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Right: Great Malvern's beautifully painted station. Photo through the kindness of Steve Glennie-Smith, Copyright (c) 2008.
Great Malvern
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Worcester Foregate station WORCESTER FOREGATE STREET The railway strides across the northern end of the town centre on a GWR crested viaduct over Foregate Street. The station entrance is at ground level, and there is also a travel centre. 48 steps take you up separate staircases to the two platforms above, and both have lifts. The lifts came recently to an awkward site, so the one to the north-side platform had to be sited in a little alley, reached from the main road. But it's there, it's signed, and it does the job.

Worcester Foregate Plan Platform 1 has a cafe, there are waiting rooms, and most of the station is canopied for weather protection. Signs warn you that the two platforms are each bi-directional. Trains calling at Worcester Shrub Hill use one platform; those that don't will use the other. There is no official railway parking. Wheels: BW.

Photo: view towards Hereford. The station buildings butt right up to the bridge over the street the station is named for - it's just visible beyond them.

Worcester Foregate at street level As the two-level arrangement was complex (ok - a pain!) to illustrate in a single sketch you have the unusual benefit of a second sketch to show the street level arrangement.
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Worcester Shrub Hill looking south WORCESTER SHRUB HILL does actually sit on a hill, with a sweeping road approach from the grander days of horse and carriage. It still has a grand frontage, but the approaches are now full of parked cars (pay and display). A short distance down from the station is a free car park. Within the station, there are more platform faces than are now used for public services - i.e. the two long platform faces, plus a stub siding at the southern end of platform 2. A passenger overbridge links the two sides of the station, while wheelchairs can cross using the goods lift and bridge (with staff help). There is plenty of shelter.
Worcester Shrub Hill Plan Those who like early railway architecture will find a listed building on platform 2 in the shape of a small wall-tiled waiting room that looks like it was built in the 1840s. It is apparently scheduled for restoration, though the current financial situation may delay that. Wheels: BW.

Shrub Hill retains a lot of the grandeur it had as a major station on the Paddington-Birmingham main line in steam days - most of it on platform 1 (right).

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Otherwise Shrub Hill has the same connections as Foregate Street above.

MALVERN LINK This station lies almost invisibly to the west of the A449 heading north-east from Great Malvern towards Worcester. If arriving by car, turning into Howsell Road and then left towards the station brings you to the car park (about 50 spaces). Pedestrians have direct access from the A449. There is flat access to the southbound platform right by the ticket office. This appears to offer a waiting room during office hours, and there is a glazed and enclosed shelter on the Birmingham platform opposite. The stepped overbridge is the only immediate way between platforms, but there is a ramp up from the Birmingham side to Somers Road, which links with Howsell Road. The ramp is about 75 yards of rather rough surface - manageable by pram (though perhaps uncomfortable for the passenger) but a challenge by wheelchair. Wheels: WH.

Photo copyright (c)Steve Glennie-Smith, 2014, and our thanks to him for letting us use it.
Malvern Link view

Malvern Link Plan

Malvern Station view   GREAT MALVERN station is a small gem. In keeping with the town itself, Great Malvern Station has been kept in something like its former elegance, even though parts of the station building now house other enterprises. But it retains its ticket office and a pleasant refreshment room, and both platforms are covered by freshly (and stylishly) painted canopies with additional decoration. The underpass between platforms is steps only, but the southbound platform can be reached by an original ramp down from Thorngrove Road. There is parking outside the station in Imperial Road and also off Thorngrove Road, and taxis gather at the bottom of the road close to the ticket office. Wheels: WH.
Each side is accessible, but the wheels rating has been adjusted to recognise the problem of leaving a car on one side of the line, and having a long trip round to collect it on your return if you cannot use the subway.

Above: The photo doesn't do justice to the care and attention taken in painting the station to keep it elegant. See top of this page for another view.
  Great Malvern Plan

Colwall platform   Colwall plan
Colwall is a quiet little station just off the B4218 near a handful of shops. There is parking for about a dozen cars alongside the station, which comprises one single-track platform with two shelters, each with about 10 seats and the added luxury of lighting. A railway-type footbridge at one end of the platform spans the track, but is actually there to continue a local footpath. Beside its base is a tiny floral square with additional seating. Wheels: WH. (rev 2007)

LEDBURY Ledbury is on the north side of the town, where the A438 meets Bromyard Road and the Homend. There is substantial parking by the station, and level access to the Hereford platform near the ticket office (which is open Monday-Saturday, early morning until lunchtime). An overbridge (23 steps each side) links to the Worcester platform, whereas wheelchair users will need to get staff assistance to cross on the boarded crossing by the signal box. Ledbury Station plan
We are informed that an easy access is planned for the Worcester platform, though we don't know when that will happen. Each platform has a bus shelter with seats for 6-8 people, and on suitable days you can also take the Ledbury air on a couple of old Great Western bench seats on the Worcester side. Our thanks to Steve Glennie-Smith for additional information. Wheels: WH. (rev 2007)

Right: waiting for trains at Ledbury - another of this line's florally decorated stations.
Ledbury, looking east

HEREFORD is a fine example of a traditional station that looks well cared for. It was freshly painted when we were there, with plenty of flowers also in evidence. There are three major platforms plus a bay, with canopied areas for shelter. The main station building includes a ticket office and refreshments, and a passenger overbridge links the platforms. Hereford's main buildings are easy access, and wheelchair users can presumably ask for assistance to cross to the opposite platform via the boarded parcel crossing.
Outside the station, a large level area provides substantial short stay and pay-and-display parking. As you'll gather, we liked this station. Wheels: WH.
Hereford Plan   Hereford frontage

The photo shows the main station frontage, with the clouds bringing the rapidly alternating sunshine and shower mixture that British weather is so good at.

Hereford also serves the Chester-Shrewsbury-Hereford line. Click here to transfer to our guide for that line.

Routes and Resources Table: Front Information Page Birmingham All-Stations Map
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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 & Felixstowe
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

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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