silver anniversary of last passenger train through dudley
The following is an extract from a Press Release issued by the Stourbridge Line User Group.
23 February is exactly 25 years since the last passenger train ran along the Stourbridge Junction to Walsall railway line through Dudley Tunnel.
Stourbridge Line User Group Chairman, Rob Hebron said:-
Back in 1991, a group of enthusiasts called the Branch Line Society paid for a special train from London to come to Stourbridge Junction. Then, with one engine on the front and another on the back, they first went to Pensnett Trading Estate, then back to Brettell Lane and north through Dudley, Wednesbury and Walsall.
As recently as January this year, a charter train passed through Stourbridge Junction and was able to run as far as Round Oak, Brierley Hill, proving that a freight line can potentially carry passengers if stations are provided.
Rob Hebron added:-
“The plan now is for trams to run from Brierley Hill, using some sections of the old railway, through Dudley Town Centre, but only as far as Wednesbury. Instead of a missing link at each end, we need trains from Stourbridge all the way to Walsall. By bus, it’s a 90 minute journey, longer in the rush hour, and you need to change buses in Dudley. That’s not attractive for commuting every day. Businesses could draw from a bigger pool of labour if trains were brought back.”
The Stourbridge Line User Group is finalising its response to the West Midlands Rail
Franchise consultation. Although SLUG has identified the Dudley Line as a contender
Rob Hebron concluded: -
22 february 2016