Stechford railway station

Coordinates: 52°29′02″N 1°48′40″W / 52.484°N 1.811°W / 52.484; -1.811
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General information
LocationStechford, Birmingham
Coordinates52°29′02″N 1°48′40″W / 52.484°N 1.811°W / 52.484; -1.811
Grid referenceSP128874
Managed byWest Midlands Railway
Transit authorityTransport for West Midlands
Other information
Station codeSCF
Fare zone3
ClassificationDfT category E
2018/19Increase 0.571 million
2019/20Decrease 0.541 million
2020/21Decrease 96,038
2021/22Increase 0.234 million
2022/23Increase 0.314 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Stechford railway station serves the Stechford area of Birmingham, England on Victoria Road, just off Station Road, which is part of the A4040 Birmingham outer ring road. The station and all trains serving it are operated by West Midlands Trains. It lies at the junction between the Birmingham to Coventry line and the predominantly freight-only Stechford-Aston spur.

The station was much more important at the end of the 19th century, retaining a working freight yard until as late as the 1980s. The yard tracks have since been lifted. The 19th-century bridge over the railway underwent renovation from August to September 2006.


The original London & Birmingham Railway Stechford station opened in December 1844[1] with staggered platforms on either side of a level-crossing. In 1882, the level crossing became a bridge (Station Road) over the railway, the platforms were moved to the west (Birmingham) side of the bridge and a station building on the bridge became the entrance to both sets of platforms via steps. Around 1963, this building was demolished (the supports can still be seen next to the Station Road bridge) and a small utilitarian replacement building was provided in Frederick Road.

On 28 February 1967, Stechford station was the scene of a train collision.[2]

The line to/from Aston was in the past used by a limited direct service between Walsall and Birmingham International and by Wrexham & Shropshire services between Wrexham General and London Marylebone (though not calling here) until January 2011. The direct line through to Aston is now used by limited freight services only.

Until 2020, Stechford station had poor access for people with mobility impairments. Steep steps led from the ticket office to the Birmingham platform, and the Coventry platform could be reached only by traversing a further bridge. In 2019, the Department for Transport invested £3.9 million into an overhaul of the station.[3] The renovation was completed in 2020 with construction of a new footbridge with lifts, connected by a ramp from the booking office.[4]


The station has a ticket office located at the station entrance off Station Road which is open Monday-Thursday 08:00-15:00, Friday 08:00-20:00, Saturday 09:00-18:00 and Sunday 11:00-13:00.[5] When the ticket office is open tickets must be purchased before boarding the train. Outside of these times there is a ticket machine outside the ticket office which accepts card payments only - cash and voucher payments can be made to the senior conductor on the train.

Cycle parking is available.

Step free access is available between the platforms via lifts and an overbridge. Station staff provide information and assistance whilst the ticket office is open. Outside of these hours information is available from help points located on both platforms and from the senior conductor on the train.


Stechford is served by two trains per hour, to Rugeley Trent Valley via Birmingham New Street northbound and to Birmingham International southbound. Services to/from Rugeley Trent Valley call at Adderley Park. A limited service operates beyond Birmingham International towards Coventry and Northampton, mainly at peak times and the start/end of service.

On Sundays, there is an hourly service northbound to Rugeley and Birmingham New Street and southbound to Birmingham International with the first 4 and last 4 services of the day extending to Coventry, Northampton via Rugby or London Euston.[6][7][8]

All services are operated by West Midlands Trains. Most services operate under the West Midlands Railway brand but some services (those which start/terminate at Northampton or Euston) operate under the London Northwestern Railway brand.

Platform usage[edit]

View from Platform 1 towards Platform 2, and beyond the defunct Platform 3

Platform 1 is used by services to Birmingham New Street most of which are services from Birmingham International to Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley. Platform 2 is used by services to Birmingham International, Coventry, Northampton and London Euston. Platform 3 currently has no timetabled services. Up Walsall to Birmingham International trains formerly had a platform face of their own (platform 3), but down Birmingham International to Walsall trains used the up main platform via a facing crossover.


  1. ^ "Railway Passenger Stations in Great Britain: a Chronology" The Railway and Canal Historical Society; Retrieved 23 May 2020
  2. ^ Pithie, Fraser (February 2017). "Fatal Signals at Stechford". The Railway Magazine. Vol. 163, no. 1, 391. Horncastle: Mortons Media. p. 22. ISSN 0033-8923.
  3. ^ "£3.9 million overhaul of Stechford station to provide step-free access for everyone". Network Rail Media Centre. Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  4. ^ "New lifts open at Stechford railway station". RailAdvent. 19 July 2020. Retrieved 6 October 2023.
  5. ^ "Stechford". West Midlands Railway.
  6. ^ "GB eNRT May 2023 Edition, Table 69" (PDF). Network Rail.
  7. ^ "Train times | from 21 May 2023 | Northampton-Rugby-Coventry-Birmingham". West Midlands Railway.
  8. ^ "Train timetables and schedules | Stechford". West Midlands Railway.

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
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London Northwestern Railway
Limited service