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Wednesbury
Wednesbury
Town railway station was a station on the South Staffordshire Line.

Contents

1 History 2 Since closure 3 Midland Metro 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] It was opened in 1850. The station was built and served by the South Staffordshire Railway, which later became London, Midland and Scottish Railway (through amalgamation of the London and North Western Railway). The line had reasonable passenger usage until about the early 1880s, when it began to slump at several stations, leading to the line becoming a largely freight only operation in 1887. It would remain open for goods traffic, which was considerable at this time, as the district had become highly industrialised in the then heyday of the Black Country's industrial past.

A picture of Wednesbury
Wednesbury
Town railway station in 2003.

The rail crossing outside closed Wednesbury
Wednesbury
Town station in 2011.

As the local industry declined and road transport became more common, the station entered a post- World War II
World War II
decline. The station was known as Wednesbury
Wednesbury
until it was renamed Wednesbury
Wednesbury
'town' in 1950 as part of nationalisation. British Rail
British Rail
closed the station through the Beeching Axe
Beeching Axe
in 1964 due to decline in freight and passenger custom. While the electrification of the West Coast Main Line
West Coast Main Line
was underway the former GWR line did see a large increase in its traffic and a reopening of the station appear likely, but once the West Coast Main Line had been re-reopened the diverted trains were removed and the additional services quickly reduced. The last Paddington
Paddington
to Birkenhead express train ran on the line in March 1967, and after 1970 it was normally only used by goods trains. The station buildings were demolished shortly after their closure, but the platform remains intact more than 50 years later. The signal box was still in use when the Walsall-Round Oak section of the line closed in March 1993, but it was destroyed by arsonists in 1995. The level crossing was fenced off around the same time in order for the Midland Metro to be built across the line nearby, although the fence was later vandalized and the line between Wednesbury
Wednesbury
and Great Bridge is often used a route for pedestrians and dog walkers. Since closure[edit] The station ruins were fenced off and partly built over by a growing Biffa waste disposal plant by 2010. The plant has been built during the 1990s in one of the station car parks, while the buildings of several small enterprises occupy the other side. Midland Metro[edit] A £1,100,000/15-year-long regeneration project will see the station become part of the local tram network with the line reopening between Walsall, Dudley Port railway station, Dudley railway station
Dudley railway station
and the Merry Hill Shopping Centre
Merry Hill Shopping Centre
for trams on one track and for freight on the other. The freighters would continue on part Brettell Lane railway station and on to the mainline at Stourbridge Junction.[1] In March 2011, the business plan for the reopening of the line between Stourbridge and Walsall
Walsall
was submitted to Network Rail. Trams would run along the South Staffordshire line through Wednesbury
Wednesbury
and Dudley, sharing the line with freight trains.[2]. Andy Street pledged in his mayoral campaign to reopen the line, however there is still no timeline. [3]

Preceding station Disused railways Following station

Walsall   South Staffordshire Railway Later LNWR, then LMS, finally BR South Staffs Line (1850-1964)   Great Bridge North

References[edit]

^ Chadwick, Edward (25 November 2010). "Plans for 1.1 bn West Midlands Metro system unveiled". Birmingham
Birmingham
Post. Archived from the original on 25 December 2010.  ^ "Stourbridge to Walsall
Walsall
train-tram plan is on the right lines". Stourbridge News. 23 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2017.  ^ url=http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/walsall-stourbridge-trains-run-again-12592078

External links[edit]

Rail Around Birmingham
Birmingham
and the West Midlands: Wednesbury
Wednesbury
Town railway station [1] [2]

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