Witton railway station
|Managed by||West Midlands Railway|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|PTE||Transport for West Midlands|
|Key dates||Opened 1876|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Witton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Witton railway station serves the Witton area of the city of Birmingham, England. It is situated on the Birmingham-Walsall Line, part of the former Grand Junction Railway, opened in 1837. The line through the station was electrified in 1966 as part of the London Midland Region's electrification programme. The actual energization of the line from Coventry to Walsall through Aston took place on 15 August 1966. The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by West Midlands Trains.
The station sits above Witton Road, the A4040 Outer Ring Road, as the railway line here is on an embankment. It is the closest station to Villa Park, home of Aston Villa F.C. and is advertised as the station for Villa Park on station signage. Under Villa owner Randy Lerner, there have been discussions on changing the name of Witton Station to Villa Park as is the case with West Bromwich Albion's local railway station, The Hawthorns. Aston Villa's former CEO, Bruce Langham, has said that the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive (Centro) are amenable to the idea as long as it is done at the expense of the club. No action has yet been taken.
The station is no longer staffed, its ticket office having been closed by London Midland in 2013. Tickets must now be purchased in advance, or from a self-service ticket machine on platform 2, or on the train. Waiting accommodation is provided in the brick buildings on both platforms, whilst train running information is given via timetable posters, CIS screens, help points and automatic announcements. Step-free access to both platforms is available via ramps from street level.
Witton is served by trains between Wolverhampton and Walsall via Birmingham New Street, operating every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytimes and every 60 minutes evenings and Sundays. These services are operated by Class 323 electric trains.
- Nock, O.S. (1966). Britain's New Railway. London: Ian Allan. pp. 147–159.
- Gillham, J.C. (1988). The Age of the Electric Train - Electric trains in Britain since 1883. Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 169.
- "Minutes of meeting" (PDF). Aston Villa Supporters Trust. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2007.
- "Ticket office closures could be first of manyCampaign for Better Transport article 17 September 2012; Retrieved 9 June 2017
- Witton (West Midlands) station facilities National Rail Enquiries
- GB eNRT May 2017 edition, Table 70
- Train times and station information for Witton railway station from National Rail
- Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands: Witton railway station
- Railways of Warwickshire entry
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