Cotswold and Malvern
The Cotswold and Malvern Line has services provided mainly by GWR. The line is promoted by the Cotswold Line Promotion Group (a founder member of the Worcestershire CRP).
The line provides InterCity services between Great Malvern, Worcester and Evesham to Oxford, Reading and London as well as commuter services into Worcester. From a visitor viewpoint, it gives access to the Malvern Hills, the historic city of Worcester, and the market towns of Pershore and Evesham.
The line from Hagley to Hartlebury forms part of the route from Great Malvern through Worcester to the West Midlands.
Take a journey through the rolling picturesque countryside, on your way into the heart of Worcestershire.
Uncover the Doomsday Book recorded villages of Hagley and Blakedown, the many visitor attractions at Kidderminster, the unique castle and beautiful nature trails of Hartlebury before finally arriving at the historic town of Droitwich Spa.
The Saltway line from Droitwich Spa to Barnt Green forms part of the route from Great Malvern, through Worcester, to Birmingham. Running through an area of outstanding beauty in the Lickey Hills.
Starting in the historic spa town of Droitwich with its unique inland open-air saltwater swimming pool and renown food festivals and then onwards to the traditional market town of Bromsgrove with its Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings.
Onwards up the steepest and longest mainline railway climb through the Lickey Hills to Barnt Green. Stop here to visit and enjoy the Lickey Hills Country Park, ideal for walkers, dog lovers and boasts a children’s adventure playground. A stroll into the village and you’ll discover fantastic places to eat and relax.
The line from Barnt Green to Redditch is part of the CrossCity South commuter network in the West Midlands (the stretch from Bromsgrove to Barnt Green also carries regional services from Hereford to Birmingham New Street). Services are provided by West Midlands Railway.
The interests of rail users are looked after by the Bromsgrove And Redditch Rail User Partnership (BARRUP), a founder member of the CRP.
Both the CrossCity South have large commuter traffic as well as significant off-peak travel loadings. Key features of the routes are the Lickey Incline from Bromsgrove to Barnt Green, access to the Lickey Hills from Barnt Green, the canal features at Alvechurch, and the needle manufacturing history of Redditch. View our video of the Barnt Green to Redditch line.
Wythall on the
Wythall sits on the Shakespeare Line which runs from Birmingham to Stratford upon Avon.
All the stations on the line have been adopted by the Friends of the Shakespeare Line.