Spring Road railway station

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Spring Road National Rail
Spring Road station - 2009-03-07.jpg
Location
PlaceAcocks Green
Local authorityBirmingham
Coordinates52°26′38″N 1°50′10″W / 52.444°N 1.836°W / 52.444; -1.836Coordinates: 52°26′38″N 1°50′10″W / 52.444°N 1.836°W / 52.444; -1.836
Grid referenceSP111828
Operations
Station codeSRI
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 0.164 million
2014/15Decrease 0.161 million
2015/16Increase 0.163 million
2016/17Decrease 0.161 million
2017/18Increase 0.167 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTETransport for West Midlands
Zone3
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 Spring Road from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Spring Road is a small railway station in the Acocks Green area of Birmingham, England. It is situated on the North Warwickshire Line, between Tyseley and Hall Green stations. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by West Midlands Railway.

History[edit]

The station was opened in 1908 as a halt named Spring Road Platform to ease traffic from the station at Tyseley, and to serve a cluster of cottages on the nearby land, which were owned until 1925 by the landowner at Fox Hollies Hall, Zaccheus Walker IV. The station consisted of two platforms with shelters, with ramps leading from street level to the station below. Passengers had to purchase their tickets on the train.

The station served as a request stop for the railmotor excursions throughout the years before the First World War, with Acocks Green building up around it. Zaccheus Walker IV, who was a well-respected philanthropist in the area, used the station for school trips (paid for by him personally) to the countryside and Stratford upon Avon.

At the end of the Second World War, a factory consisting of two buildings was built alongside the station, belonging to Lucas. The larger of the two known as BW3 and BW4 were later sold to Magneti Marelli in the early 1990s, before passing into the hands of Denso in 2003. The smaller BW5 stayed in the hands of Lucas as part of Lucas Aerospace. Lucas was bought out by TRW in 1998, BW5 has been in the hands of Goodrich since October 2002 when TRW sold off all its aerospace businesses.

In the 1950s, a permanent ticket-office was placed at the top of the ramp leading to Platform 1 (towards Birmingham). An older shelter at the top of this ramp built after the Second World War was converted into a toolshed, which it is used as today.

Workers at the factory first used the station to travel to and from work, which kept the station open during the era of the Beeching Axe, but traffic became less with the appearance of the private car.

Services[edit]

During Monday to Saturday daytimes:

On Sundays, there is an hourly service each way – northbound to Snow Hill and Worcester Foregate Street and southbound to Stratford-upon-Avon.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Table 71 National Rail timetable, May 2016

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Tyseley   West Midlands Railway
North Warwickshire Line
  Hall Green