Whitlocks End railway station

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Whitlocks End National Rail
Whitlock's End railway station, geograph-3385825-by-Nigel-Thompson.jpg
Whitlocks End station in 2011
Location
PlaceWhitlock's End
Local authoritySolihull
Grid referenceSP102771
Operations
Station codeWTE
Managed byWest Midlands Trains
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 135,890
2015/16Increase 143,224
2016/17Increase 147,814
2017/18Increase 158,060
2018/19Increase 161,494
Passenger Transport Executive
PTETransport for West Midlands
Zone4
History
Key datesOpened 1936 (1936)
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 Whitlocks End from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Whitlocks End railway station is a railway station on the North Warwickshire Line located next to both the hamlet of Whitlock's End in the West Midlands of England and the small village of Major's Green in Worcestershire. It is also located a short distance from the village of Hollywood, and the new village of Dickens Heath. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by West Midlands Trains.

The station serves as the terminus for many local services on the Snow Hill Lines from either Stourbridge Junction, Kidderminster or Worcester Foregate Street. Of the three hourly services, two terminate/start here, and one continues to Stratford-Upon-Avon.

History[edit]

The station was opened by the Great Western Railway on 6 June 1936 to cater for the increased housing developments in the area, and was originally called Whitlocks End Halt, the suffix was dropped on 6 May 1968. The original 1936 station had short and low platforms, this led to it being completely rebuilt in 1999 at a cost of £800,000.[1]

The station formerly had only one train per hour in either direction, this was changed from 1 October 2010, when services which had previously terminated at Shirley were extended to terminate at Whitlocks End, with the opening of a new turnback facility at the station. This was done in order to alleviate traffic congestion at Shirley station, by encouraging commuters to drive to Whitlocks End, which is the next station along the line. This in turn led to the station car park being extended in September 2011 to accommodate increased demand.[2]

The 275-space free station car park is managed by Transport for West Midlands. Network Rail have recently completed a £60,000 improvement scheme that included the doubling of bicycle storage capacity from 12 to 24.

Services[edit]

During Monday to Saturday daytimes:

On Sundays, there is an hourly service to Worcester Foregate Street via Snow Hill and to Stratford-upon-Avon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bevan, Alan. The Story of The North Warwickshire Line 1908 - 2008. Alard Print & Reprographics Limited.
  2. ^ "Links to Stratford-upon-Avon growing". www.globalrailnews.com. GLOBALRAILNEWS. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  3. ^ Table 71 National Rail timetable, May 2016

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Shirley   West Midlands Railway
North Warwickshire Line
  Wythall

Coordinates: 52°23′31″N 1°51′07″W / 52.392°N 1.852°W / 52.392; -1.852