WARWICKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL NEWS
Boost For Rail
Services To Stratford?
work outside Stratford rail station could see the number of commuter
and vintage train journeys increasing to the tourist venue.
town could be getting a new steam rail depot and engineering works to
upgrade the line that would boost the number the services.
are afoot for new works by the station that stands at the end of a
branch line running from Solihull and Birmingham, with a link to
Leamington and Warwick.
Trains runs two trips each Sunday with a Great Western steam train.
The Shakespeare Express 460-passenger train (pictured above) runs from Birmingham to
Stratford for a £15 return trip. It was in service from the 1930s to
the company cannot offer more services until the improvement works are
made to increase capacity.
new depot at Stratford is being considered by Railtrack (that owns the
signals and tracks), local councils and the Birmingham Railway Museum
based up the line at Tyseley.
Wright, Finance director at the museum, explained:
have been looking at this idea for some time. We are all working
together and it could be open by 2003, but there is some way to go
council has been looking at a new road layout in Stratford and we
think that is sorted now.
would all like to see the number of trains into Stratford increased
and Central Trains wants to operate a half-hourly service.
are involved to a significant degree, and really until there are on
side there is not much we can do. We cannot really go around messing
with their track!
of the problems is that the signalling on the line is very old, with
old signal boxes in use, limiting the number of trains that can use
the line. But in a way, it can also be part of the charm.”
are no signal boxes between Shirley and Bearley. When one train is on
that section, no other trains can go into that stretch until the first
train has left.
Trains runs frequent services to Birmingham and Leamington, while
Thames Trains has four services a day to Paddington.
is a scheme to improve the layout at Stratford. There are three
platforms but there can be problem getting trains in
is no turntable at Stratford, and also a water hydrant is needed for
Flying Scotsman went to Stratford last year and more vintage trains
could visit the town if there were better facilities for them.
is not known whether the public would able to visit the new Stratford
depot, because of health and safety issues.