified in 1993.[2]

Services[edit]

During Monday-Saturday daytimes, northbound trains operate every 10 minutes with two trains per hour to Four Oaks, two to Lichfield City and two through to Lichfield Trent Valley. Southbound trains operate every 20 minutes to Redditch and every 20 minutes to Bromsgrove. On Sundays, trains operate every 30 minutes between Redditch and Lichfield.[5]

Services are operated by Class 323 electric multiple units. Since 29 July 2018, the trains that used to start or terminate here have been extended through to/from Bromsgrove (except for a small number of early morning and late night trains) following the completion of a scheme to extend the Cross City electrification from Barnt Green.[6] Three trains per hour operate to/from Bromsgrove Mon-Sat and two each way per hour on Sundays (the latter start/terminate at New Street).

Platforms at Longbridge with Class 323 about to depart towards Birmingham New Street
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
West Midlands Railway
Cross-City Line
Disused railways
Line and station closed
Great Western RailwayTerminus
Line and station closed
Midland RailwayTerminus

Disabled access[edit]

The ticket office and footbridge have level access from Longbridge Lane. Platform 1 (for trains towards Birmingham New Street) has step-free access by means of a lift from the footbridge, and platform 2 (for trains towards Redditch) has a ramp from the footbridge to platform level.

New Station Upgrade[edit]

As of yet, only the building is being changed.[7] We have no information about the platforms, but for now, they remain the same. Longbridge will have some new facilities including toilets, more accessible ticketing area and a new building to replace the vandalised one, helping in with the Longbridge Redevelopment/Big City Plan.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Station facilities for Longbridge
  2. ^ a b c Boynton, John (1993). Rails Across The City, The Story of The Birmingham Cross City Line. Kidderminster: Mid England Books. ISBN 0-9522248-0-1.
  3. ^ "Longbridge Station (Halesowen Railway) 1915 - 1964". Rail around Birmingham & the West Midlands. Retrieved 22 January 2016.
  4. ^ Lawrence, David (2018). British Rail Architecture 1948-97. Crecy Publishing Ltd. p. 155. ISBN 9780860936855.
  5. ^ GB National Rail Timetable May 2018 Edition, Table 69 (Network Rail)
  6. ^ Bromsgrove Corridor resignalling Rail Engineer article 17 January 2017; Retrieved 7 June 2017
  7. ^ "Longbridge Train Station Revamp" (News at 6). BBC, itv. BBC, itv. 20/4/2019. Check date values in: |accessdate=, |date= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)

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