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Updated 29 January 2018, 15:36

Shakespeare Line & Avon Rail Link News & Notices

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Stratford & District Model Railway Club

The club has premises at Unit 7, Cutlers Farm, Wootton Wawen. Click here for details.

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. French and German language options have also been added, in response to a suggestion by the SLPG.

Railfuture newsletter

Click here to read the latest issue of Rail User Express, for news of rail developments all over the country.

Stratford-upon-Avon Town Station news and bus services

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.

Please click here to see current bus timetables for Warwickshire. The Shakespeare Line Promotion Group has published this information in good faith, but cannot accept any liability whatsoever for its accuracy.

See Warwickshire C.C. web page >>

See the latest news from West Midlands Trains >>

Passenger numbers

RAIL PASSENGER journeys at Yardley Wood have increased further by over 4.7% compared to last year in the latest figures recorded and released by the Rail Regulator, the Office of Rail & Road (ORR) for 2016/17. It means that Yardley Wood with over 448,000 passenger journeys a year has the highest usage of any intermediate station along the North Warwickshire Line between Birmingham's Snow Hill & Moor Street and Stratford upon Avon. The latest passenger figures from ORR show that Stratford upon Avon has hit and exceeded the one million mark for rail passenger journeys in the year. Click here to see the latest official passenger figures for the Shakespeare Line, and here to read a brief report on them.

Avon Rail Link News

The campaign to reopen the line between Stratford-upon-Avon and Honeybourne now has its own dedicated website. Just click here for the latest news. Existing reports etc. remain available here.

We are delighted to report that the "GRIP 3 " Business Case Study, undertaken by Ove Arup & Partners, has declared that reopening the six-mile 'missing link' south of Stratford-upon-Avon to Long Marston and via the freight branch to Honeybourne is feasible and has a sound business case.


Follow the links below to see two computer simulations of what a reinstated single track railway through Stratford would be like, avoiding a level crossing and in a trench to minimise noise impact on residents.



2014 SLC report on transport links between Long Marston and Stratford - See report

28/11/12 ARL Summary Booklet (updated with Ove Arup report) - See booklet >>

02/10/12 GRIP Report to Stratford-upon-Avon District Council - See report >> Warning - 11Mb!!

View the results of the 2011 survey. >>

21/10/10 THE AVON RAIL LINK - a report by independent consultants JMP

Click here to download and read the ARL - SLPG Report >>

Tyseley Open Days 2018

Details of the next open day will be published here in due course.

Steam trains and excursions

Steam excursions operate between Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon on Sundays from July to September. Visit the Shakespeare Express website for more details.

Information on steam-hauled rail excursions throughout Britain can be found here.

For details of all railtours in Britain, whether diesel, steam or electric, visit the railtour info website.

This information is provided in good faith and is believed to be accurate at the time of publication. However, the Shakespeare Line Promotion Group will not accept any liability for inaccuracies or for the content of third-party websites.

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