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Aston station

Above: Modern stations aim to be small multi-purpose units that are clean and fresh - and economical to run. The main building at Aston is one of the larger examples.
Please note: the notes and sketches are intended only to give a general impression, and should not be relied upon for more than that. Dudley Mall accepts no liability for errors, but will correct any significant ones notified to us through or by post to Dudley Mall, 62 Gervase Drive, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4AT.
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New Street plan BIRMINGHAM NEW STREET has a full description page to itself here. When you've viewed it, click the Back button that you'll find at top or bottom of the page to return here. For simple convenience, however, this is our main plan. We've labelled the east and west ends, but trains can go in almost any direction from either end - and when under pressure, they do! Wheels: BM.

Duddeston PlanDUDDESTON station is on DuddestonMill Road, a few yards east of the B4132. The ticket office is on an overbridge across the track and its foyer includes a small waiting area with seats. One platform island is out of use, so the other now serves trains in both directions. It is reached only through the ticket foyer, either by stairs or lift, but looks reasonably accessible for wheelchairs. No station parking is provided but you might be lucky enough to get street parking. Wheels: BR

Aston PlanASTON station isn't actually as close to Aston Villa football ground as Witton, but is better appointed for waiting for your train home. It abuts the bright red bridge over Lichfield Road (A5127) near the junction with Holborn Hill (B4132). Bus stops are a few yards either side of the bridge and the station approaches are right beside the bridge. Unusually for a small station, it has train times displayed on monitors at the foot of each approach; these show trains from their own platform, but also cycle through general information. There are stairs and a lift to each platform. The ticket office is on the out-bound platform with enclosed and open waiting areas alongside. The city-bound platform has an open fronted waiting area. There is no station parking, and street parking is probably difficult too. Wheels: BR [Photo at head of page]

Witton PlanWITTON station stands on a narrow embankment that bridges over the A4040 Witton Rd., just north east of its junction with Aston Lane. The platforms also feel narrow, and the buildings that serve them are built on the embankment sides. The ticket office and its adjacent open-walled shelter on the north-bound side both have a two-brick step up, denying wheelchairs, though the platform is at least canopied at this side. (In fairness, there may be a safety issue here, with the platform edge being a little too close for the provision of ramps, but it does look meanly unhelpful.) The platforms are reached by railed ramps from either side of the road bridge, but there is no quick crossing between platforms. A small pay-and-display car park lies at road level, but you may find street parking. Wheels: BR

Perry Barr PlanPERRY BARR is sited at a maze of activity, alongside a roundabout where the A404 (Wellington Rd.) runs over the A38 dual carriageway, with complex feeder roads between them. Part of the University of Central England is directly opposite the station ticket office (which is shyly set in a small row of lock-up shops over the track); and the One-Stop shopping complex is along its northern flank, with bus services just a few feet from the station door. Staircases and railed ramps go down to both platforms, which have bus shelter accommodation. There is no station parking, but you may get parking behind the shopping centre - and you may also pay for the privilege. Alternatives look thin on the ground. Revisited 2006 Wheels: BR

Hamstead PlanHAMSTEAD is on a line under the B4124 (Old Walsall Rd.), just a few yards down from a row of shops. Birmingham-bound trains are reached by a fairly gentle slope and the ticket office and waiting room are in a traditional wooden building on this side of the line. The road overbridge makes the other side less accessible, with a staircase down and a longish (smooth and railed) ramp alternative, and only a bus shelter provides weather protection. There is no station parking, and local street parking may be more luck than certainty. Wheels: BR

Tame Bridge Parkway PlanTAME BRIDGE PARKWAY might have been simple to set out had it not been approached by the A4031 New Walsall Road dual carriageway, hence the underpass arrangement on the west side. Take care approaching on the east side: the station access is shared with a water company and their large sign at the same point may fool you into overshooting - and the dual carriageway makes it awkward getting back. The sloping site has two park-and-ride areas, and a drop-off point immediately in front of the modern ticket office. Beyond this is a ramp down to the city-bound platform and a short ramp up to road level to get across to the opposite platform. There are bus shelters on both platforms, and enough railings around the site to make you wonder if the contractor was able to retire afterwards. Revisited 2007. Wheels: BR

Bescot PlanBESCOT STADIUM station car park (free to railway users) is directly opposite the Walsall Football Club stadium. A smooth-surfaced footpath runs for about 60 yards from the back of the car park, under an elevated section of M6, and ends at the steps of a passenger overbridge. This is the only access to the station, which makes it unsuitable for people with mobility problems, and hard work even for prams. A modern ticket office is on the Birmingham-bound side of the station with a small waiting area inside. Otherwise facilities comprise a bus shelter on each platform. Upgrade work was carried out in 2007, but the 2001 plan was essentially still correct in 2008. Wheels: BR

Walsall PlanWALSALL station ticket office is lodged in one corner of the Butlers Precinct shopping centre, with a ramp from there to an island platform with some canopy protection. When the precinct is open, there is easy access through it from Park Street (pedestrianised), though there are some slopes en route. The ticket office can also be reached through a passage that runs along one side of the Marks & Spencer store. The far end of the passage has both a ramp and steps down to street level, and from here you can get to the parking area (not free) and the entrance to north-bound platform 1 and its bus shelter. There is no direct bridging between the two platforms. There is street parking in Station Street alongside, but it is short term (and pretty full at busy times) so it has limited value for rail travellers. Wheels: BR

Walsall is also on the Walsall-Shrewsbury line. Click here to transfer to our guide for that line.

Bloxwich PlanBLOXWICH station lies under Croxdene Avenue, with railed smooth ramps down from each side of the road bridge to bus shelters on the platforms. There is no ticket office and no station parking, but local streets (e.g. Central Drive) seem okay. The two problems with the station are that it's quite well hidden from sight, and Croxdene Avenue is one way (approached from Hall Road - i.e. from below the plan shown here). But once you know it, it's simple. Wheels: BR

Bloxwich North PlanBLOXWICH NORTH The B4210 (Broad Lane) runs diagonally over the northern end of the station with a smooth railed ramp running down to the bus shelter adorning the Birmingham platform. Across the railway, the road offers a left turn (Cresswell Crescent) from which you can reach a parking area apparently shared by the railway and the local residents. From the corner of this, a smooth footpath runs round to the north-bound platform, with street lighting installed to assist you on dark nights. Wheelchair users will find one snag in that the only low kerb edge is down by the entrance to the car park, but otherwise it's easy access. Walkers from the car park to the Birmingham side have steps to the upper road level, but these were in dangerous condition at the time of our visit, so take care. Wheels: BR

Landywood PlanLANDYWOOD station is hard by the border with Cheslyn Hay. It's clearly signed if you approach from Old Landywood, but you go far enough down a long lane (Streets Lane) to start wondering. The station is where Streets Lane forms the stem of a T-junction with Landywood Lane. The Rugeley platform is just before the junction. For the Birmingham platform, turn right and you'll quickly find clearly-signed park and ride facilities with a shallow tarmac ramp leading to the station. Both platforms are easy access, and both have a bus shelter for weather protection. Wheels: BR

Cannock PlanCANNOCK station lies south east of the town centre, off the A5190 (Lichfield Rd.). Parking for about 80-100 cars (full!) is at the foot of a winding path up to the Birmingham-bound platform. Merging with this path is a steep-looking railed ramp coming straight up from the Lichfield Rd. bridge. The Rugeley platform can be approached via Mill St., but the last section is by footpath only (reasonably wheelchair friendly). This platform has only a half shelter, whereas the Birmingham side runs to a glazed four-sided one. There is no ticket office. Wheels: BR

Hednesford PlanHEDNESFORD station (pronounced "Hensford", we're told) is adjacent to the western end of Market St. (B4154) and behind a supermarket in Anglesey St. The free station car park lies further along Anglesey St., is clearly signed, and has a smooth footpath leading from it to the city-bound platform. The outbound platform has a ramp approach from Station Rd. at its junction with the B4154.

Hednesford station Each platform has a bus shelter. Foot passengers can use the road bridge to change platforms; wheelchair users would have to take the car route round the supermarket, but as there is no ticket office, this may not matter. Note that Market St. (the shopping street) is one way. Use the Victoria Street loop past the bus station if you need to circle back. (rev 2007) Wheels: BR

Rugeley Town PlanRUGELEY TOWN is a new station built in 1997, and reached from the east end of Horse Fair. Take the right fork as it passes under the railway viaduct and immediately turn right off that into Wharf Rd. At the top is parking for about 100 cars. There is a ramp to the Birmingham platform, a bus shelter, and passenger overbridge to the other side. There is no easy crossing for the wheelbound, but the other side is accessible from Hednesford Rd. Turn in at the Lea Hall Social Club, cut across the car park, and you'll find a footpath leading on to the platform, which has a bus shelter for those waiting for a link to the Trent Valley line. Wheels: BR

Rugeley Trent Valley PlanRUGELEY TRENT VALLEY is a generous mile to the north of Rugeley, but well signed along the B5013 from the roundabout at the west end of Horse Fair. The railway itself is obvious from a distance but the turn up to the station comes suddenly by the railway bridge. The exit at the same point is positively dangerous, especially for lone drivers. There is little vision either way - a real case of keep checking, hit the accelerator and pray. Though the railway itself is important, the station isn't, with little more than casual parking, a passenger overbridge and a bus shelter. The line out from Birmingham ends here, though trains may continue to Stafford. The station is definitely not pram or wheelchair-friendly. Wheels: BR

Rugeley Trent Valley is part of the Stafford-Rugby line. Click here to transfer to our guide for that line.

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Birmingham - Derby & Nottingham
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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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