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Updated 02 November 2017, 10:58

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.

London Midland Newsletter

8 August 2017 - Click here to read the latest Newsletter from London Midland

Railfuture newsletter

11 August 2016 - 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 London Midland >>

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.



26/06/13 Connecting Stratford - Enhanced Business Case for North & South Connections to Stratford - See report >>

08/06/13 Computer Simulations of how rail link through Stratford would have minimum impact on residents and roads - see ARL page >>

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

02/10/12 ARL Newsletter - See circular >>

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

View the results of the 2011 survey. >>

16/03/11 Avon Rail Link - New Page focussing on "The Six Mile Missing Link"

See new web page >>

09/03/11 AVON RAIL LINK "GRIP 3" STUDY Launch - raising funds to commission a detailed business case study.

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

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

If you would prefer to have a copy sent by post, please click on link below to e-mail your request to us.

Request a copy of ARL - SLPG report by post >>


Click here to download and read the ARL case >>

If you would prefer to have a copy sent by post, please click on link below to e-mail your request to us.

Request a copy of ARL case by post >>

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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