Butlers Lane (BUL)

Butlers Lane is a stop on the Northern half of the Cross-City Line between Four Oaks and Blake Street.

Type: National Rail
(Cross-City Line)
Station code: BUL
Opened: 1957
Platforms: 2
Butlers Lane Halt was opened in 1957 by British Railways on a temporary and experimental basis to serve new housing developments in Four Oaks and Mere Green. The station was a success and lost the "Halt" suffix in 1963 when it was decided to keep the station open permanently [1].

The station built with wooden huts to serve as the ticket office (despite being called a halt it was staffed) and shelters on the platforms which were also wooden. The station was closed for about a year from late 1991 to be rebuilt, this coinciding with the electrification of the Cross-City Line. The platforms and ticket office/waiting room were built from brick and stone, the shelters replaced by the standard bus shelter type.

Butlers Lane retains a manned ticket office, though only open part-time. The station is managed by West Midlands Trains.
WMT 323 202 arrives at Butlers Lane

Steps/ramp down to the platform

Station sign

General view of the station, the ticket office is on the right

A Lichfield bound 323 prepares to depart

WMT 323 202 departs

[1] Vic Mitchell, North of Birmingham (Middleton Press, 2014) Fig. 106