dudley line latest news

News has reached us that the West Midlands Combined Authority’s HS2 Connectivity Package, which lists the projects that need to be implemented by 2026 to enable West Midlands passengers to access HS2 quickly (either at Curzon Street or UK Central), has been revised with a few projects removed because they would be impossible to complete in the timescale and a few new projects added.

One of the new projects added is a passenger rail service from Stourbridge to Canal Street (Harts Hill) where a station would provide interchange with the new Metro line from Brierley Hill to Wednesbury.  At present, there is no detail about this proposal - the proposed opening date, whether it would be heavy rail or tram/train and where (if at all) intermediate stations/stops would be situated.  However, it is good news that this project is now proposed in the shorter term, rather than the original timescale of well after 2029.  SLUG will keep you updated as it receives further details.

Work has also started to clear the route of the Metro line with the area around the old Dudley station reappearing from under 25 years of vegetation.  The following pairs of photographs show the situation in the area - the left hand photo of each pair showing the scene on 23 February 2012 and the right hand one showing the scene on 13 February 2017.  A larger version of each photograph, with a description, may be viewed by clicking on an individual photograph.

16 february 2017