Station Name: MONUMENT LANE (2nd)

[Source: Terry Callaghan]


Date opened: 1886
Location: Directly beneath Ladywood Middleway A4540
Company on opening: London & North Western Railway
Date closed to passengers: 17.11.1958
Date closed completely: 17.11.1958
Company on closing: British Railways (London Midland Region)
Present state: Demolished
County: Warwickshire
OS Grid Ref: SP052871
Date of visit: 14.5.2014

Notes: The Stour Valley line was authorised under the London & Birmingham Railway & Canals Act of 1846. The increased threat of the new railway lines had made the canal owners wish to have a say in the construction and ownership of the fledgling rail network. On 18 July 1846 the London & Birmingham Railway (L&B), Grand Junction Railway (GJR) and Manchester and Birmingham Railway (MBR) merged to form the London & North Western Railway (LNWR). It would be this newly formed company which would go on to construct the Stour Valley line ensuring a more direct connection between the cities of Birmingham and Wolverhampton. Construction started in 1848 and the line was completed on 21 November 1851, with goods trains running from 1 February 1852. Passenger services began between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton on 1 July 1852 from a temporary platform at New Street, as the station was still under construction and would not be fully operational until 1 June 1854.

The second station was sited directly below the Icknield Street overbridge and comprised a single island platform situated between the up and down Stour Valley lines. Access to the platform was via steps directly from the street, and all buildings were at platform level. The main single-storey timber building was functional and unadorned, and the roof with a low-angled pitch extended on both sides to provide awnings; these carried deep valances with a simple scalloped pattern. A small timber shed with a pitched roof stood immediately north-west of the main building. The station would continue in its role as a ‘ticket platform’ for Birmingham New Street and by 1895 Bradshaw was showing there 51 up (Birmingham direction) services on Monday-to-Friday, with 50 on Saturday and 6 on Sunday. The vast majority of the weekday services terminated at Birmingham New Street, although nine continued through to London Euston. On Sunday three of the services terminated at New Street, with three continuing to Euston. In the down direction, the 1895 timetable shows 47 services on weekdays with destinations such as Chester, Crewe, Tipton and Wolverhampton. The largest proportion of down services was shown to Harborne, with a total of 19 on weekdays, giving rise to the station’s honorary title of the ’fifth station of the Harborne Branch’.

Up services December 1895 Destination Down services December 1895 Destination
6.55am Birmingham New Street 5.55am Chester
7.05am London Euston 6.59am Wolverhampton
7.46am Birmingham New Street 7.19am Harborne
8.01am Birmingham New Street 7.44am Soho Road
8.21am Birmingham New Street 7.59am Harborne
8.36am Birmingham New Street 8.09am Wolverhampton
8.46am Birmingham New Street 8.19am Wolverhampton via Bescot
8.55am Birmingham New Street 8.39am Wolverhampton
9.06am Birmingham New Street 9.12am Wolverhampton
9.12am Birmingham New Street 9.24am Harborne
9.21am Birmingham New Street 9.45am Wolverhampton via Bescot
9.30am Birmingham New Street 9.55am Crewe
9.54am Birmingham New Street 10.19am Harborne
10.40am Birmingham New Street 10.25am Dudley
10.51am Birmingham New Street 11.10am Wolverhampton
10.56am Birmingham New Street 12.09pm Wolverhampton
11.05am Birmingham New Street 12.19pm Harborne
11.31am London Euston 12.49pm Soho Road
11.50am Birmingham New Street 12.59pm Harborne
12.51pm Birmingham New Street 1.09pm Wolverhampton
1.01pm Birmingham New Street 1.19pm SX Harborne
1.10pm Birmingham New Street 1.20pm SO Harborne
1.36pm Birmingham New Street 2.11pm Wolverhampton
1.53pm Birmingham New Street 2.19pm Harborne
2.12pm Birmingham New Street 3.00pm Tipton
2.21pm SX Birmingham New Street 3.19pm Harborne
2.50pm Birmingham New Street 3.24pm Wolverhampton via Bescot
3.01pm Birmingham New Street 3.49pm Wolverhampton
3.33pm London Euston 4.24pm Harborne
3.56pm Birmingham New Street 5.09pm Wolverhampton
4.00pm Birmingham New Street 5.19pm Harborne
4.06pm Birmingham New Street 6.04pm Harborne
4.41pm Birmingham New Street 6.15pm Wolverhampton
4.56pm Birmingham New Street 6.29pm Harborne
5.18pm London Euston 6.45pm Wolverhampton
5.30pm London Euston 6.54pm Soho Road
5.42pm Birmingham New Street 7.19pm Harborne
5.51pm Birmingham New Street 8.01pm Chester
6.26pm Birmingham New Street 8.19pm Harborne
6.31pm London Euston 9.19pm Harborne
7.01pm Birmingham New Street 9.29pm Wolverhampton
7.40pm Birmingham New Street 9.44pm Soho Road
8.01pm Birmingham New Street 10.04pm Harborne
8.20pm Birmingham New Street 10.40pm Dudley
8.56pm Birmingham New Street 10.49pm Harborne
9.10pm Birmingham New Street 10.59pm Soho Road
9.25pm Birmingham New Street 11.20pm Chester
10.01pm Birmingham New Street 11.34pm Harborne
10.33pm Birmingham New Street    
10.56pm Birmingham New Street    
11.22pm London Euston    

At the time of grouping on 1 January 1923, Monument Lane would come under the control of the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS). With the closure of the Harborne Branch in 1934 the level of service was drastically reduced with the station losing around 20 trains per day in each direction. During the final year of the LMS control in 1947, the timetable shows 12 services on Monday-to-Friday, 15 on Saturday and three on Sunday in the Birmingham direction (up). In the down direction there were 11 services on Monday-to-Friday, 12 on Saturday and four on Sunday. On 1 January 1948 the station came under the control of the London Midland Region of British Railways (BR). The service under BR actually improved in the Wolverhampton (down) direction, with the 1956 LMS timetable showing 17 services on Monday-to-Friday with 15 on Saturday. In the opposite direction the level was pretty much the same as it was in 1947 with 11 services on Monday-to-Friday and 12 on Saturday. The most notable change was the withdrawal of the sparse Sunday service. It seems that BR did not install totem name signs at the station.

Up services 11 June to 16 September 1956 Destination Down services 11 June to 16 September 1956 Destination
6.24am SX Coventry 6.34am Stafford
6.24am SO Birmingham New Street 7.19am Stafford
6.36am SX Birmingham New Street 8.24am SX Walsall
7.29am Birmingham New Street 8.29am SO Walsall
8.04am Birmingham New Street 8.39am Wolverhampton
8.46am Birmingham New Street 10.30am Wolverhampton
8.46am Rugeley Trent Valley 12.19pm SO Wolverhampton
9.28am Birmingham New Street 1.09pm Wolverhampton
1.05pm Birmingham New Street 4.04pm Wolverhampton
1.39pm SX Birmingham New Street 5.05pm SX Wolverhampton
1.47pm SO Birmingham New Street 5.09pm SO Wolverhampton
2.59pm Rugeley Trent Valley 5.57pm SX Stafford
5.00pm Birmingham New Street 5.57pm SO Wolverhampton
5.37pm Rugeley Trent Valley 6.29pm Stafford
6.12pm SX Birmingham New Street 7.44pm SX Wolverhampton
6.40pm SO Birmingham New Street 7.49pm SO Wolverhampton
6.42pm SX Birmingham New Street    
7.12pm Birmingham New Street    
7.36pm Birmingham New Street    
7.52pm SO Birmingham New Street    
11.15pm SX Birmingham New Street    
11.20pm SO Birmingham New Street    

By the late 1950s the writing was on the wall for the station, with competition from buses and the affordability of the private motor car. BR announced the station would close during 1958 and there seems to have been little notable opposition to the closure. Monument Lane closed on 17 November 1958 and would be quickly demolished.

Today there is little evidence of a station ever being at this location, with the Icknield Street overbridge having been widened to form Ladywood Middleway, wiping away any trace of the station entrance. A swathe of land is still apparent between the up main and the through siding where the platform once stood, which is the only evidence of note that a station was ever here.

Sources:

  • Bradshaw's Rail Times for Great Britain and Ireland December 1895.
  • British Railways Passenger Services Timetable 11 June to 16 September 1956
  • A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain - Volume 7 The West Midlands - Rex Christiansen - David St John Thomas Publisher 1991
  • A Century of Railways around Birmingham and the West Midlands - John Boynton - Mid England Books Publisher 1999
  • Railway Passenger Station in Great Britain - A Chronology - Michael Quick - Railway & Canal Historical Society 2009

See also:

Monument Lane (1st), Icknield Port Road (1st), Icknield Port Road (2nd), Rotton Park Road, Hagley Road & Harborne


An LNWR 1F 0-6-0 tank engine makes a smokey start from the station on a local working.
P
hoto from the John McCann Collection


The station seen on the 1889 1:500 town plan the lines running into the coal wharf can be seen to the bottom right.

The 1955 OS 1:2500 map shows the close proximity of the Birmingham Canal to the station site.

An LNWR Webb 1P class 2-4-2T No 46757 was given the honour of hauling the first passenger service in 16 years along the Harborne branch and is seen here on 23 June 1950 at Monument Lane.
P
hoto by W A Camwell


LMS Derby built Royal Scot class 4-6-0 heads a lengthy express at the Birmingham end of the platform during June 1955. The extensive coal wharf sidings can be seen to the right of the train.
Photo by D J Norton


A lengthy mineral train is seen at the west end of the station during June 1955 about to pass through on the up goods it would probably run into the coal wharf sidings. To the right Monument Lane carriage sidings shed can be seen latterly used to stable DMU sets.
Photo by D J Norton


The station seen in 1959, following closure the signage and platform canopies have been removed.


Viewed from the opposite side after closure the timber buildings and platforms would be demolished shortly after.
Copyright photo from Stations UK


The station site today seen from the Ladywood Middleway overbridge on 14 May 2014. A Class 170 unit working towards Birmingham New Street is passing the site of the platform which is marked by the unoccupied seathe of land to its right.
Photo by Terry Callaghan


Looking towards Biringham from platform level the line closest to the camera is the up through siding which, although wired looks to see little use. The line would have been the up main in days gone by with the line to the right being the down main.
Photo by Terry Callaghan

 

 

 

[Source: Terry Callaghan]




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