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Dudley railway station

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Dudley Railway Station was a passenger railway station located at Dudley, England, built where the Oxford-Worcester-Wolverhampton Line and the South Staffordshire Line diverged to Wolverhampton and Walsall and Lichfield respectively

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Closure
  • 3 Closure and future development
  • 4 Historic imagery of the site
  • 5 References
  • 6 Further reading
  • 7 External links

Historyedit

The station was built as a collaboration between the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway which was soon to fall into the hands of the Great Western Railway, and the London and North Western Railway which had taken control of the South Staffordshire Railway – the company that had constructed the line from Lichfield, via Walsall, to Dudley The latter eventually became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway The station was completed in 18603

A racecourse had been situated just north of the station until the mid-1840s when it was closed to make way for the railway, but its name was revived during the 1980s when Racecourse Colliery, a model colliery, was opened on the site as part of the Black Country Living Museum4

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

As the local industry declined and road transport became more common, the station entered a post-World War 2 decline, although not as heavily as most others on the line

Closureedit

The station was popular with local people who appreciated its convenient locations and frequent trains, with high numbers of passengers still using the services as recently as the 1950s The OW&WR line from Stourbridge Junction to Wolverhampton Low Level closed to passengers in 1962, but Dudley remained as a terminus for trains from Walsall on the South Staffordshire Line, Old Hill on the Bumble Hole Line and Birmingham Snow Hill until the Beeching Axe had its effect in 1964 despite of the station's high passenger turnover at the time

The South Staffordshire Line's uses were complicated, since some trains terminated at Dudley from Lichfield and Walsall, and some continued through to Stourbridge Junction Similarly, the same applied with the journey in reverse

Closure and future developmentedit

The buildings of Dudley Station remained open for parcels until early 1967,5 when they were knocked down and replaced by Dudley Freightliner Terminal It was one of the first of its kind in Britain

The Freightliner Terminal closed in 1989, and the line passing through Dudley closed to all traffic in 1993 Over the next 23 years, the railway and former station and freightliner terminal sites became increasingly overgrown with vegetation, although this was cleared in early 2017 to make way for the planned re-opening of the line to the Midland Metro and goods trains

Since 1986, there have been plans to redevelop the station to become part of the local Midland Metro tram network, with the line reopening between Wednesbury, Dudley Port, Dudley, and the Merry Hill Shopping Centre, with trams on one track and freight on the other After 30 years of delays and difficulties in securing funding, the scheme got the go-ahead from the government in the autumn of 2016, with clearance of vegetation and the remaining track getting underway early in 2017 and full scale work would begin around two years later, with the line being open by 20236

In December 2014, plans separate from the Midland Metro proposals were unveiled to re-open the stretch of line from Dudley railway station to Dudley Port, providing a light rail link to the West Coast Main Line If the plans went ahead, it would be the first time Dudley town centre would be served by passenger rail since 19647

Historic imagery of the siteedit

Referencesedit

  1. ^ http://wwwdisused-stationsorguk/d/dudley/indexshtml
  2. ^ Butt, R V J 1995 The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present 1st ed Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd p 83 ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7 OCLC 60251199 
  3. ^ "Dudley Railway Station, Dudley" Black Country History Retrieved 31 March 2017 
  4. ^ "Racecourse Colliery" Black County Living Museum Retrieved 31 March 2017 
  5. ^ Whittaker, Nicholas, Platform Souls, Gollancz 1995 / Icon 2015, Chapter Two
  6. ^ "Midland Metro extension work across the Black Country 'will begin next year'" Express & Star 3 October 2016 Retrieved 31 March 2017 
  7. ^ "New £20m rail link between Sandwell and Dudley" Express & Star 1 December 2014 Retrieved 9 December 2014 

Further readingedit

  • Mitchell, Vic; Smith, Keith 2007 Stourbridge to Wolverhampton West Sussex: Middleton Press figs 78-90 ISBN 9781906008161 OCLC 261924375 

External linksedit

  • Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands: Dudley railway station
  • Parker, Bev "A history of Wednesbury" Wolverhampton History & Heritage Website Archived from the original on 30 September 2012 
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Terminus   Great Western Railway
Later British Rail
Bumble Hole 1878-1964
  Blowers Green
Dudley Port   Great Western Railway
Later British Rail
Birmingham Snow Hill-Wolverhampton Line - Dudley Branch 1852-1964
  Terminus
Tipton Five Ways   Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway
Later Great Western Railway, then British Rail
Oxford-Worcester-Wolverhampton 1852-1962
  Blowers Green
Dudley Port
or
Terminus
  South Staffordshire Railway
Later LNWR, then LMS, finally BR
South Staffs Line inc Dudley-Stourbridge Junction to 1962 1852-1964
  Blowers Green
or
Terminus

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