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Updated 15 July 2018, 16:41

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.

Stratford-upon-Avon Town Station news and 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

July 2018: The following bus services currently serve Stratford-upon-Avon (town) station:

City Sightseeing services and services nos. X17 (to West Green Drive), X19 (in the direction of Alcester, Studley and Redditch) , 229 (to Wilmcote, Bearley and Snitterfield) and services to the Park & Ride use stop A. N.B. Wilmcote, Bearley and the Park & Ride can also be reached by train.

The X17 service in the direction of the town centre departs from stop B.

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. From 2 September 2018 this service will terminate at Shirley station and no longer serve the centre of Birmingham. It will also be renumbered service 20. On Sundays, it will run from central Birmingham through Stratford to Chipping Norton as service X50.

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 >>

Kenilworth station reopens

Kenilworth station, closed in 1965, reopened on 30 April 2018. It is served by a Leamington-Coventry train running at hourly intervals from Monday to Saturday.. The first train leaves for Coventry at 06.16 with the last service at 22.25. In the opposite direction, services start at 06.44 with the last train at 22.53. There are currently no Sunday services. This information is provided in good faith, but with no liability on the part of the Shakespeare Line Promotion Group. Please check times before travelling.

Cheaper rail tickets with Trainsplit

It has long been possible to save money on rail fares by splitting ticket purchases, i.e. by purchasing two or more tickets for a journey rather than one through ticket. However, this has hitherto involved a lot of work comparing fares. A new website (https://www.trainsplit.com/) has now been launched which makes the whole process much easier. It works in a similar way to Opodo, which offer cheaper flights by accepting changes and combining fares for the individual parts of a route, instead of just looking for direct services and through tickets.

Some examples of the savings which can be achieved are shown below.


Cheapest return fare on Trainline

Cheapest return fare on Trainsplit


Journey details

Stratford-upon-Avon to Stoke-on-Trent, returning same day




Dep. 10.24, arr. 12.43

Return dep. 17.07, arr. 19.23

Change in Birmingham

Henley-in-Arden to Glasgow, returning one week later




Dep. 09.41, arr. 15.15

Return dep. 12.00, arr 17.07

Change in Birmingham

Birmingham to Taunton, returning one week later




Dep. 10.17, arr. 12.14

Return dep. 09.51, arr. 11.58

No changes

Both single and return fares are available: the examples above are based on the cheapest return fares. It will be seen that the cheaper fares do not involve any more changes of train than the more expensive options, although this is not always the case. It is possible to customise the search for fares by including or excluding changing points, routes or train operating companies and including a Railcard discount. N.B. The site does not cover Eurostar services.

The use of split tickets is perfectly legal.

The information above has been provided in good faith and is believed to be accurate at the time of publication, but the Shakespeare Line Promotion Group will not accept any liability for errors or omissions.

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 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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