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New Kidderminster Station Building Opened
The new station building at Kidderminster opened on 7 June, replacing the inadequate building that had served the station for 50 years.  The new building is the fifth at the station.  The first was a temporary structure that opened with the station in 1852. It was replaced in 1859 by a building that only survived 3 years before it was destroyed by fire.  The third building was the iconic mock-Tudor structure that served the station for over a century until it succumbed to dry rot in the late 1960s and was replaced by the “functional” brick portacabin.  This survived until last year when it was demolished and replaced by a building more suited to a station with a footfall (pre-Covid) of over 1.6 million per year.
Campaign for Rail was able to visit Kidderminster station twice.  The first occasion was on Monday 25 May, a fortnight before the station opened and our photographer was pleasantly surprised to witness a Transport for Wales Class 230 unit passing through while on a test run from Long Marston to Stourbridge Junction via Honeybourne and Worcester.
These test runs have become a regular occurrence with the units operating additional runs between Stourbridge Junction and Worcester before returning to the Vivarail base in Long Marston in the evening.

The photos below were taken on 23 June and show the completed station building.
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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.

1 August 2020

The Green Bus Company is operating an experimental bus service 242 from Kinver to Merry Hill via Stourbridge Junction and Stourbridge until 28 August.  Buses run every 2 hours from Kinver from 0810 hrs to 1610 hrs (the final journey to Stourbridge only), returning from Merry Hill from 0925  hrs to 1525 hrs.

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.

21 May 2020

The timetables on the Stourbridge line were improved from 18 May with 4 trains per hour operating between Stourbridge Junction and Birmingham, 2 trains per hour between Kidderminster and Birmingham and 1 train per hour between Worcester and Birmingham on Mondays to Saturdays.  The Stourbridge Town shuttle will also operate every 10 minutes between 0615 and 1940 on Mondays to Saturdays.
The Membership Secretary
Stourbridge Line User Group
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Wordsley
Stourbridge
West Midlands
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Site Last Updated on 7 August 2020
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The Membership Secretary
Stourbridge Line User Group
46 Sandringham Road
Wordsley
Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY8 5HL

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