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Jewellery Line Reopening
Eight years after Snow Hill station reopened for passenger services on the Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon lines, the line from Snow Hill to Smethwick West Junction was reopened for passenger services.  New stations were built at Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns and Smethwick Galton Bridge, the last of these being built on two levels to allow connections between services on the Snow Hill to Stourbridge and New Street to Wolverhampton lines (Worcestershire Parkway, take note!).  Smethwick Galton Bridge also replaced Smethwick West station which closed a year later.

On Sunday 24 September 1995, the  Shadow  Minister of  Transport, John  Prescott, travelled on the first service over the new  line which was hauled  by the Severn Valley Railway’s  BR 2-6-4T No 80079, and officially opened the three new stations.  After that initial journey, 80079 hauled a number of public services between Snow Hill and Stourbridge Junction.  All of these services were pre-booked, and every one was full.  

The following video film was taken that day.  In September 2020, the line will celebrate its 25th anniversary.  Unfortunately, the Covid-19 crisis has scuppered any plans of an anniversary celebration.
Latest News

20 October 2020

West Midlands Railway has announced that it will be introducing a temporary timetable from 26 October which will see further reduced services.  Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

16 October 2020

Stourbridge Junction has narrowly missed out on being named the station of the year in a poll organised by the Rail Delivery Group.  Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

27 September 2020

A reduced Monday to Friday timetable has been introduced because of the number of services currently being cancelled due to train crew issues.  The temporary timetable can be found on the Timetables page.

26 August 2020

The timetables on the Stourbridge line will be improved from 7 September.   Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

7 August 2020

Improvement works will shortly take place at Hartlebury.  The programme of works will include the extension of both platforms to accommodate the new four-car Class 196 trains, as well as the refurbishment of existing platforms.  The work is scheduled for completion in February 2021.

23 July 2020

The first of the new Class 196 units was out on the Stourbridge line today when it made its first ever test run from Tyseley to Hereford and back.

7 June 2020

The new station building at Kidderminster has been opened.
Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

23 May 2020

The 10 successful projects from the bids submitted in the first round under the Restore Your railways scheme have been announced by the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps.  A scheme submitted by PMOL for a light rail link between Stourbridge Junction and Brierley Hill was not among the 10 successful bids but PMOL has been asked to provide further details to a subsequent round.
The Membership Secretary
Stourbridge Line User Group
46 Sandringham Road
Wordsley
Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY8 5HL


Site Last Updated on 25 October 2020
(Timetables)
The Membership Secretary
Stourbridge Line User Group
46 Sandringham Road
Wordsley
Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY8 5HL

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