Alvechurch (ALV)

Alvechurch is the penultimate stop on the Worcestershire end of the Cross-City Line before reaching Redditch.

Type: National Rail
(Cross-City Line)
Station code: ALV
Opened: 1859
Platforms: 2
The station was opened by the Redditch Railway and operated by the Midland Railway in 1859. It was later owned by the London Midland & Scottish Railway and then British Railways. In 1962 services beyond Redditch ceased and Alvechurch was threatened with closure under Beeching.

However the station survived though with a poor service until the station became part of the West Midlands PTE and became part of the Cross-City Line in 1980. The platform was moved to the North when the line was electrified in 1993. Nowadays the station is managed by West Midlands Trains.

The line from Barnt Green to Redditch is largely single track and Alvechurch had a just single platform until the addition of a passing loop at Alvechurch (and the construction of a second platform) in 2014 to enable a greater frequency of service to Redditch. This required also the addition of a footbridge.
WMT 323 202 arrives with a Redditch bound service

Look down the line towards Redditch

Station view from the entrance

Footbridge has lift access

Station sign

WMT 323 210 arrives with a Lichfield bound service