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LOCAL RAIL - BIRMINGHAM to WOLVERHAMPTON
& STOKE-ON-TRENT
LINE PLAN
  Birmingham New Street
  Smethwick Rolfe Street
  Smethwick Galton Bridge
  Sandwell & Dudley
  Dudley Port
  Tipton
  Coseley
  Wolverhampton
  Penkridge
  Stafford
  Norton Bridge
  Stone
  Barlaston
  Wedgwood
  Stoke-on-Trent
A Midlands Station-by-Station Guide to local facilities provided.

 
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 dudleymall@dudleymall.co.uk or by post to Dudley Mall, 62 Gervase Drive, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4AT.
 
Wheels: BS. If you're on wheels, see our Easy Access notes.

A full list of routes covered by Dudley Mall appears at the bottom of this page.
BIRMINGHAM NEW STREET has a page to itself. To see it, click New Street Station for extended information. When you've seen what you need to see, click the Back button that you'll find at top or bottom of the page to return here.
Rolfe Street Plan SMETHWICK ROLFE STREET lies at the point where Rolfe Street branches off Tollhouse Way. The ticket office is at road level, to one side of the railway passing underneath. There are steps only (no lifts) down to the platforms, and access to the far platform is from the public pavement, not from the ticket office foyer. Rolfe Street has no park-and-ride facilities but limited street parking is available. Wheels: BS.
Smethwick Galton Bridge plan SMETHWICK GALTON BRIDGE is on three levels. The ticket office is at road level; the Kidderminster - Birmingham Snow Hill platforms are one level down; and the Wolverhampton - Birmingham New Street platforms lie crosswise underneath the Worcester line. All platforms are accessible by lift, but two different lifts are needed to get to platform 4 (trains from Wolverhampton towards Birmingham). Smethwick Galton Bridge The lifts are in brick towers built at the four corners of the bridge straddling the lower line, so there is a few yards walk between them. There is no station parking, but you may find local street parking. Wheels: BS.

The photo (from Birmingham New Street end) shows how the platforms for the Kidderminster line pass crosswise over those for the Wolverhampton line at Galton Bridge. The two brick towers house lifts between levels.
Click here to transfer to the Birmingham - Kidderminster line.

Sandwell and Dudley Plan SANDWELL & DUDLEY is the principal station between Wolverhampton and Birmingham in the respect that it gets called on by long-distance as well as regional trains. The station is above road level beside a bridge over Bromford Road, about 10 minutes walk from Oldbury centre. It has a road-level underpass (with a street exit on the south side) with separate lifts and stairs to each platform and to the ticket office. The ticket office is at half-height between road and rail, but it is approachable on the level by car, and the lift on that side stops at all three levels (and has three sets of doors!). The sizeable park-and-ride car park can still be a squeeze at times. It can be a pain to get to by bus, though there is a bus stop by the bridge. Wheels: BS.
Dudley Port Plan DUDLEY PORT is a single island platform. Wolverhampton-bound trains normally arrive at the platform side which faces the nearby canal. The platform is reached by a subway from beside the ticket office, then steps up. No lift is evident, and the long sloping approach may be a trial for the less athletic, but there are park-and-ride facilities. Note that the main road below the station (also called Dudley Port and linking Dudley to Great Bridge) is prone to traffic jams. The 74 bus runs on this road and is a quick link to Dudley town centre (when not stuck in the jams, of course). Wheels: BS.
Tipton Plan TIPTON station is adjacent to the very busy level crossing on St. Alexandra Road. Station access is from either side of the line by the crossing, and there is an underpass linking the two sides. Park-and-ride parking is right beside the level crossing on the opposite side from the station, adjacent to the small town centre shoppers' car park. Be warned: motorists with local knowledge and any choice in the matter always avoid this level crossing - and many of the bus routes do as well. Wheels: BS.
Coseley Plan COSELEY has its ticket office close to Gough Road, beside a long ramp down to Birmingham-bound trains. Wolverhampton trains are reached from Havacre Lane with steps and a zigzag ramp both available. The Gough Road overbridge links the two. Parking areas are provided in Havacre Lane, just past the Wolverhampton end of the station; and down from the ticket office, on the Train at Coseleyopposite side of Gough Road. The station is a short distance down the hill from Roseville on the Birmingham New Road, so it's not too far from the 125 and 126 bus services between Wolverhampton and Dudley/Birmingham. 525 and 545 actually pass the station, but are less frequent. Wheels: BS.

Coseley: cycles travel free on local Centro services.
Wolverhampton Plan WOLVERHAMPTON is one of the region's principal stations, located just beyond the town's main bus station, and reached by its own road (Railway Drive) which also gives access to its multi-storey car park (not free). During late summer 2004, a new platform (platform 4) has been added to the station, and a new passenger overbridge with lifts already serves three platforms, and will connect all of them when completed. In the meantime, you can use the old overbridge between 1 and 2 or get staff assistance if necessary to use the goods lift. Regular users will realise that the station already has a platform 4, but this now becomes platform 6.

This still leaves a somewhat messy numerical arrangement, since platforms 5 and 6 are on the back face of platform 1 - not the first place you might look for them, but a sensible answer short of renumbering everything (which probably has operational consequences far beyond moving a few signs around). As with other long stations, some of the platforms are lettered 'a' and 'b' to allow two shorter trains to stand at different points along the same platform face, so check the arrival/departure screens to ensure you're at the right end. Wolverhampton's facilities include a cafe and a small newsagents, and substantial areas are canopied. Wheels: 1/5/6 2/3/4.

Wolverhampton also serves the Walsall-Shrewsbury line. Click here to transfer to our guide for that line.

Penkridge Plan PENKRIDGE Penkridge station lies just south of the village centre, and is signed off the west side of the A449. Station Road (longer than shown in the sketch) is a tight access because the station is attracting commuters but only has space for about 24 cars. The spill-over is therefore clogging the narrow residential streets. The platforms are on an embankment, reached either by new ramps (using a new underpass for the north side) or 21 steps alongside the closed station building. At first sight, the half-gates down the ramp are to prevent runaway, but their frequency is a hindrance and makes it more likely that it's an anti-skateboarding feature. Nevetheless, the station is far more accessible than it was even in 2002, though it's still pretty basic on seats and shelter - especially for northbound passengers.
Wheels: BS.
Stafford Plan STAFFORD station was probably rebuilt as part of the West Coast electrification scheme in the early 1960s, and its challenging concrete just looks dingy and ugly now. That apart, the station is well appointed with a bright concourse and ticket area, plus a travel centre, newsagent and snack bar all to hand. Every platform has waiting rooms at the outer ends of each canopy and - unusually - there are seats on the overbridge to watch the busy procession of trains in comfort (along with a further waiting room over tracks 4 and 5). Stafford (the place) seems small to warrant this provision, though the station obviously has heavy commuter use and may also be a transfer point.

The overbridge is 32 steps up and has no public lifts, but the goods lifts can be used with staff assistance. There are timetables, overhead monitors, station plans and local street plans dotted around the station, but don't look for platform 2 - there isn't one. Outside there is pay and display parking at daily rates (5.00 in March 2002), plus a very small short-stay collection point. Nearby is an Arriva bus stop serving several routes. Wheels: BS.

Stafford also serves the Stafford to Rugby line via the Trent Valley.

Norton Bridge Plan NORTON BRIDGE station is a single island platform marooned in the middle of the West Coast Main Line. If there are signs to the station, we didn't see them, but "Station Road" is a reasonable hint, and failing that you can follow the wide cutting full of steel masts that support the electrical power supply for the trains. There is parking for about 15-20 cars, a train information board, and a steel and concrete overbridge across to the platform. The only feature there is a substantially-built waiting room with seats for about 12, plus standing room for maybe 20. The internal decor is tatty, and not helped at all by dismal graffiti apparently written by retarded 6-year olds. Train service is at roughly 90 minute intervals through the day. Access is difficult for prams and non-existent for wheelchair users. Wheels: BS.

Stone Plan
STONE station lies in the north-western section of the town, and is signed rather spasmodically. If you follow the central ring road signing that takes
Stone Station     It's sad when architecture like this begins to decay. But businesses must rid themselves of time- expired assets to stay viable.
you along Newcastle Street, be sure to turn right at Margaret Street (then left along Station Road). Without that, you find yourself out on the A34. Just where Station Road meets a level crossing, go left along Station Approach (unsigned). There is no railway car park, but the approach has room for at least 30 cars - and possibly double that.

The station is set in a junction of routes, with its lovely old North Staffordshire Railway building going derelict and now fenced off for renovation for non-railway use. This still gives canopy shelter to the southbound platform though the platform is narrowed there by the fencing. A modern steel overbridge gets you to the north platform (but not if you're wheelbound) where an open-fronted brick shelter gives perch-bar seating for about 18 people, with standing room for more. The station does not serve the tracks that go through the level crossing. There is no ticket office, and no other facilities. Wheels: BS.

Barlaston Plan BARLASTON station is at a level crossing on a rising slope by a petrol station-cum-shop, a little over half a mile east of the A34 trunk road. The main building has been shut down, so the features today are limited to a bench sheltered by an open-fronted brick shelter on the southbound side, and an al fresco bench on the north side. Both platforms have ramp access from the level crossing. Road traffic here is allowed to do 30mph, but this is a main line and through trains can do 90, so take note of the warning lines on the platforms.Wheels: BS.

Wedgwood Plan WEDGWOOD is a trestle-built station which exists essentially for the Wedgwood china works nearby. The road access ("Welcome to Wedgwood") is from the unnumbered Barlaston-Trentham road, and while there is no obvious obstruction to public use of the station, there is no public parking at all. Also note that the road is longer than shown on the plan, and has speed bumps and a dead-slow blind bridge hump. The station itself has ramps to the platforms from the adjacent level crossing, and large bus shelters on the platform, but apart from timetables it has no other facilities.Wheels: BS.

Stoke-on-Trent Station STOKE-ON-TRENT station is a grand example of North Staffordshire Railway architecture along its road frontage (if less inspiring on the platforms), and is a rare Midlands survival of a traditional overall trainshed roof. There are two main line platform faces plus a bay platform, and the passenger link is an underpass. Wheelchair users should contact customer services to use a lift down to the underpass. Stoke-on-Trent has a full set of services - waiting rooms (including a separate first class waiting room), food, newspapers, toilets, etc., though most are on the southbound platform.
Stoke-on-Trent Plan The entrance hall has been modernised within the old North Staffs shell, and is carefully surveyed by a statue of Josiah Wedgwood directly across the street. Apart from a small set-down area by the entrance, there is no station parking and very little street parking, though a pay-and- display area was being completed along the street when we visited. Alternatively, there is a taxi rank to the north of the station entrance. Wheels: BS.

Stoke also serves the Stoke-on-Trent to Derby and Nottingham line. Click here to transfer to our guide for that line.
Routes Table:      
Stations A-Z All Routes Map Information Page
Birmingham New Street Station
B'ham - Cheltenham & Bristol
B'ham - Coventry & London Euston
B'ham - Derby & Nottingham
B'ham - Kidderminster & Worcester
B'ham - Leamington Spa
B'ham - Leicester
B'ham - Lichfield
B'ham - Redditch & Worcester
B'ham - Rugeley
B'ham - Stratford-upon-Avon
B'ham - Wolverhampton & Stoke
Cheltenham Spa - Cardiff
Chester - Hereford & Cardiff
Chester - Llandudno
Crewe - Shrewsbury
Derby & Notting'm - Bedford & London
Leamington Spa - Oxford
Leamington Spa - London
Manchester - Crewe via M. Airport
Manchester - Crewe via Stockport
Shrewsbury - Llandrindod
Stafford - Rugby via Trent Valley
Stoke-on-Trent - Derby      
Walsall - Shrewsbury
Worcester - Hereford
Worcester - Oxford
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