Shirley railway station (England)

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Shirley National Rail
Shirley railway station, geograph-3385821-by-Nigel-Thompson.jpg
Shirley railway station in 2011.
Location
PlaceShirley
Local authoritySolihull
Coordinates52°24′11″N 1°50′42″W / 52.403°N 1.845°W / 52.403; -1.845Coordinates: 52°24′11″N 1°50′42″W / 52.403°N 1.845°W / 52.403; -1.845
Grid referenceSP106783
Operations
Station codeSRL
Managed byWest Midlands Trains
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.332 million
2014/15Decrease 0.329 million
2015/16Increase 0.357 million
2016/17Increase 0.362 million
2017/18Increase 0.366 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTETransport for West Midlands
Zone4
History
Key datesOpened 1908 (1908)
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 Shirley from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Shirley railway station serves the Shirley area of Solihull in the West Midlands of England. Situated on the North Warwickshire Line, the station, and all trains serving it, are operated by West Midlands Trains.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the Great Western Railway on 1 June 1908, along with the line. It was considered an important station and was provided with substantial brick built buildings. The station was also provided with a goods yard and shed, which lasted until 1968.[1]

Until October 2010, Shirley station was the terminus for many commuter services from Birmingham which didn't run through to Stratford. These services were extended to terminate at the next station Whitlocks End, with the commissioning of a new turnback facility. This was done in order to alleviate traffic congestion at Shirley station, by encouraging commuters to drive to Whitlocks End, which had space for proper park and ride facilities.[2] The 1907 built signalbox that stood on the Stratford-upon-Avon bound platform became redundant, and was demolished at the end of 2010, despite a local campaign to see its retention.[3]

Services[edit]

During Monday to Saturday daytimes:

On Sundays, there is an hourly service to Worcester Foregate Street via Birmingham Snow Hill and to Stratford-upon-Avon.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shirley Station". Warwickshire Railways. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Links to Stratford-upon-Avon growing". Global Rail News. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  3. ^ "End of an era as signal box goes". Solihull News. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  4. ^ Table 71 National Rail timetable, May 2016

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Yardley Wood   West Midlands Railway
North Warwickshire Line
  Whitlocks End