Smethwick Rolfe Street railway station

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Smethwick Rolfe Street National Rail
Smethwick Rolfe Street Station 2.jpg
Location
Place Smethwick
Local authority Sandwell
Coordinates 52°29′46″N 1°58′16″W / 52.496°N 1.971°W / 52.496; -1.971Coordinates: 52°29′46″N 1°58′16″W / 52.496°N 1.971°W / 52.496; -1.971
Grid reference SP021887
Operations
Station code SMR
Managed by London Midland
Number of platforms 2
DfT category E
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.369 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.361 million
2013/14 Increase 0.403 million
2014/15 Increase 0.407 million
2015/16 Increase 0.454 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Transport for West Midlands
Zone 2
History
Key dates Opened 1852 (1852)
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 Smethwick Rolfe Street from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Smethwick Rolfe Street is one of two railway stations serving the town of Smethwick, West Midlands, England. It is situated on the Rugby-Birmingham-Stafford Line 3¼ miles (5 km) north west of Birmingham New Street. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by London Midland. The other station serving Smethwick is Smethwick Galton Bridge, which is the next stop up the line.

History[edit]

The station was opened in July 1852 [1]by the Birmingham, Wolverhampton, & Stour Valley Railway Company (later absorbed by London and North Western Railway) as part of the Stour Valley Line from Birmingham to Wolverhampton. It was rebuilt in its present form in 1890[1] when two level crossings in the centre of Smethwick were abolished. Drawings of the rebuilt station can be found on the Smethwick Rolfe Street Station gallery page of the Network Rail Corporate Archive.

In 1985, pupils from Parkside Junior School created a mural for Platform 1 under the direction of artist Jeremy Waygood as part of the Birmingham to Wolverhampton Corridor Initiative[2]

Services[edit]

The station is served by two trains per hour in each direction Mondays to Saturdays, by the local service between Wolverhampton, Birmingham New Street and Walsall via Aston.[3] On Sundays, the service runs hourly between New Street and Wolverhampton only.

These are usually operated by a mixture of Class 323 and Class 350s EMUs but occasional Class 170 DMUs are used.

Arriva Trains Wales and Virgin Trains run through the station but do not stop. Arriva Trains Wales call at the nearby station of Smethwick Galton Bridge en route to Holyhead or Aberystwyth.[4]

The station platforms.
Preceding station National Rail Following station
Birmingham New Street   London Midland
Walsall/Birmingham - Wolverhampton
  Smethwick Galton Bridge
Historical railways
Soho
Line open, station closed
  London and North Western Railway & Great Western Railway   Smethwick West
Line open, station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Clinker, C (1958). Railways of the West Midlands a chronology 1808-1954. London: Stephenson Locomotive Society. pp. 21, 46. 
  2. ^ "Young artists improve view". Smethwick Telephone. 25 Jul 1985. 
  3. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 68 (Network Rail)
  4. ^ Arriva Trains Wales Timetable 1: Swansea to Shrewsbury, Cambrian Coast and Chester to Birmingham

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