Perry Barr railway station

Perry Barr Railway Station is a railway station in Perry Barr, Birmingham, England, and is one of the oldest continuously operated railway station sites in the world, having first opened in 1837.

Perry Barr
National Rail
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The station platforms in 2012
General information
LocationPerry Barr, Birmingham
England
Coordinates52°30′58″N 1°54′07″W / 52.516°N 1.902°W / 52.516; -1.902Coordinates: 52°30′58″N 1°54′07″W / 52.516°N 1.902°W / 52.516; -1.902
Grid referenceSP066909
Managed byWest Midlands Railway
Transit authorityTransport for West Midlands
Platforms2
Other information
Station codePRY
Fare zone2
ClassificationDfT category E
Key dates
4 July 1837Opened by Grand Junction Railway
10 May 2021Closed for refurbishment
Passengers
2016/17Decrease 0.629 million
2017/18Decrease 0.616 million
2018/19Increase 0.694 million
2019/20Decrease 0.648 million
2020/21Decrease 46,830
Location
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

The station is closed for redevelopment as part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games scheme until May 2022. Rail replacement services are available.

HistoryEdit

The original station was built by the Grand Junction Railway in 1837, and so the station is the oldest one on its original site in the city, and one of the oldest continuously operated station sites in the world.[1] The Grand Junction became part of the London and North Western Railway (LNWR), thence the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS), and each owned the station in turn. Together with the rest of Britain's railways it was nationalised in 1948.

The station was rebuilt when the line was electrified in 1966 as part of the London Midland Region's electrification programme.[2] The actual energization of the line from Coventry to Walsall through Aston took place on 15 August 1966.[3]

FeaturesEdit

The pedestrian entrance is on the A34 Walsall Road. The station has two side platforms, one each side of the two operating lines, with no points or sidings. The ticket office is on a bridge over the tracks, which are below street level. Both platforms have step-free access via ramps. It is manned on a part-time basis throughout the week, and has a self-service ticket and Permit to Travel machine for use when the ticket office is closed. Waiting shelters and bench seating are provided at platform level, along with customer help points. Service information is given on information displays and by automated announcements.[4]

As well as local residents, shops and businesses, it serves:

A bronce-coloured frieze was installed in March 2022 depicting athletes.[5]

ServicesEdit

The typical Monday–Saturday daytime service has two trains per hour in each direction between Walsall and Birmingham New Street (and onwards to Wolverhampton via the Stour Valley Line) that are operated by Class 323 and Class 350 electric trains. Services are reduced to one train per hour in the evenings and on Sundays. There are a small number of services that extend past Walsall to either Hednesford or Rugeley Trent Valley On weekdays one early morning train starts at Birmingham International .[6]

The line also sees occasional use for diverted passenger trains between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton (and destinations further north), usually when the Stour Valley Line is closed for engineering work.

The station closed temporarily on Monday 10 May 2021 for refurbishment. Rail tickets marked to/from Perry Barr are valid for travel to/from Witton and Hamstead as well as on selected local bus services during the closure. The station is expected to reopen for the May 2022 timetable change.[7]

RedevelopmentEdit

 
The new, planned design for the redevelopment of the station.
 
The part-complete new station building, 8 November 2021

In 2019, the West Midlands Rail Executive and Transport for West Midlands put forward proposals to redevelop Perry Barr station, along with a new bus interchange, in time for the 2022 Commonwealth Games—which is to be held in Birmingham.[8] Proposed designs were revealed in September 2020.[9] Further revisions were proposed in December.[10] The designs were approved and the station was closed on 10 May 2021 for redevelopment, with the station scheduled to reopen by May 2022.[11][12]

IncidentsEdit

On 22 December 1895, Mark Robins, a LNWR guard, was killed while his goods train was waiting in a siding at the station for a faster football excursion train from Liverpool to Birmingham to pass. Due to fog, he did not see the approaching train, and was struck by it.[13][14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Perry Barr Station Rails Around Birmingham
  2. ^ Nock, O.S. (1966). Britain's New Railway. London: Ian Allan. pp. 147–159.
  3. ^ Gillham, J.C. (1988). The Age of the Electric Train - Electric trains in Britain since 1883. Shepperton: Ian Allan. p. 169.
  4. ^ Perry Barr station facilitiesNational Rail Enquiries
  5. ^ Smith, Roger (14 March 2022). "Frieze depicting athletes added as Perry Barr station nears completion". RailAdvent. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  6. ^ GB eNRT May 2017 Edition, Table 70
  7. ^ Perry Barr ClosureWest Midlands Railway
  8. ^ "Plans to transform One Stop Shopping Centre bus interchange and Perry Barr railway station". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  9. ^ "New designs for Perry Barr Railway Station unveiled". West Midlands Combined Authority. Retrieved 28 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Designs for new Perry Barr railway station revised following feedback". West Midlands Combined Authority. Retrieved 8 December 2020.
  11. ^ "Designs for new Perry Barr railway station revised following feedback". West Midlands Rail Executive. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  12. ^ Anjum, Husna (27 April 2021). "Alternative travel routes ahead of Perry Barr station closure". BirminghamLive. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  13. ^ "A Guard Killed at Perry Barr". Birmingham Mail. 23 December 1895.; see File:Two press clippings - death of Mark Robins at Perry Barr Station - December 1895.jpg
  14. ^ "The Fatal Accident to a Guard". Birmingham Mail. 24 December 1895.

External linksEdit

 
British Rail ticket - Perry Barr to Walsall


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