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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

15 May 2022

New timetables come into force today.  Updated timetables can be found on the Timetables page and on each individual station page.

25 March 2022

The SLUG Annual Public Meeting and AGM will be held on 10 May.  Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

24 March 2022

A revised timetable comes into effect on 15 May 2022.  Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

31 October 2021

SLUG issues a statement on the current state of Snow Hill line services and joins three other user groups in sending a strongly worded letter to the West Midlands Rail Executive.  Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

27 October 2021

The Department for Transport has just announced that the bid by Pre-Metro Operations for funding under the Restore Your Railways Fund to progress the provision of a light rail shuttle service from Stourbridge Junction to Harts Hill to link up with the Midland Metro has been rejected.

7 October 2021

Worcestershire County Council has launched a consultation into proposals to expand the car park at Blakedown station by 87 spaces.  Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

2 August 2021

A new Stourbridge Line User Group Facebook page has been set up to complement this web site by posting any developments or problems as they happen.  The Facebook page may be viewed by clicking on the Facebook icon on this page.

23 May 2021

The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail has been published by the Government.  Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.
The Membership Secretary
Stourbridge Line User Group
46 Sandringham Road
Wordsley
Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY8 5HL


Site Last Updated on 15 May 2022
(Timetables)
The Membership Secretary
Stourbridge Line User Group
46 Sandringham Road
Wordsley
Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY8 5HL

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