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Cradley Heath Interchange
Location
PlaceCradley Heath
Local authoritySandwell
Operations
Station codeCRA
Platforms in use2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail
Annual rail passenger usage
2004/05 *0.209 million
2005/06 *increase 0.232 million
2006/07 *increase 0.242 million
2007/08 *increase 0.288 million
2008/09 *increase 0.656 million
History
Opened 1863 (1863)
National Rail - UK railway stations
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* Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Cradley Heath Interchange from Office of Rail Regulation statistics.
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Cradley Heath Interchange serves the town of Cradley Heath in the West Midlands county of England. It is located on the Birmingham to Worcester via Kidderminster Line. The station is managed by London Midland, who provide the majority of train services; there are also occasional services provided by Chiltern Railways.

Cradley Heath is the nearest station to the Merry Hill Shopping Centre in Brierley Hill, and connecting bus services are provided. As a consequence, it is the station with the most Plusbus ticket sales (tickets for both rail travel and the connecting bus journey).[citation needed]. Cradley Heath bus station is situated right in front of the railway station; thus effectively forming Cradley Heath Interchange.

HistoryEdit

The station was opened in 1863 by the Stourbridge Railway, on their line from Stourbridge Junction to Old Hill. This was later taken over by the Great Western Railway, who incorporated it into their line to Birmingham. Historically, the station was known as Cradley.

Tony Rivers of Netherton, Dudley, saved a woman who was trapped on the line at the station and was subsequently awarded the George Medal. The present station buildings date from the mid-1980s when the station was rebuilt entirely on the west side of the level crossing. Previously there had been a staggered platform arrangement on either side of the crossing.

ServicesEdit

During Monday to Saturday daytimes, there are six trains per hour in each direction, operated by London Midland, between Birmingham Snow Hill and Stourbridge Junction. Many of these continue beyond Stourbridge to Kidderminster, Worcester Foregate Street, Worcester Shrub Hill or Great Malvern, and beyond Birmingham to Whitlocks End, Stratford-upon-Avon, Dorridge or Leamington Spa. During the evenings and on Sundays, there are typically two trains per hour.

There are also occasional trains during peak periods to/from London Marylebone, provided by Chiltern Railways.

Bus InterchangeEdit

Alongside the Rail Station, there is a 6 stand bus interchange which was opened on 26 July 2015. The bus station is owned and operated by Centro the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority who charges operators for the usage.

Route Terminal Via Operator Notes
Forge Lane (opp) Cradley Heath Interchange
Rail Replacement buses only NXWM only Rail Replacement buses only
Stand A
X10 Merry Hill Bus Station National Express West Midlands Mon-Sat daytime journeys
Pensnett Trading Estate (Pensnett Bus Garage) Merry Hill Bus Station & Russells Hall Hospital Mon-Fri off-peak journeys (9:50 to 13:50-1:50pm)
Stand B
4M Merry Hill Bus Station National Express West Midlands
14 Brierley Hill Library (Stop BD) Netherend Netherend Lane (after), Netherend New Street (opp) & Merry Hill Merry Hill Bus Station Hansons buses
24 Merry Hill Merry Hill Bus Station Hansons Buses
Stand C
129 Merry Hill Bus Station National Express West Midlands
208 Merry Hill Merry Hill Bus Station Cradley Heath Cradley Forge (adj), Quarry Bank Woodland Avenue (opp), Quarry Bank New Street (adj), Quarry Bank Church Street (opp), Quarry Bank Sun Street (after) & Merry Hill Two Woods Lane (adj) IGo (from WMSNT) Mon-Sat daytime journeys
Merry Hill Centre Bus Station Diamond Bus All daytime Sun journeys
Stand D
12 Blackheath Halesowen Street Colley Gate Colley Lane, Haden Hill Leisure Centre & Old Hill Halesowen Road Diamond Bus
124 Dudley Bus Station Dudley Wood The Woodman & Netherton Church Road Two morning Mon-Fri only journey
Dudley Wood The Woodman, Copse Road & Netherton Church Road
Stand E
14 Fatherless Barn Hedgefield Grove (adj) Hansons Buses
24 Swan Village Lea Green Avenue (before) Brickhouse Farm Pennant Road (adj), The Knowle Doulton Road (before), Tansley Hill Tansley Hill (E-bound), Dudley Dudley Bus Station (Stand M), Tipton Tipton Cross Roads (after), Tipton High Street (Stop TP), Bloomfield The Pie Factory (opp) & Swan Village Foxyards Road (adj)
129 Birmingham Colmore Row The Parade Codsall Road, Blackheath Market Place, Warley George, Bearwood Drayton Road & Edgbaston Ivy Bush National Express West Midlands
208 Dudley Dudley Bus Station (Stand H) Cradley Heath Five Ways (Stop CF), Cradley Heath By Pass (after), Dudley Wood the Vitoria (opp), Dudley Wood Lantern Road (adj), Dudley Wood Saltwells Road (adj), Old Hill Cross (before), Old Hill Old Hill Cross (after), Brickhouse Farm Cox’s Lane (opp), Darby End Molyneux Road (adj), Darby End Saltwells Road (adj), Darby End Worcester Road, Darby End Northfield Road (adj), Darby End Thistlegreen Road, Brickhouse Farm Brooksbank Drive, Brickhouse Farm Pennant Road (adj), Brickhouse Farm Garretts Lane (after), Brickhouse Farm Fallowfield Road (opp), Brickhouse Farm Cornfield Road (adj), Brickhouse Farm Knowle Road (before), Brickhouse Farm Doulton Road, Brickhouse Farm Doulton Road (after), Brickhouse Farm Tippity Green (adj), Brickhouse Farm Dudley Road (after), Portway Doricon Trading Estate (opp), Portway Four Way (before), Portway Four Way (adj), Portway Portway Walk (opp), Grace Mary Estate Portway Hill (opp), Grace Mary Estate Hawfield Road (opp), Grace Mary Estate Mary Road, Grace Mary Estate Poplar Road (adj), Tividale Hall Trafalgar Road (opp), Tividale Hall Birch Crescent (opp), Tividale Hall Elm Terrace (opp), Tividale Hall New Birmingham Road (before), Tividale Hall New Birmingham Road (after), Burnt Tree Cavell Road (opp), Burnt Tree Bunns Lane (after), Kates Hill Hillcrest Road (opposite), Kates Hill Wolverton Road (before), Kates Hill (Dudley Citadel (adj) & Dudley Kwik Save (adj) IGo (from WMSNT) Mon-Sat daytime journeys only
Dudley Bus Station Dudley Wood Saltwells Road, Old Hill Old Hill Cross, Brickhouse Farm Pennant Road (adj), Brickhouse Farm Cornfield Road (adj), Grace Mary Estate Portway Hill , Tividale Hall Trafalgar Road & Burnt Tree Bunns Lane Diamond Bus Sun daytimes only
Stand F
4M Walsall Bradford Place Rowley Regis Hospital, Blackheath Oldbury Road, Oldbury Interchange, West Bromwich Bus Station & Stone Cross Hall Green Road National Express West Midlands
X10 Birmingham Colmore Row Old Hill Cross (High Street), Halesowen Bus Station, Quinton Stag, Bearwood Kings Head & Edgbaston Ivy Bush

Of all the services stopping here, only 2 terminates here. These being Diamond bus services 12 & 124. All the other bus services which serve Cradley Heath town centre and the Interchange do not terminate here. Stand A alongside Stand B and Stand C have services travelling towards Merry Hill except for serve 14 which operate to Brierley Hill Library via Merry Hill, Stand D has services operating to Blackheath & Dudley. Stand E has services operating to Birmingham, Dudley, Foxyards Estate (part of Tipton) and Fatherless Barn (part of Halesowen) and Stand F has services operating to Birmingham and Walsall.

External linksEdit

Preceding station 12px National Rail Following station
Old Hill   London Midland
Leamington-Worcester
  Lye
Old Hill   Chiltern Railways
London-Kidderminster
  Lye

Coordinates: 52°28′12″N 2°05′24″W / 52.470°N 2.090°W / 52.470; -2.090

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