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Black Lake Tunnel

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Black Lake Tunnel is a 412-yard railway tunnel on the West Bromwich and Wednesbury border, in England


  • 1 Past
  • 2 Present
  • 3 Location
    • 31 Coordinates


The tunnel was built by the Great Western Railway for trains travelling between Snow Hill station in Birmingham and Low Level station in Wolverhampton, and was one of two tunnels on that route, the other being Hockley Tunnel

The next stops after the Black Lake tunnel northbound was Wednesbury and Southbound was Swan Village, West Bromwich Central

It fell out of use with the closure of the line in March 1972


In 1999, the line to Wolverhampton was re-opened as a light-rail tram line, the Midland Metro, with the addition of overhead electrification There are tram stops at either end of the pair of tunnels

The Metro side of the tunnel is illuminated, to enable tram drivers to see the track ahead The next stop northbound is Wednesbury Great Western Street tram stop, this used to be GWR Wednesbury Central Station Southbound is Black Lake tram stop


The tunnel runs under open ground, and Hawthorn New Street, near its junction with the appropriately named Tunnel Street


Point Coordinates
North portal 52°32′19″N 2°00′57″W / 5253872°N 201588°W / 5253872; -201588 North portal
Approx midpoint 52°32′14″N 2°00′53″W / 5253719°N 201485°W / 5253719; -201485 Approx mid-pointCoordinates: 52°32′14″N 2°00′53″W / 5253719°N 201485°W / 5253719; -201485 Approx mid-point
South portal 52°32′08″N 2°00′49″W / 5253564°N 201371°W / 5253564; -201371 South portal

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