Updated 10 September 2016, 14:25

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

New Class 172 3-car unit driver training near Danzey

Class 172 3-car unit near Danzey : Matt Wilson
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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.

News Headlines

September 2016: The SLPG will be represented at the annual London Midland Stakeholder Conference in Birmingham on 6 October. This is an important event, as a new franchise is to be awarded next year. If there are any particular issues you would like to raise, please let us know. You can use the Contact Us link at the bottom of this page.

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.

June 2016: West Midlands and Chiltern Route Study - a new route study has been completed and can be found here. You have an opportunity to have your say! A twelve-week consultation process is now taking place, closing on 22 September 2016. Please send consultation responses to WestMidlandsandChilternsRouteStudy@networkrail.co.uk.

More News >>

Special Traffic - Steam Train Images >>

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 >>

Find out more about the Group >>

National Rail Enquiries

Train Times & Fares >>

Live Departure & Arrival Boards >>

Station Services & Facilities >>

Changes to Train Times & Service Disruptions >>

Train Operators

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

Birmingham - Stratford & other Snow Hill Lines
London Midland >>

Stratford & Birmingham to Warwick & London
Chiltern Railways>>

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

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