Worcester Foregate Street railway station

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Worcester Foregate Street National Rail
Worcester Foregate Street
Location
PlaceWorcester
Local authorityWorcester
Grid referenceSO849552
Operations
Station codeWOF
Managed byLondon Midland
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/050.320 million
2005/06Increase 1.583 million
2006/07Decrease 1.273 million
2007/08Decrease 1.253 million
2008/09Increase 1.469 million
2009/10Increase 1.487 million
2010/11Increase 1.625 million
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Worcester Foregate Street from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
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Worcester Foregate Street National Rail
Worcester Foregate Street
Location
PlaceWorcester
Local authorityWorcester
Grid referenceSO849552
Operations
Station codeWOF
Managed byLondon Midland
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/050.320 million
2005/06Increase 1.583 million
2006/07Decrease 1.273 million
2007/08Decrease 1.253 million
2008/09Increase 1.469 million
2009/10Increase 1.487 million
2010/11Increase 1.625 million
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Worcester Foregate Street from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
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Worcester Foregate Street railway station, opened by the Great Western Railway in 1860,[1] is situated in the centre of the city of Worcester, in Worcestershire, England. It is physically the smaller of the two stations serving the city, but is more centrally located. The other station is Worcester Shrub Hill situated to the east.

The station layout is unusual in that travelling east the two platforms serve different routes, rather than different directions. Platform 1 can only be accessed by trains via Worcester Shrub Hill (including trains to and from London Paddington), while Platform 2 can only be accessed from the east by trains running directly to and from Droitwich Spa, avoiding Shrub Hill.

There is a cafe situated at the end of Platform 1 in the old signal box.

The station itself is built on a viaduct, meaning that space for expansion is restricted. Despite its small size, the remains of two signal boxes can be seen, one spanning the tracks and the second now the station cafe.

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History

The station opened on the 17th May 1860. It was originally part of the Hereford and Worcester Railway which was incorporated into the West Midland Railway, before being absorbed by the Great Western Railway. On the 1st January 1948 the company became Government owned under British Rail.

The station celebrated its 150th birthday on 23 May 2010 with the unveiling of a plaque and a special train[2] that ran to Great Malvern railway station (which celebrated its 150th Anniversary on the same date).[3]

The art gallery Movement opened on platform 2 on 2 October 2010.[4]

Services

The station is served by two train operating companies: London Midland (who manage the station) and First Great Western. London Midland operate services to Birmingham via two different routes, either direct to Birmingham New Street (via Bromsgrove), or via Kidderminster to Birmingham Snow Hill. First Great Western operate a service to London Paddington via the Cotswold Line and Oxford, a service to Bristol Temple Meads via Gloucester, and a twice-daily service to Southampton Central. Both companies have services which continue beyond Worcester to the two Malvern stations of Malvern Link and Great Malvern, and on to Hereford.

See also

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
London Midland
Birmingham-Hereford
London Midland
Worcester-Birmingham via Kidderminster
Terminus
First Great Western
Cotswold Line

References

  1. ^ M.E. Quick, Railway Passenger Stations in England, Scotland and Wales — A Chronology. Richmond: Railway and Canal Historical Society, 2003
  2. ^ Malvern Worcester 150th Anniversary Official website
  3. ^ "Worcestershire railway stations mark 150 years" 23 May 2010 Retrieved 23 May 2010
  4. ^ "Toilet turned into an art gallery". BBC News. 27 September 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/herefordandworcester/hi/people_and_places/arts_and_culture/newsid_9037000/9037972.stm. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 

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Coordinates: 52°11′42″N 2°13′19″W / 52.195°N 2.222°W / 52.195; -2.222