Kidderminster
National Rail
Kidderminster Railway Station (crop), geograph 7074257 by Wayland Smith.jpg
Station frontage.
General information
LocationKidderminster, Wyre Forest
England
Grid referenceSO838763
Managed byWest Midlands Railway
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeKID
ClassificationDfT category D
History
Opened1852
Passengers
2016/17Decrease 1.614 million
2017/18Increase 1.695 million
2018/19Decrease 1.638 million
2019/20Decrease 1.530 million
2020/21Decrease 0.371 million
Location
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Kidderminster railway station is the main station serving the large town of Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England and the wider Wyre Forest district. The station is operated by West Midlands Trains, and is on the Birmingham to Worcester via Kidderminster Line. Regular commuter services run to Birmingham and Worcester, with several direct daily services to/from London Marylebone. It shares its station approach with the adjacent Severn Valley Railway station.

Facilities

There is a large car park for 400 cars, administered by West Midlands Trains, 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.

The station has a booking office, a newsagents/snack bar, a BT Phone Box, a cash point and a ticket machine.

In 2009 a footbridge (with lifts) was opened, transforming access between the platforms. Before this work, it was via the road overbridge.[1]

Prior to its demolition, the signal box (a short distance to the south of the station) was known as Kidderminster Junction. This controlled the junction to the Severn Valley Line until its closure in the 1970s.

Severn Valley Railway terminus

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. This also reflects the GWR tradition of suffixing the station name with "Town" if it was closer to the main body of the town served than that of its competitor(s), which Kidderminster Town achieves to the tune of around 60 yards.

History

Kidderminster station opened with the extension of the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton railway from Worcester to Stourbridge on 1 May 1852. It became an important intermediate station on the line which became part of the West Midland Railway (WMR) in 1860. In turn, the WMR amalgamated with the Great Western Railway (GWR) and the South Wales Railway on 1 August 1863.[2]

The opening of the Severn Valley Railway in 1862 had no direct effect on Kidderminster because the line initially had only a south facing connection to Hartlebury, passengers wishing to use the line had to change there. The situation changed in 1878, when a north-facing connection was opened between Bewdley and Kidderminster, linking Kidderminster directly with the Severn Valley Line.[3]

Kidderminster station in 1963, with auto-train to Bewdley.
Kidderminster station in 1963, with auto-train to Bewdley.

From about 1900, there was a brisk passenger trade of tourists and day trippers from the West Midlands conurbation.

Due to dwindling passenger numbers, the Severn Valley Line closed to through traffic in 1963. North of Bewdley, the line closed completely in early 1969 when Alveley colliery was shut down and freight traffic ceased.

Passenger services on the Kidderminster, Bewdley and Hartlebury section were withdrawn on 3 January 1970.[4]

The halt of traffic to Stourport power station in 1979, and Kidderminster - Foley Park sugar corporation traffic in 1982 saw the end of regular British Rail services off the main line.

Station buildings

The earliest station building was replaced by another in 1859. In 1863 the second building was destroyed by fire, and a third station building of a mock Tudor design was built to replace it. This survived until 1968 when it was demolished owing to the effects of dry rot and replaced by British Rail in 1974 with a small utilitarian brick building.[5]

As passenger numbers grew, this building became inadequate, and funding for a new building was secured in February 2015,[6] with a new £4.3 million design announced in July 2017. Originally due to open in summer 2019, the new glass fronted building, which is twice the size of the previous one, was eventually opened in June 2020.[7][8]

Services

Station platforms.
Station platforms.

Most trains using the station are operated by West Midlands Railway as part of the Snow Hill Lines.[9]

The standard off peak service in trains per hour (tph) is:

Most West Midlands Railway services are operated by Class 172 diesel multiple units.

The service between Kidderminster and Birmingham is heavily used, by both commuters and shoppers to Birmingham. The service was increased from three to four trains per hour in 2006.

The other company which operates trains is Chiltern Railways to London. Their services are:

These services also connect Kidderminster to Banbury, Bicester North and High Wycombe.

Preceding station
National Rail
National Rail
Following station
Blakedown   West Midlands Railway
Leamington-Worcester
  Hartlebury
Droitwich Spa on Sundays
Blakedown   Chiltern Railways
London-Kidderminster
  Terminus
Heritage Railways
  Heritage railways
Interchange with Kidderminster Town on the Severn Valley Railway

Future

The area has had upgraded signalling and a new connection to the Severn Valley Railway, enabling passenger trains to access the branch in both directions. Electrification of the route is an aspiration of Network Rail and the local rail user group. A service to/from NR metals to Bewdley has also been proposed over the years. This is finally seeing some more local interest.[10][11]

Sources

  1. ^ "Delays to footbridge are 'major problem'". Kidderminster Shuttle. 7 March 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  2. ^ Boynton, John (1995). Rails Through The Hills, Birmingham - Stourbridge, Worcester - Malvern - Hereford. Mid England Books. ISBN 0-9522248-2-8.
  3. ^ John Boynton, The Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway, Mid England Books, Kidderminster, 2002, ISBN 0 954 0839 0 3
  4. ^ Boynton, John (1998). A Century of Railways Around Birmingham and the West Midlands, Volume Two, 1948 - 1972. Mid England Books. ISBN 0 9522248 5 2.
  5. ^ Kidderminster & District Archaeological & Historical Society Building Record of Kidderminster Railway Station.
  6. ^ "Kidderminster station revamp to begin after £1.8m funding award". BBC News. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Plans for £4.3 million redevelopment of Kidderminster railway station revealed". Kidderminster Shuttle. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Kidderminster station building opens". Railway Gazette. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  9. ^ GB eNRT December 2015 Edition, Table 71
  10. ^ SLUG
  11. ^ Kidderminster SHUTTLE

Further reading

Coordinates: 52°23′02″N 2°14′20″W / 52.384°N 2.239°W / 52.384; -2.239