The Hawthorns station
The Hawthorns station, the Midland Metro platforms to the left, the railway platforms to the right.
|Managed by||West Midlands Trains|
|Number of platforms||2 (train) + 2 (metro)|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|PTE||Transport for West Midlands|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at The Hawthorns from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
|West Midlands Metro tram stop|
Midland Metro platforms
|Location||The Hawthorns, West Bromwich|
|Line(s)||Line 1 (Birmingham – Wolverhampton)|
|Passengers (2015/16)||Approx. 1,100 daily|
The Hawthorns station is a railway station and tram stop, opened in 1995 in Sandwell, near Birmingham, West Midlands, England. The station shares its name with the local football ground, The Hawthorns, the home of West Bromwich Albion F.C., which it serves.
Between 1931 and 1968, The Hawthorns Halt partly occupied the site of the current station, opened by the Great Western Railway on their London (Paddington) to Birkenhead via Birmingham (Snow Hill) line. It served football specials only, and had minimal facilities, as such it was not deemed worthy of 'station' status. It consisted of three platforms: platform 3 catering for return travel to Stourbridge, with platforms 1 and 2 being sited the other side of Halfords Lane.
The present station was opened in 1995, as part of the "Jewellery Line" project to restore services to Birmingham Snow Hill, this time it opened as a fully fledged station with regular services on the cross-city Snow Hill Lines. In 1999 the Midland Metro tram line opened between Birmingham and Wolverhampton, adding two tram platforms alongside the two railway platforms.
Its passenger numbers are assisted with free parking and its close proximity to Junction 1 of the M5. Pedestrian and vehicular access is via Halfords Lane.
Most trains are operated by West Midlands Railway. The Monday to Saturday daytime service sees trains approximately every 10 minutes in each direction, operating between Stourbridge Junction, Birmingham Snow Hill, and either Dorridge or Whitlocks End. Many trains continue beyond Stourbridge to Kidderminster, Worcester Foregate Street or Great Malvern, and some continue beyond Whitlocks End or Dorridge to Stratford-upon-Avon. Extra services are laid on around the time of football matches to assist fans in travelling to and from the match.
West Midlands Metro services operate at frequent intervals, between Grand Central and Wolverhampton St Georges. Mondays to Saturdays, services in each direction run at six to eight-minute intervals during the day, and at fifteen-minute intervals during the evenings and on Sundays.
- "2016 West Midlands Travel Trends Covering Report" (PDF). West Midlands Combined Authority. p. 39. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
- "The Hawthorns Station 1931 - 1968:1995 - Present". Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands. Retrieved 28 Oct 2013.
- Table 71 National Rail timetable, May 2016
- "Midland Metro timetable". Network West Midlands. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
- Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith (2007). Worcester to Birmingham. Middleton Press. figs. 99-100. ISBN 9781904474975. OCLC 263292710.
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- Train times and station information for The Hawthorns station from National Rail
- Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands: The Hawthorns station