The nearby town of Cradley is in Worcestershire but the adjacent Cradley Heath is in Staffordshire. Confusingly the station was originally called Cradley. The station lies between Lye and Old Hill on the Stourbridge to Birmingham Snow Hill line. The station was opened by The Stourbridge Railway on 1st April 1863.
This fascinating photograph which was taken from part way up the new footbridge at Cradley Heath shows the station during rebuilding. Features since removed include the signal box on the Birmingham bound platform, the minimal waiting room on the Stourbridge platform and the other footbridge. Photograph Halcrow Fox, copyright MIAC.
This is Central Trains class 150/2 diesel multiple unit No.150237 on 8th August 2005. The station had recently been rebuilt by Centro. Originally the station platforms were staggered either side of a level crossing but as can be seen they are now located adjacent to each other. Photograph taken by Andrew Smith.
Formed of five carriages is the 13:56 from Kidderminster to Dorridge (train code 2C44,), with three-car class 172 diesel multiple unit No.172335 leading and two-car No.172218 at the rear. Photograph taken by Andrew Smith on Saturday 1st December 2012.
The distinctive architecture is evident in this view of the modern bus/car/rail interchange. The diesel multiple unit is three-car class 150 No.150105 with 57205 leading. Photograph taken by Andrew Smith on 1st September 2001.