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.
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.
Exhibition on Stratford's lost railways
Escape Community Arts (behind the Golden Bee pub on Sheep St, Stratford) are hosting an exhibition based on the photographs of the late Tom Williams. The exhibition will continue until December 2017. Please click here for opening times.
London Midland lose franchise
London Midland has lost its bid to continue providing services across the West Midlands. From December 2017, services will be operated by West Midlands Trains Ltd, a joint venture between the Dutch firm Abellio, East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
Kompas city exploration app
The Kompas city exploration app was launched at the recent London Midland Labs event. You can find more information - and download the app - here.
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.
Healthy growth in passenger numbers
14 December 2016 - The Office of Rail & Road has released usage figures for the Shakespeare Line. Click here to see them.
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.
Shakespeare Line Promotion Group
The Shakespeare Line Promotion Group is a member of Railfuture.
The Group aims to :
- encourage the use of Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon railway
- 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 the Birmingham, Solihull and Warwickshire areas
- promote the proposed extension from Stratford to Long Marston - Avon Rail Link >>
London Midland Newsletter
July 2016: Stratford-upon-Avon District Council has adopted the long-awaited Core Strategy, which is of importance to the potential reinstatement of the Stratford-Honeybourne route. The Inspector’s Report contains a considerable amount on this topic. It can be found here.
Pages 73-76 (paragraphs 247-258) refer.
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The Stations & Route
Birmingham Snow Hill (BSH)
Birmingham Moor Street (BMO)
Small Heath (SMA)
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
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)
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
For train information, please visit the train operators' websites:
Birmingham - Stratford & other West Midland services
London Midland >>
Stratford & Birmingham to Warwick, Leamington & London
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.