Sutton Coldfield railway station
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Sutton Coldfield railway station is the main railway station for the town of Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands, England. It is situated on the Redditch-Birmingham New Street-Lichfield Cross-City Line 7 1⁄2 miles (12.1 km) north east of Birmingham New Street.
The station is of Victorian architecture with red brick and elaborate ceilings and pillars. One platform is sheltered while the other is open air. The main building itself is built on a hill with a tunnel running underneath it. It is accessed via Station Street and Railway Road.
The station was constructed in 1862, as the northern terminus of the line from Birmingham built by the London and North Western Railway. In 1884, the line was extended north to Lichfield, and after the grouping of railway companies in 1923, it came under the control of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway.
The station was the location of the Sutton Coldfield train disaster on 23 January 1955 when an express from York to Bristol travelling at excessive speed derailed. A memorial to the 17 people who died was unveiled in the station concourse on 23 January 2016.
From 1978, the station became one of those served by the new Cross-City Line, sponsored by the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive. As part of that scheme, there were proposals to demolish the station and rebuild it, as happened to many of the other stations on the line. However, local campaigning saved it.
Following the provision of a large sum of money in 2003, the station underwent a programme of refurbishment. Many new facilities were provided, and repair work was undertaken to the station building. The southbound platform was repainted and a former wooden ticket office removed because it had become a target for vandalism and concerns were raised about its fire safety. A new ticket vending machine was placed on the platform which reduced queues at the ticket office in the main building. A station shop and a new waiting room were provided. On the northbound platform, the small waiting room was replaced with new seats. Passenger information system boards were also installed on both platforms which provides passengers with up-to-the-minute information on train times. The interior of the station was also repainted and the ticket office in the main building was extended.
Train services operate every 10 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday, and every 30 minutes on Sundays. Northbound there are six trains an hour to Four Oaks, four of which extend to Lichfield City and two through to the terminus at Lichfield Trent Valley. Southbound there are six trains per hour to Longbridge and three through to Redditch. Sunday trains run the full length of the route (except at beginning & end of service).
The three southbound trains each hour that previously terminated at Longbridge are now extended to Bromsgrove from Summer 2018 once the Barnt Green to Bromsgrove section electrification was completed.
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- BBC News, Memorial plaque for Sutton Coldfield rail crash, published 24 January 2016
- Table 69 National Rail timetable, May 2017
- Bromsgrove Corridor resignalling Rail Engineer news article 17 January 2017; Retrieved 9 June 2018
- An Historical Survey Of Selected LMS Stations Vol. One Dr R Preston and R Powell Hendry. Oxford Pub. Co. (1982, Reprinted in 2001) ISBN 0-86093-168-4