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Updated 10 January 2018, 17:59

The Shakespeare Line - the right track for business, studies and leisure

Sporting its new West Midlands Railway livery, class 172 339 heads for Stratford-upon-Avon as it passes Edstone Aqueduct with a service from Stourbridge junction on 14 December 2017. Image © Fraser Pithie 2017. Click on image to see enlarged image

The Shakespeare Line

Welcome to this website, which is provided by the voluntary Shakespeare Line Promotion Group >>

We aim to promote travel along The Shakespeare Line - the railway line between the City of Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon.

We provide here an introduction to the railway line together with an insight into the wide range of features and attractions available along the line.

Stations along this line serve the City’s shopping and business districts, urban suburbs, market towns, rural communities and Stratford-upon-Avon’s international visitor centre and facilities. More >>

A range of website links are provided to give more detailed information. So just follow the links for train times, fares, operations, venues, attractions, visitor and area information etc.

The Shakespeare Line Promotion Group is a member of Railfuture.

The Group aims to :

  • encourage the use of the railway between Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon
  • promote the line's benefits to residents and visitors
  • monitor operational standards of trains and stations
  • liaise closely with train operating companies, Government, Councils, and Regulatory Authorities
  • promote further development of the Shakespeare Line as a major transport asset for Birmingham, Solihull and Warwickshire
  • promote the proposed extension from Stratford to Long Marston - Avon Rail Link >>

All information on this site is provided in good faith, but no liability whatsoever can be accepted for its accuracy. Neither can any liability be accepted for the content of other websites to which links are provided.

Latest news

Rail use surveys

The SLPG is conducting two surveys of rail use, one for individual travellers and one for businesses. Please take a few minutes to complete the one which applies to you and tell us what you want us to do. Click here to access the survey for individual rail users and here for the version intended for owners and managers of local businesses.

Ticket machine improvements

Ticket vending machines on the Shakespeare Line have been reprogrammed. You can now buy tickets from any station to any destination and buy tickets for future dates from the machines. French and German language options have also been added, in response to a suggestion by the SLPG.

Bus services

All buses serving Stratford stop at the Natwest Bank/Oxfam shop on Wood Street, a few minutes' walk from the station in the direction of the town centre. Please check times and routes before travelling, as they can change at short notice. Click here to see current bus timetables for Warwickshire or use the National journey planner - train, bus and coach.

Buses now serving Stratford station

August 2017: The following bus services currently serve Stratford-upon-Avon (town) station:

City Sightseeing services and services nos. 19 (to West Green Drive), X19 (in the direction of Alcester, Studley and Redditch) and 229 (to Wilmcote, Bearley and Snitterfield) use stop A.

Buses from the Park & Ride and the 19, X19 and 229 services in the direction of the town centre depart from stop B.

Service 5 (Town circular via the Maybird Centre) departs from stop G.

Services 6 (to (to Banbury via Wellesbourne, Kineton and Tysoe), 7 (to Banbury via Ettington, Kineton and Tysoe) and X7 (to Banbury via Ettington) depart from stop D.

The X20 service to Birmingham departs from stop C. It departs from stop H when running into the town centre.

Stops A and B are on Alcester Road, up the steps from the station forecourt. All other stops are in the station forecourt.

Stratford-upon-Avon Area Transport Strategy

Warwickshire County Council and Stratford-upon-Avon District Council have now published the Area Transport Strategy, which can be accessed here. Click here to see responses to the consultation. This draft represents progress in the campaign to reinstate the rail link between Stratford and Long Marston/Honeybourne, as it now states:

"The reinstatement of the Stratford to Honeybourne railway line presents a potential, longer term opportunity to improve rail connectivity with locations including London and the Thames Valley which might deliver economic benefits to the local area. Further analysis and assessment of the economic case for reinstating the line would need to be made before the scheme could receive the support needed for progression. Warwickshire County Council will not commit resources to this work until such time that there is certainty over projects to upgrade the North Cotswold line between Oxford and Worcester. These improvements are needed to increase train frequency on the North Cotswold line from one to two trains per hour, and are prerequisites for reinstating through services on the Stratford to Honeybourne railway line. These projects would also require significant capital investment which has yet to be secured. Only when there is certainty that the North Cotswold Line upgrade will proceed will the County Council engage with work to analyse and assess the economic case for reinstatement.

In the meantime Warwickshire County Council and Stratford District Council are engaging with the North Cotswold Line Task Force on the wider Oxford to Worcester improvements. The additional capacity and increased service frequency that this project will deliver will be of benefit to communities in southwest Warwickshire who access rail services at stations such as Evesham, Honeybourne and Moreton-in-Marsh. The District Council is also commissioning a study into the feasibility of introducing a rail shuttle service between Honeybourne Station and the Garden Village new settlement and Long Marston Airfield.

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The two Councils are also engaging with rail operators to explore alternative options so as to secure better rail connectivity between Stratford-upon-Avon, the Thames Valley and London."

Extract from p.42 of the Consultation Evaluation Report:

"Stratford to Honeybourne Railway Line

Within the responses to the survey, 66 people expressed a view that the Stratford to Honeybourne railway line should either be reinstated or further feasibility work be carried out to establish the viability of the line and that this should be reflected within the Transport Strategy. The justification for this being to:

  • Improve rail services to Worcester, the Thames Valley and the South West
  • Serve the planned large communities at Meon Vale and the Long Marston Airfield
  • Support the tourism sector
  • Take traffic off the roads"


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The Stations & Route

Birmingham Snow Hill (BSH)
Birmingham Moor Street (BMO)
Bordesley (BBS)
Small Heath (SMA)
Tyseley (TYS)
Spring Road (SRI)
Hall Green (HLG) 105 parking spaces, including 8 disabled
Yardley Wood (YRD) 100 parking spaces, including 4 disabled
Shirley (SRL) 79 parking spaces, including 5 disabled
Whitlocks End (WTE) 300+ parking spaces
Wythall (WYT)
Earlswood (EWD) 12 parking spaces
The Lakes (TLK)
Wood End (WDE) 6 parking spaces (extension under discussion)
Danzey (DZY) 10 parking spaces including 3 disabled
Henley-in-Arden (HNL) 62 parking spaces including 12 disabled
Wootton Wawen (WWW)
Wilmcote (WMC)
Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway (STY) 295 parking spaces
Stratford-upon-Avon (SAV) 320 parking spaces, including 7 disabled

The numbers of parking spaces are provided in good faith, but the Shakespeare Line Promotion Group cannot accept any liability whatsoever for their accuracy. The number of spaces may vary due to construction/improvement work. Charges are made for parking at some stations.

National Rail Enquiries

National journey planner - train, bus and coach >>

Train Times & Fares >>

Live Departure & Arrival Boards >>

Station Services & Facilities >>

Book a taxi from your destination station >>

Changes to Train Times & Service Disruptions >>

Train Operators

For train information, please visit the train operators' websites:

Birmingham - Stratford & other West Midland services
West Midlands Trains >>

Stratford & Birmingham to Warwick, Leamington & London
Chiltern Railways>>

Birmingham - Henley - Stratford Heritage Steam Train Service - Summer Sundays only
The Shakespeare Express - Vintage Trains >>

For details of steam-hauled and other excursions throughout the UK, please visit our News and Notices page.



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