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Dudley Port railway station


Dudley Port railway station in Tipton, West Midlands, England, is on the Stour Valley Line The station, and all trains serving it, are operated by London Midland

Contents

  • 1 Upper Level station
    • 11 History
    • 12 Today's usage
      • 121 Services
  • 2 Low Level station
    • 21 History
    • 22 Midland Metro
    • 23 Reopening
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Upper Level stationedit

Historyedit

The station opened in 1852 The line had 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

As the local industry declined and road transport became more common, the station entered a post-World War II decline

Despite the name, and being located just 16 miles 26 km north-east of the town centre of Dudley which has not had its own railway station since 1964, Dudley Port station is not actually situated within the boundaries of the Borough of Dudley, but rather in the adjacent Sandwell borough The name Dudley Port emerged during the 19th century, due to the extensive number of warehouses and wharves emerging around the Birmingham Canal to serve industries in Dudley The area initially became known as Dudley's Port, before the title Dudley Port was adopted1

Dudley Port Station was originally known as Dudley Port High Level Station, as a Low Level Station was situated on the South Staffordshire line from Dudley to Walsall, which passes beneath

High Level was dropped from the station's name when the Low Level station closed in 1964 as a result of the Beeching Axe

The upper level was revamped in the mid 1980s and officially re-opened by West Midlands County councillor Gordon Morgan in 1989

Today's usageedit

Plaque commemorating the rebuilding of Dudley Port station's upper level in 1989

Servicesedit

Dudley Port is served by London Midland's services between Walsall and Wolverhampton, under a franchise agreement with the Department for Transport

During Monday–Saturday daytime, there is a train every half hour, which calls at all stations between Wolverhampton and Walsall via Birmingham New Street On Sundays, there is typically one train per hour between Birmingham and Wolverhampton only2

Three main London Midland express services call at this station - the first is a morning peak service from Stafford to New Street, the second evening peak service from Birmingham New Street to Shrewsbury and the third is the final service from Birmingham New Street to Crewe

Low Level stationedit

Location
Place Tipton
Area Sandwell
Coordinates 52°30′04″N 1°58′52″W / 52501°N 1981°W / 52501; -1981
Operations
Original company South Staffordshire Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Platforms 2
History
1 April 1850 Opened as Dudley Port railway station
1964 Closed
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Historyedit

There was a Low Level Station on the former South Staffordshire Line that had opened in 1850, which provided a rail connection from Dudley Port to Dudley railway station 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 It closed in June 1964 as passenger services were phased out along the line due to the Beeching Axe and the blue brick station building was demolished three years later, although the railway remained open to goods trains until 1993

The South Staffordshire Line awaiting to be reopened

Midland Metroedit

Phase Two of the Midland Metro will see the line reopening between Walsall, Dudley Port railway station, Dudley railway station and the Merry Hill Shopping Centre for trams on one track and for freight on the other The closed section of the South Staffordshire Line through Dudley is expected to re-open during the 2010s,3 as a combined Midland Metro tramway and a heavy rail line for goods trains The Lower Level station would re-open as a Midland Metro tram stop, sharing its track with goods trains4

Reopeningedit

The Midland Metro is set to be extended from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill, with goods trains running alongside it, with the former South Staffordshire Line being reopened for this use by 2023 A new Midland Metro stop is set to be open on the site of the former Dudley Port Low Level Station


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Midland Metro Line Two Proposed Merry Hill Extension
Legend
Joins existing Line One at Wednesbury
Tame Valley Canal
Golds Hill
Walsall Canal
Great Bridge
Horseley Road
Dudley Port
Birmingham New Main Line Canal under aqueduct
Sedgley Road
Birmingham Old Main Line Canal
Birmingham New Road
Tipton Road
Dudley Town Centre for Dudley Bus station
Flood Street
New Road
Cinderbank
Parkhead Viaduct over Dudley Canal
Pedmore Road
Canal Street
Waterfront
Merry Hill
Brierley Hill
Brettell Lane
Stourbridge
Preceding station National Rail Following station
Sandwell and Dudley   London Midland
Wolverhampton-Birmingham/Walsall
  Tipton
Disused railways
Great Bridge South   Great Western Railway
Later British Rail
BirminghamSnow Hill - Dudley Branch 1866-1964
  Dudley
Great Bridge North   South Staffordshire Railway
Later LNWR, then LMS, finally BR
South Staffs Line 1850-1964
  Dudley

Referencesedit

  1. ^ 1
  2. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 68
  3. ^ http://wwwcentroorguk/Metro/Nov%2003/W-B%20Timetableasp
  4. ^ "Archived copy" Archived from the original on 2012-09-28 Retrieved 2012-11-19 

External linksedit

  • Train times and station information for Dudley Port railway station from National Rail
  • Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands: Dudley Port station
  • Some South Staffordshire Railway Byways – The Darlaston Branch
  • A History of Wednesbury
  • Dudley Port Low Level Station


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