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This page also covers the link from Leamington Spa to Stratford-Upon- Avon. The point of divergence from the Snow Hill line is Hatton, and the subsequent stations are shown as a branch on the plan and listed at the bottom of this page. To go straight to that section, click Stratford link.

A full list of routes covered by Dudley Mall appears at the bottom of this page.

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 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: BL.

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 was carried out with a partial reopening in June 2003. It was intended that the restored station would eventually serve as the Chiltern Railways Birmingham terminus, and it might also be used for steam excursions. Through trains to Snow Hill and Kidderminster 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: BL.

Some time after our visit we were 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 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 Leamington Spa and the Stratford-Upon-Avon routes.

Acocks Green Plan ACOCKS GREEN In common with other stations along this line, Acocks Green formerly had two island platforms but now uses only one. In this case the redundant one has been demolished and replaced by park-and-ride parking, but the stairs down from the overbridge ticket office have been left in place to provide ready access from car park to platform. However, there are 34 steps and no lift. The ticket office is original and the platform shelters are quite decent examples of the modern breed with plenty of seating and perch-bars. The whole station looks clean, tidy and cared for. The station entrance is on Yardley Road, but the parking is reached from Roberts Road and the linking streets have traffic calmers, so hasten slowly. The parking area has a gauge frame to keep out commercial vehicles, and while it looks tight for bigger cars, they should fit through. Wheels: BL.

Olton Plan OLTON Olton station lies immediately behind Olton's Warwick Road shopping area. It's well signed, although the mini-roundabout sign on Richmond Road can get hidden behind summer greenery. There are two park-and-ride areas immediately opposite the station. A short attractively-tiled tunnel takes you past the ticket office and under the first (redundant) island platform which is now buried under a young forest. Then you have a choice of stairs or lift to the active platform and find a small waiting room decked out with plants. More plants are in tubs along the platform, and as with Acocks Green, you get the feeling that people care. Wheels: BL.

Solihull Solihull Plan
Solihull station is at a prime focus of local transport, with a whole pack of bus routes calling near the station door. 20-minute parking is provided for setting down passengers, with longer stay pay-and-display just a short walk away. The entrance is a traditional station building with a ticket office, cycle store and newsagents, and an old but attractively tiled underpass to stairs or lift to the platform above. The platform buildings are also traditional, but with a modernised waiting room (locked on Sunday) and mainly fluorescent lighting. A handful of electrified "gas" lamps do remain, however, possibly to keep some of the old character (or to save the expense of changing them!). During the week, a snack bar is open on the platform. The tunnel below the platform continues under the second platform (now disused and nearly invisible under reafforestation) and links to a second station approach. The photo shows the short canopies added, we believe, circa 2005. Wheels: BL. [rev 2009, photo 2009]

Widney Plan WIDNEY MANOR This looks like commuter country, with a small station but extensive park and ride areas on both sides of the line. The ticket office is on the Birmingham side of the line and has the most inviting seats we've seen in a modern waiting room. But we did wonder if the waiting room was big enough on rainy days, given the size of the car parks. There are short and shallow wheelchair ramps to the ticket office, while the southbound platform is virtually level access. A standard overbridge links the two platforms, but of course there is another route going under the railway bridge if you have to use it. Wheels: BL.

Dorridge Station DORRIDGE station lies close to the  local shopping centre with park and ride just a few yards past the station entrance. Platform 1 has a flat approach, with a traditional (but not architecturally significant) brick building that combines a ticket office and waiting room, and adds toilets, a cycle store and the station bar reached from the platform side. A canopied plate steel overbridge gets you to platforms 2-3 and a modern waiting room.
Dorridge Plan Dorridge seems better on flowers than it used to be, and solving the wheeled access problem by adding lifts to the overbridge makes it a very satisfactory station overall. Wheels: BL. [rev 2007, photo 2007]

The general view of the station shows the modern waiting room at left with illuminated train information, while towers behind the overbridge show where lifts were added. Both sides have canopy cover.

Lapworth Lapworth Plan
Though the village doesnít seem large enough to ever have warranted it, Lapworth station is clearly diminished from earlier years when it had at least three platforms, possibly like Dorridge. Nowadays, the far end of the overbridge takes you only to an overgrown but usable public footpath which then leads into a field - so if you use this route, you hopefully know where it goes. The station is on Station Lane, up from the B4439 (also known as Old Warwick Road). There is free parking for about 15 cars, with roughish ground alongside which may be an unofficial extension. Beside the car park are a local map, post box and public telephone. The ticket office has gone, but the station remains in decent condition, and both platforms have small, stout shelters with perch bars for 8 people. Wheels: BL. [rev 2009, photo 2009]

This northward view shows the kind of shelters offered, the gray video train information, and the steps-only overbridge which continues off the left of the picture across the forest of vegetation which has reclaimed the third platform. The right hand platform has been reduced and railed by the overbridge, and the parking is just out of sight to the right of it.

Hatton station HATTON station lies between Hatton (the place), and Shrewley, and can be reached along Station Road from the B4439. It is signed on ordinary road signs, not with separate railway signs. There is free parking for about 20 cars alongside platform 1. The Birmingham-Leamington Spa line runs between platforms 1 and 2, with the line to Stratford-upon-Avon branching off at this point and using platform 3. There are small but stout shelters in decent condition on both sides of the main line, each with perch
Hatton Plan   bars for about 8 people. Video screens and speakers are mounted close to the shelters to provide train information. Wheelchair access is fine for platform 1 but the island platform is reached only by the stepped overbridge - there are no footboards at the platform ends. Wheels: BSL. [rev 2008, photo 2008]
The photo shows the Stratford platform, far left; the main platforms and shelters; the car park, right; and the access road rising to the distant road bridge.

Warwick Parkway Plan WARWICK PARKWAY is on Old Budbrooke Road, off the A4177. The only local parking is that provided by the railway - about 300 spaces, plus 8 disabled spaces close to the ticket office. The whole station is new and hence very modern, though the luxury is confined to ground level: the platforms are up on an embankment with two draughty shelters on each side. All have benches inside. (We've been told that the reason for this minimalism is that the land was bought from an adjacent farm and the station was only allowed to be built on the condition that it was camouflaged as best it could be. If this is true, then passengers shivering in bleak weather will surely be reassured that they are suffering in a good cause.)

The two platforms are linked by a tunnel at ground level, and the platforms are reached by lift or by about 45 steps. Near the station building is a bus stop for routes 74, 75 and 76. Between the two is an information point with a Warwick street map, a Chiltern Railways service plan, and an excellent Midlands/Southern England general routes and connections map. Wheels: BL.

Warwick Station Warwick Plan
Warwick station is at the top of an access road off the A429 (Coventry Road). Although the station offers a limited amount of parking (with 3 disabled spaces), it was cram-packed on our visit, and because Warwick is a touristy historic town built with narrow pre-car streets, parking generally is both difficult and expensive. The original ticket office and waiting room are open (but no toilets) and adjacent to the parking area, and there is also a flat access to the platform for wheelchairs. Unfortunately the route between platforms is a subway with 30 steps down from each side, and there is no other access. The far platform offers a bus shelter with 6 seats, which seems meagre for a place like Warwick. The subway below it has an exit on the opposite side of the station into Woodcote Road, with steps and ramp down to street level. Wheels: BL.

Leamington Spa Plan LEAMINGTON SPA By current standards, Leamington Spa is a grand station, though far from modern except by the ticket office. Its marble and white stone frontage and its sweeping curved chrome door handles suggest the 1930s. Both platforms still boast their GWR waiting rooms, one with a large snack bar, and much of the platform area is covered by traditional canopies and a fine array of bushes and flowers in tubs.
Leamington Spa   The land falls steeply away in the station area, so the ticket office is below platform level with stairs and lifts up to each platform. The link between platforms is a tiled corridor which looks as old as the rest of the station, but in poorer shape - but it's fairly well lit. (A fleeting visit in 2008 noted the installation of a ticket barrier and there may have been some redecoration.) In front of the station is substantial pay and display parking - full when we were there. Local buses used to call at the station frontage but have retreated to the road outside as a result of frequent obstruction by parking vehicles. Wheels: BL.

[Note: Leamington Spa can also be reached via Coventry.]
Leamington Spa also serves the Leamington Spa to Oxford and Leamington Spa to High Wycombe and London routes.

LEAMINGTON SPA TO STRATFORD-UPON-AVON A link line runs between Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon, diverging from the northbound line from Leamington Spa at Hatton (see route plan and station notes above), calling at Claverdon and Bearley, then Wilmcote on the main Stratford line, then Stratford-upon-Avon itself. For clarity the four stations from Claverdon onwards are all listed here. There is also a link and a limited service between Lapworth and Stratford, again via Claverdon onwards.

Claverdon Claverdon Plan
Claverdon lies half a mile to the east of Claverdon village on the A4189 (Leamington Spa to Redditch road). It was once a double-track station but is now singled, with trains in both directions stopping at the same platform face. It has a ramp down from the road by the overbridge, and a bus shelter on the platform. There is no railway parking. Wheels: LS. [rev 2009, photo 2009]

bearley stationBearley Plan
As with Claverdon, Bearley is a double-track layout which has now been singled. The access road climbs up from the A3400 Stratford-upon-Avon road, with parking for a handful of cars along it. At the top of the road there is a possible parking area, but it is not signed as such. The road and platform are linked by a short but steep footpath with only a mesh fence for wheelchair users to grab for support, so they'll probably need help. On the platform is a bus shelter with wooden seats and a pay phone. The old station house still stands nearby, but is now in private ownership. Wheels: LS. [rev 2007, photo 2007]

Wilmcote Plan WILMCOTE station is on Featherbed Lane, on the east road out of the village towards the A3400 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, photo 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
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Stations A-Z      
Birmingham New Street Station
Birmingham - Cheltenham & Bristol
Birmingham - Coventry & London Euston
Birmingham - Derby & Nottingham
Birmingham - Kidderminster & Worcester
Birmingham - Leamington Spa
Birmingham - Leicester
Birmingham - Lichfield
Birmingham - Redditch & Worcester
Birmingham - Rugeley
Birmingham - Stratford-upon-Avon
Bristol - Exeter
Cheltenham Spa - Cardiff
Chester - Hereford & Cardiff
Chester - Llandudno
Crewe - Shrewsbury
Crewe & Stoke - Wolverhampton & Birmingham
Derby & Nottingham - Bedford & London
Ipswich - Cambridge & Norwich
Leamington Spa - London
Leamington Spa - Oxford
Leicester - Cambridge
Lowestoft - Ipswich
Manchester - Crewe via M. Airport
Manchester - Crewe via Stockport
Norwich - Cambridge
Norwich - Great Yarmouth
Norwich - Lowestoft
Norwich - Sheringham
Nottingham - Grantham
Oxford - Bicester
Shrewsbury - Llandrindod
Stafford - Rugby via Trent Valley
Stoke-on-Trent - Derby      
Walsall - Shrewsbury
Worcester - Hereford
Worcester - Oxford
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