The Stourbridge Line User Group has campaigned for many years for the restoration of a rail passenger service from Stourbridge Junction to Dudley and beyond.
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In Spring 2012, SLUG officer Roger Davis photographed the route of the line to ascertain the state of the trackbed after nearly 20 years out of use. Photographs at various points along the line can be viewed by clicking on the locations below.
He revisited some sites in March 2017 to view the progress in clearing the trackbed. At locations where comparable photographs were taken, these will flip between the two every 4 seconds.
A full sized version of any photograph can be viewed by clicking on that photograph.
Over the next few years, we will revisit the line to photograph progress as work continues to restore a rail link over the line between Wednesbury and Stourbridge Junction.
Since the start of 2016, a lot of progress has been made which hopefully should see passenger rail services restored over the entire line from Stourbridge Junction to Wednesbury, albeit in two sections. Between Brierley Hill and Wednesbury, work has already been carried out to clear vegetation to prepare the route for a Metro line to be constructed, subject to a grant from the Government. On Monday 20 November 2017, the Government announced that the funds to build the line had been granted to the West Midlands Combined Authority, and work is scheduled to start in 2018, with the line from Wednesbury to Dudley due to open in 2022 and the section from Dudley to Brierley Hill due to open in 2023. The line will follow the heavy rail route from Wednesbury to Tipton Road and from Cinder Bank to Harts Hill (Canal Street), with the other sections diverting from this route through Dudley Town Centre and from Harts Hill to The Waterfront, Merry Hill and Brierley Hill.
Stourbridge Line User Group have always held the opinion that this Metro line was of little use to passengers in the Stourbridge and Worcestershire areas without the section from Canal Street or Brierley Hill to Stourbridge Junction being reinstated. On 14 August 2017, West Midlands Trains, the operators of the new heavy rail franchise from 10 December 2017, announced that they have aspirations to extend services from the Birmingham area that currently terminate at Stourbridge Junction to a new station in Brierley Hill. The intended opening date for this extension is December 2019, although this seems a tight schedule given that Network Rail will be involved. A second extension to a Rail/Metro interchange station at Harts Hill (Canal Street) is also proposed to open with the Metro in 2023, to fill the gap and provide through services, albeit with a change at Canal Street.
It remains to be seen how these proposals progress. However, SLUG has added two pages to the website which will be updated regularly as we receive news on progress. Each page may be accessed by clicking on the appropriate photograph below.
brierley hill to wednesbury
23 November 2017
west midlands railway
stourbridge jct to brierley hill
23 November 2017