Smethwick West railway station

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Smethwick West
It used to be Smethwick West railway station, Row17, 1807140.jpg
The remains of Smethwick West station in 2010
Location
Place Smethwick
Area Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell
Coordinates 52°30′06″N 1°59′02″W / 52.5016°N 1.9839°W / 52.5016; -1.9839Coordinates: 52°30′06″N 1°59′02″W / 52.5016°N 1.9839°W / 52.5016; -1.9839
Grid reference SP011892
Operations
Pre-grouping Great Western Railway
Platforms 2
History
1 April 1867 Opened as Smethwick Junction
17 September 1956 Renamed Smethwick West
1996 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Smethwick West was a railway station on the Great Western Railway between Stourbridge Junction station and Smethwick Junction. It was opened as Smethwick Junction railway station in 1867.[1]

It closed in 1996, being replaced by a new railway station, Smethwick Galton Bridge, around 110 yards (100 metres) to the east, which serves two railway lines.

History[edit]

Smethwick Junction railway station was opened by the Great Western Railway in 1867. It was located on the Great Western Railway line running between Smethwick Junction and Stourbridge Junction station.[1] The junction connected the Great Western route to the Stour Valley Line, which is now part of the West Coast route. In 1956 the British Transport Commission renamed the station to Smethwick West.[1]

With the run down of Birmingham Snow Hill, passenger services were diverted to Birmingham New Street from 1967; and Smethwick West became a station on the route between Birmingham New Street, Stourbridge Junction and Worcester Foregate Street.

Reduced levels of local services continued from Snow Hill to Wolverhampton Low Level; with four trains per day from Snow Hill to Langley Green, via Smethwick West, using Class 122 units, nicknamed "bubble cars". These services ended in March 1972; and the Great Western route to Birmingham Snow Hill also closed in 1972. A single freight-only line to Coopers Scrap Yard, on the Great Western line in Handsworth was kept in use.

The route to Snow Hill was restored in 1995.

Closure[edit]

Smethwick West was essentially replaced by Smethwick Galton Bridge railway station when the Jewellery line opened to Birmingham Snow Hill. Smethwick West was due to close in 1995 upon the opening of Smethwick Galton Bridge railway station, but an administrative error meant that it was unable to be closed until 1996. For this one-year period, Smethwick West was served by one train per week to satisfy the "not closed" criteria. The platforms and station furniture for Smethwick West were still in situ, and trains continue to pass through the site.[2] The station lies adjacent to Smethwick Junction.

Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Rood End
Station Closed and Line Open
  Great Western Railway
Later British Rail
  Handsworth and Smethwick
Station Closed, Line Open
Rood End
Station Closed and Line Open
  London and North Western Railway
Later British Rail
  via Galton Junction
Smethwick Rolfe Street
Station and Line Open

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. 
  2. ^ "Smethwick West Station". Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 

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