- Worcester Shrub Hill railway station
Infobox UK station
name = Worcester Shrub Hill
catpion = View from Platform 2b on
5 September 2006
code = WOS
usage0405 = 1.356
usage0506 = 0.203
usage0607 = 0.592
platforms = 3
start = 1850
Worcester Shrub Hill railway station is one of two railway stations serving the city of
Worcesterin Worcestershire, England. It is managed by London Midland, and it is also served by First Great Western.
The city's other station, Worcester Foregate Street, is situated in the city centre; Shrub Hill is situated to the east.
The first station at Shrub Hill was opened in
1850being jointly owned by the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton and Midland Railways; until 1852 it was used only as a terminus for the latter's services from Birmingham. The present station building was designed by Edward Wilson and built in 1865. It is a Georgian-style building mainly of engineering brick with stone facings. Originally there was also a train shedwhich was removed in the 1930s.
Possible Closure Plans
If either of the proposed
Worcester Parkway railway stations are built, Shrub Hill station will close [ http://archive.thisisworcestershire.co.uk/2005/8/12/370646.html The Worcester News ] . However, it is expected that planned housing growth as a result of the South Worcestershire Joint Core Strategy and Regional Spatial Strategy may result in this decision being changed, as a result of changes in land use around the Shrub Hill area.
Worcester Shrub Hill is served by London Midland's services from Worcester to
Birmingham, either directly to Birmingham New Street via Bromsgrove, or via Kidderminster to Birmingham Snow Hill. First Great Western operate several services a day to London Paddington via the Cotswold Lineand Oxford. They also run services every 2 hours to Bristol Temple Meads via Cheltenham and Gloucester. Both companies also run services via Worcester Foregate Street to Great Malvern and Hereford. London Midlandwill be operating a new service from December 2008 (6 trains per day) between Worcester and Gloucestervia Ashchurch and Cheltenhamto compliment the 2-hourly First Great Westernservice. The National Rail online ticket booking facility says that southbound trains are spaced to roughly fill the gaps of the FGW services. However northbound services have around a 40-minute turnaround at Gloucester, with LM and FGW northbound services to Worcester only being about half an hour apart.cite web| title=New LM Worcester - Gloucester service confirmed from December 2008| url=http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/info/3251_Hourly_Worcester_Gloucester_from_December.html| date=2008-09-13| publisher=First Great Western Coffee Shop Forum]
On platform 2b is the old ladies’ waiting room which extends onto the platform. It is a cast-iron structure cast at the Vulcan Iron Works at Worcester. This was a subsidiary of the MacKenzie and Holland signal manufacturing company about 200 yards from Worcester Shrub Hill station . The exterior is decorated with classical pilasters and covered with “
majolica” ceramic tiles made by Maw and Company of Broseley.
Maw was originally a Worcester company founded in
1850when they bought the old Chamberlain tile factory. However in 1852they moved to Broseley to be nearer their source of clay. In the main they made encaustic tiles rather than the “majolica” ceramic tiles used to decorate the Shrub Hill waiting room.
Wojtczak writes that in
1873there was Ladies’ Waiting Room Attendant called Mrs Dale who earned 10s and that this was the same rate of pay as a Mrs Spencer who was the Office Cleaner.Fact|date=September 2007
Grade II* listedand English Heritageplaced it on the “ Buildings At RiskRegister” in 2003. The official records record that the waiting room was added c1880. In 2005 the register records “The cast iron frame is in need of structural repair. The front wall is leaning out and currently shored up. Preliminary investigative work has been carried out, but repair works have been delayed due partly to problem of locating specialist contractors." In April 2005 Network Railapplied for listed building planning consentto restore the waiting room to bring it back into use before the end of 2006. The application gave detail of the work to be carried out including restoration of the cast iron work and the sourcing and replacement of the missing ceramic tiles but as at May 2006 no work had commenced and English Heritage reported that the building will be on the 2006 “Buildings At Risk Register” to be published in June 2006.
* [http://www.railaroundbirmingham.co.uk/Stations/worcs_shrub_hill.php Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands: Worcester Shrub Hill station]
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