Blake Street (BKT)

Blake Street is a stop on the North side of the Cross-City Line in Birmingham, serving Hill Hook to the North of Sutton Coldfield. It is located on the border between the West Midlands and Staffordshire and is the furthest you can go with a Network WM railcard or pass.

Type: National Rail
(Cross-City Line)
Station code: BKT
Opened: 1884
Platforms: 2
The station was opened by the London & North Western Railway in 1884 as part of the extension of the Birmingham New Street to Sutton Coldfield line to Lichfield City. Blake Street (which is named after the road that runs across just to the North of the station - it is where the county border is too) was built with a goods yard and cattle pens, both being down from station towards Birmingham. The goods yard was closed in 1964 [1]. The station became part of the Cross-City Line in 1978. The station was electrified along with the rest of the line in 1992.

Trains can terminate at Blake Street though that happens rarely now. Access between the platforms is via a subway, there being a manned ticket office at the end of the subway on the Birmingham side. Each platform is also accessible from ground level via ramps.
LM 323 215 departs with a Lichfield bound service

Waiting room on the Birmingham platform

Subway between platforms, the ticket office is at the end
Bus shelter on the Lichfield platform

Looking down the line towards Lichfield

LM 323 218 on another Lichfield bound service

[1] Vic Mitchell, North of Birmingham (Middleton Press, 2014) Fig. 109