The Hawthorns station

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The Hawthorns National Rail Midland Metro
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The Hawthorns station, the Midland Metro platforms to the left, the railway platforms to the right.
Location
PlaceWest Bromwich
Local authoritySandwell
Coordinates52°30′18″N 1°57′50″W / 52.505°N 1.964°W / 52.505; -1.964Coordinates: 52°30′18″N 1°57′50″W / 52.505°N 1.964°W / 52.505; -1.964
Grid referenceSP025897
Operations
Station codeTHW
Managed byWest Midlands Trains
Number of platforms2 (train) + 2 (metro)
DfT categoryE
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13Increase 0.406 million
2013/14Increase 0.433 million
2014/15Decrease 0.423 million
2015/16Increase 0.440 million
2016/17Decrease 0.437 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTETransport for West Midlands
Zone2
History
1931Opened
1968Closed
1995Reopened
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 The Hawthorns from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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The Hawthorns
Midland Metro
West Midlands Metro tram stop
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Midland Metro platforms
LocationThe Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Sandwell
England
Line(s)Line 1 (Birmingham – Wolverhampton)
Platforms2
History
Opened1999
Traffic
Passengers (2015/16)Approx. 1,100 daily[1]

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.

History[edit]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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.

Services[edit]

Train[edit]

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.[3] Extra services are laid on around the time of football matches to assist fans in travelling to and from the match.

Chiltern Railways services operate in peak hours only, between Kidderminster and London Marylebone. Four Chiltern trains call at The Hawthorns in each direction.

Metro[edit]

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.[4]

Preceding station   MidlandMetroGenericSymbol.svg Midland Metro   Following station
Kenrick Park   Line 1   Handsworth, Booth Street
National Rail National Rail
Jewellery Quarter   West Midlands Railway
Snow Hill-Worcester
  Smethwick Galton Bridge
Jewellery Quarter   Chiltern Railways
London-Kidderminster
  Smethwick Galton Bridge
Disused railways
Handsworth and Smethwick   Great Western Railway
Later British Rail
Birmingham-Wolverhampton (1931–1968)
  West Bromwich

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ a b "The Hawthorns Station 1931 - 1968:1995 - Present". Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands. Retrieved 28 Oct 2013.
  3. ^ Table 71 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  4. ^ "Midland Metro timetable". Network West Midlands. Retrieved 14 December 2015.

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