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Henley-in-Arden View
A Birmingham-bound train heads north out of Henley-in-Arden in April 2007.

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Snow Hill Plan BIRMINGHAM SNOW HILL is at street level, with the entrance set well back under a green canopy. There is signing to a car park. Just inside the entrance is the access to the Snow Hill Metro terminus (stairs and lift, to the right) while the main station lies a further distance ahead, where there are toilets and a shop. Lifts and stairs go down to the three platform faces, and there are escalators up. The fourth platform face is the Metro approach track and is fenced off for safety, but there is a public flat crossing between the two stations. Trains are announced by overhead computer monitors which work well enough but seem to show engineering messages too frequently for passengers who might be trying urgently to locate the correct platform for their train - and even which train is currently expected. Trains east go immediately into tunnels and emerge at Moor Street Station. Wheels: BS.

Note that some trains continue on through Snow Hill along the Birmingham - Kidderminster route.
Moor Street Plan MOOR STREET is actually two stations. The modern station shown here has a small modern tickets, toilets and waiting room complex on the Snow Hill platform, and a second waiting room on the opposite platform. There is a passenger footbridge on railway territory, but although the adjacent ramps have to go out to the street beyond, the distance added isn't very much. Trains west go immediately into tunnels and emerge at Snow Hill Station. Wheels: BL.
New Moor Street The original Moor Street terminus station is just alongside, below the drawn area. It is a listed building closed many years ago but renovation has been going on recently, with a partial reopening intended in June 2003, although the station remains unconnected to the main line in 2007. The restored station will eventually serve as the Chiltern Railways Birmingham terminus, and it may also be used for steam excursions. Through trains to Snow Hill and Kidderminster will continue to use the current station. The photo shows the Bull Ring peeking over the restored train shed. (Copyright (c) 2003, John Green, used with thanks). More pictures
Bordesley Plan BORDESLEY If there was an award for stations the railways didn't want you to use, Bordesley would be in the finals. True, it's signed from each end of Coventry Road, but the entrance itself is an anonymous dull grey iron bar gate halfway under the bridge, and even the noticeboard alongside is reticent about its ownership. Inside the gate is a climb of 42 stairs (no lift) to an island platform whose only adornment is a waiting room distinctly reminiscent of a coal bunker. In fairness, it will give more protection than the flimsy bus shelters now so commonplace, but if the designer had only placed the windows a foot or two lower, people could have watched for their trains without hanging off their fingertips. No railway parking offered. Wheels: BS.

We've recently been advised that only one train a day stops at Bordesley station, and this provides the minimum service needed to keep the station open. The reason it is still wanted is its proximity to Birmingham City Football Club. When the Blues are playing, additional trains will stop at the station to enable passengers to get to St Andrews.
Small Heath Plan SMALL HEATH is just down from the Poets Corner roundabout on the Smallheath Highway. The station is closed on Sundays, but even during the week the heavy boarding across its street-facing windows could easily fool you into passing it. The ticket office sits astride the line on a passenger overbridge, but only one island (for platforms 3/4) is now in use for normal traffic. The sole access is approximately 30 steps down from ticket office to platform. The platform has no canopy, but if the bus shelter (6 seats) is insufficient, there is roofing over the steps. The station entrance has a drop-off point for 2-3 cars in a short bay, but there is no official parking. However, street parking may be possible nearby in Armoury Road. Wheels: BS.
Tyseley Plan TYSELEY ticket office sits on the platform bridge, hard against the Wharfdale Road overbridge. Tyseley retains most of its old-fashioned Great Western Railway charm with a comfort factor (like large canopied areas) that many modern stations lack. All the lamps are still gaslamp style, though actually electric. One reason for keeping it like this might be the proximity of the Tyseley railway preservation site, but other stations along the line also remain traditional. Most services run from platforms 3-4. 1-2 are apparently used mainly for specials. There was no lift when we visited, but one may have been introduced during renovation work. You might manage street parking a short walk away, but Wharfdale Road itself has only a tiny drop-off point in front of the station entrance. Wheels: BS.

Tyseley is the splitting point for the Stratford-Upon-Avon and the Leamington Spa routes.
Spring Road Plan SPRING ROAD station is about 80 yards along West Road from its junction with Shaftmoor Lane (B4217). The station is clearly signed on Spring Road itself, but not from the junction. Each platform is reached by a straight ramp down from the overbridge, with bus shelters on each. The ticket office is at the top of the Birmingham-side ramp. There is no station parking. Wheels: BS.
Hall Green Plan HALL GREEN has a traditional Great Western building on the Birmingham platform with a generous platform canopy and seats in the open. The ticket office is in the middle of the building. The opposite platform is entirely modern with one of the better class shelters with seats inside. A passenger bridge links the two platforms but there is no direct crossing for wheelchairs. However, Hall Green's modern side can be reached from Welby Road to drop someone right by the ramp directly down to the platform. There is no parking here, but the traditional side of the station has park and ride spaces for 50+ cars, with two disabled bays right by the station gate and a low kerb at that point for wheelchairs. Wheels: BS.
Yardley Wood Plan YARDLEY WOOD station is well-signed along Highfield Road, which is on a dual carriageway. However, those caught on the wrong side will find an official U-turn gap just a short distance past the station. Yardley Wood has railway park and ride parking for about 60 cars plus a handful of disabled parking spaces.
There is direct access to the Birmingham platform from the parking area, with a traffic calmer across the access road at that point, giving a level route for wheelchairs.The ticket office is up by the road, with straight ramps down from either side of the overbridge to the platforms. Yardley Wood's Birmingham platform has an original building which may include a waiting room. The Stratford platform has an open-fronted brick-built shelter with a short bench seat that will welcome some travellers, but its 3-brick high lip will keep out wheelchairs, and the platform has no other shelter. Wheels: BS.
Steam at ShirleyThe Stratford line is occasionally the venue for steam enthusiast services, as on this Sunday in early August 2001, when the train travelled the line several times.
Many people - not just enthusiasts but old railwaymen, parents with young children, the mildly curious and the reminiscing - turned up just to see the train pass through local stations such as Shirley. The locomotive is Great Western Railway Hall class 4936 "Kinlet Hall", built in 1929 and withdrawn in 1963, but saved to run again.
Shirley Plan Shirley is another attractive remnant of the Great Western Railway with original buildings (including waiting rooms, but locked on Sundays), platform seating, tubs of flowers, large canopies on both sides - and even a working signal box on the Stratford platform. Sadly, the only way to the Birmingham platform is a stepped overbridge, ruling out wheelchairs. A park and ride area is directly in front of Shirley's ticket office, and buses stop right at the door. Close by is a large shelter for passengers waiting for the buses on routes 12 and 69. Wheels: BS.
Whitlock's End Plan WHITLOCKS END station is about two inches south of the Majors Green boundary on Tilehouse Lane. It appears to be newly built, with no ticket office but an incredible amount of railing. The ramp down to the Stratford platform probably sets the West Midlands record for the number of turns you have to negotiate - but letís be fair: Whitlock's End station is fully accessible for prams and wheelchairs.There is a bus shelter on each platform, seats in the open, park and ride parking, and a continuous step-free pavement from there to the ramp on the other side of the bridge. What more could you want? Wheels: BS.
Wythall Plan WYTHALL Except for the freshly painted traditional wooden ticket office by the overbridge, this is almost as basic as you get. Two platforms, straight ramps down to them, and open-fronted concrete shelters on both, but including bench seats inside for about 8-10 people, depending on how friendly they get. The station offers no parking, but no doubt a lot of Wythall's passengers live within walking distance. Wheels: BS. [rev 2009]
Earlswood Plan

Earlswood station is some distance from the village of Earlswood. But it is very well-signed along Rumbush Lane, and Station Drive leads down to a parking
Earlswood station
area with space for a dozen or so cars. There are ramps down from Rumbush Lane to each platform, and the Birmingham side has a bus shelter that was "modern" once upon a time (1960s/70s?) but now looks rather dingy. But under the weathering of ages, it's in reasonable physical condition, and has a row of tip seats inside to perch on. There is no ticket office. Wheels: BS. [rev 2007]

The Lakes Plan
The Lakes station
The Lakes has no parking, and is possibly not the kind of station you would use unless you lived nearby or were visiting friends there (or possibly coming to the lakes to fish). The station is at the edge of the village at the far end of Malthouse Lane from the lakes that give the place its name. It has ramps down to each platform from the lane, and has platforms only two coaches long. That said, the platform shelters are quite generous in size, with wooden bench seats inside, suggesting the possibility of local commuter use. Incidentally, should you be new to the area and approach from the lakes end, note that the route is a single-track causeway with passing places, so relax and be patient! Wheels: BS. [rev 2009]

Wood End Plan
Wood End station
Please note: this is a fair description (in mid-2009) of the station and its access, but no trains stop and passengers are currently collected and dropped by a bus calling at the layby at the top end of the tarmac path.

Wood End is in a deep cutting before a tunnel under the B4101 Redditch road, and only a railway sign, adjacent to a 5-6 car layby, advertises its existence. The sign points down a fenced, smooth tarmac path approximately 140 yards long, which you share with the local rabbits while being scrutinised from afar by several horses. The path ends with a right turn that leads down 25 steps to the upper level of a 1950s concrete passenger overbridge (boys who grew up with Hornby-Dublo will recognise the type instantly), with a further 23 steps down to either platform, so Wood End station is definitely not wheelchair friendly. Once on the platforms there are matching open-fronted shelters with wooden bench seating for about 10 and sheltered standing area for at least as many again. There is no ticket office. Wheels: BS. [rev 2009]
Danzey station DANZEY

Danzey Plan
Danzey station is on the road between Tanworth-in-Arden and Henley-in-Arden at Danzey Green. The road is easy to find, and it's not difficult to spot the station in daylight. The approach road leads to parking for about 40 cars, but the far platform is reachable only by a 1950s concrete overbridge, so wheelchairs are not welcome. Danzey offers open-fronted shelters similar to those at Wood End, decently painted when we revisited in 2009. The steps and both shelters are shown in the photograph. There is no ticket office and trains now stop here only by request - so remember to request! Wheels: BS. [rev 2009]
Henley-in-Arden View HENLEY-IN-ARDEN is approached from the main street by Station Road, though the sign is easily missed. It can also be reached along Brook End Drive from just west of the railway viaduct on the A4189 Warwick road. Henley has parking for 20-30 cars, and although the old GWR building is now closed, the station is obviously looked after, being in good painted condition with flower beds along the platforms surrounded by white-painted
Henley-in-Arden Plan stones. The old building gives shelter under the canopy on platform 1, and a modern bus shelter gives perch-bar seating for about 12 people on platform 2, replacing the building that used to be there. The third platform face is not in use and has a raised edge in places, so take care when near it. The platforms are linked only by a traditional canopied overbridge (which also serves a footpath), hence barring wheelchair access. Wheels: BS. [rev 2007]
WOOTTON WAWEN is a short distance off the B4089 on a back road that leads eventually to Redditch, but the station is not apparently signed to help you find it. The railway passes over the road, and longish ramps lead up from either side of the bridge to the two platforms, each of which has a block-built open-front shelter. There is no official parking. Wheels: BS. [rev 2007]

The 2007 photo looks south from the Birmingham side approach ramp, which is in very good condition. Its shelter isn't visible here, but it's a match for the one just visible on the south platform.
Wootton Wawen StationWootton Wawen Plan
Wilmcote Plan WILMCOTE station is on Featherbed Lane, on the east road out of the village towards the A34 and passing Mary Ardenís house en route. This proximity is announced on the station itself, which implies that tourism is a significant part of the stationís continued life, and also explains its relatively good condition. The railway runs under the road, and there is a ramp down to the Birmingham platform, but platform 2 (Stratford) can only be reached by the old Great Western Railway iron overbridge. The Stratford platform has a traditional waiting room with a small canopy around it. The Birmingham platform has a larger building with a canopy, but the platform-facing doors appeared to be sealed, giving the impression that the building is now in private use. There are seats on both platforms, but no official parking. Wheels: BS.
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON  The station approach road is a spur off the road running west from the town centre through Shottery. Parking is on offer, but at pay-for-the-day rates. A previous business in front of the station building has been demolished, creating a lot more parking, though the ground is somewhat rough. There is level access to the station ticket office, shelter is available, and the arrival platform also has a snack bar.

The second platform is reached only by a stepped passenger bridge, with no alternative for wheelchairs. The rails get occasional use, but Stratford is a terminus, so it could be that most trains arrive and depart at the main platform.
  Stratford upon Avon station

There is a third platform face, but it seems to be out of use altogether. Wheels: BS.
(rev 2007)

If you have to wait for trains, the photo shows a pleasant way to do it - in warm sunshine on a day in late April, 2007. The line ends beyond the bridge but once reached almost to Northampton, while another line went down to Cheltenham (and beyond).

  Stratford Plan
THE LEAMINGTON SPA LINK -- The link from Stratford-upon-Avon to Lapworth and Leamington Spa is covered by our rail guide on the Leamington Spa page. Click here to see it.
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