The Shakespeare Line
Welcome to this website, which is provided by the voluntary Shakespeare Line Promotion Group >>
We aim to promote travel along The Shakespeare Line - the railway line between the City of Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon.
We provide here an introduction to the railway line together with an insight into the wide range of features and attractions available along the line.
Stations along this line serve the City’s shopping and business districts, urban suburbs, market towns, rural communities and Stratford-upon-Avon’s international visitor centre and facilities. More >>
A range of website links are provided to give more detailed information. So just follow the links for train times, fares, operations, venues, attractions, visitor and area information etc.
All information on this site is provided in good faith, but no liability whatsoever can be accepted for its accuracy. Neither can any liability be accepted for the content of other websites to which links are provided.
The AGM of the Shakespeare Line Promotion Group will be held at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden, on Wednesday 24 May, at 7.30 pm. The guest speakers will be Robin Coombes, Development Director for Vintage Trains Ltd, Tyseley, and Brenda Lawrence, Head of Snow Hill Lines at London Midland. Robin will set out the vision for Vintage Trains that he and Chairman Michael Whitehouse are currently promoting. The plans aim to develop Tyseley’s historic Great Western locomotive depot securing engineering, operating and business skills for future generations. Central to the plans and vision is the potential and significant expansion of steam services along the Shakespeare Line between Birmingham and Stratford and Vintage Trains are looking towards the SLPG to potentially play a significant part in these exciting plans. Robin will tell us more at the AGM. Brenda will be familiar to many SLPG members and will update us on developments on the Snow Hill Lines. Thanks to a bequest from our late President, Derek Mayman, everyone attending the meeting will be treated to a free piece of cake! We look forward to seeing as many members and indeed others who would like to come along for the evening.
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 from the machines. French and German language options have also been added, in response to a suggestion by the SLPG.
Healthy growth in passenger numbers
14 December 2016 - The Office of Rail & Road has released usage figures for the Shakespeare Line. Click here to see them.
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
November 2016: The following bus services currently serve Stratford-upon-Avon (town) station:
City Sightseeing services and services nos. 19 (to West Green Drive), 26 (in the direction of Alcester, Studley and Redditch) and 229 (to Wilmcote, Bearley and Snitterfield) use stop A.
Services 1 to Moreton-in-Marsh via Chipping Campden and Broadway), 2 (to Moreton-in-Marsh via Chipping Camden) , 3 (to Banbury via Shipston-on-Stour) and 4 (to Trinity Mead) depart from stop B. All these services run via Stratford town centre.
Service 5 (Town circular via the Maybird Centre) departs from stop G.
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.
Stops A and B are on Alcester Road, up the steps from the station forecourt. All other stops are in the station forecourt.
Shakespeare Line Promotion Group
The Shakespeare Line Promotion Group is a member of Railfuture.
The Group aims to :
- encourage the use of Birmingham and Stratford-upon-Avon railway
- promote the line's benefits to residents and visitors
- monitor operational standards of trains and stations
- liaise closely with Train Operating Companies, Government, Councils, and Regulatory Authorities
- promote further development of The Shakespeare Line as a major transport asset for the Birmingham, Solihull and Warwickshire areas
- promote the proposed extension from Stratford to Long Marston - Avon Rail Link >>
London Midland Newsletter
20 April 2017: The latest London MIdland Newsletter is available here.
July 2016: Stratford-upon-Avon District Council has adopted the long-awaited Core Strategy, which is of importance to the potential reinstatement of the Stratford-Honeybourne route. The Inspector’s Report contains a considerable amount on this topic. It can be found here.
Pages 73-76 (paragraphs 247-258) refer.
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The Stations & Route
Birmingham Snow Hill (BSH)
Birmingham Moor Street (BMO)
Small Heath (SMA)
Spring Road (SRI)
Hall Green (HLG) 105 parking spaces, including 8 disabled
Yardley Wood (YRD) 100 parking spaces, including 4 disabled
Shirley (SRL) 79 parking spaces, including 5 disabled
Whitlocks End (WTE) 300+ parking spaces
Earlswood (EWD) 12 parking spaces
The Lakes (TLK)
Wood End (WDE) 6 parking spaces (extension under discussion)
Danzey (DZY) 10 parking spaces including 3 disabled
Henley-in-Arden (HNL) 62 parking spaces including 12 disabled
Wootton Wawen (WWW)
Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway (STY) 295 parking spaces
Stratford-upon-Avon (SAV) 320 parking spaces, including 7 disabled
The numbers of parking spaces are provided in good faith, but the Shakespeare Line Promotion Group cannot accept any liability whatsoever for their accuracy. The number of spaces may vary due to construction/improvement work. Charges are made for parking at some stations.
National Rail Enquiries
For train information, please visit the train operators' websites:
Birmingham - Stratford & other Snow Hill Lines
London Midland >>
Stratford & Birmingham to Warwick & London
Birmingham - Henley - Stratford Heritage Steam Train Service - Summer Sundays only
The Shakespeare Express - Vintage Trains >>
For details of steam-hauled and other excursions throughout the UK, please visit our News and Notices page.