Kidderminster railway station


Kidderminster railway station

Infobox UK station
name = Kidderminster
code = KID


manager = London Midland
locale = Kidderminster
borough = Wyre Forest
usage0405 = 0.734
usage0506 = 0.805
usage0607 = 0.866
platforms = 2
start = 1852

Kidderminster railway station serves the town of Kidderminster in Worcestershire.

Kidderminster station opened with the extension of the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton railway from Worcester to Stourbridge in 1852 by the GWR. The station building, of a mock Tudor design, survived until 1968 when it was demolished owing to the effects of dry rot and replaced by British Rail with the small brick building that stands today.

The Severn Valley Railway's southern terminus shares the same station approach road and is known as "Kidderminster Town" to distinguish it from the National Rail station.

There is a car park for 400 cars, administered by London Midland, in part of the old goods yard between the two railway stations. The Severn Valley Railway has its own car park on the town centre side of their station.

Access between the two platforms is at present via the road overbridge, visible in the background of the lower image right.During December 2007 construction works commenced on a new footbridge, which will include lifts providing step-free access to both platforms. [ [http://www.networkrail.co.uk/browse%20documents/BusinessPlan2007/PDF/Route%2017%20West%20Midlands.pdf Network Rail's Business Plan 2007 Route 17 West Midlands] ]

The signal box (a short distance to the south of the station) is still known as Kidderminster Junction. This controlled the junction to the Severn Valley Line until its closure in the 1970s. Its junction status has since been restored as it now controls the connection between the National Rail network and the heritage Severn Valley Railway.

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Most trains using the station are operated by London Midland, and these run roughly north-east to Leamington Spa via Stourbridge Junction and Birmingham Snow Hill, and south to Worcester.

The service between Kidderminster and Birmingham is heavily used, with effect from December 2006, four trains per hour during the day time to Birmingham; the service towards Worcester about two trains per hour in the day and one an hour in the evening. There are five Chiltern Railways' services to London in the morning peak times and four returning from London Marylebone over the evening peak times.

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External links

* [http://www.railaroundbirmingham.co.uk/Stations/kidderminster.php Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands: Kidderminster station]

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