The Anonymous Widower

A Plea For A Shropshire Metro

Shrewsbury station is not one of the best stations, as I remarked in Passing Through Shrewsbury Station.

Clean toilets and a Starbucks doth not a station make!

I was drawn to this letter in the Shropshire Star, which was entitled Better rail investment would reduce problems on the roads.

The writer details some of the problems on the five rail lines that meet at Shrewsbury, which they start with this paragraph about the lack of parkway stations.

Shropshire, in particular, could benefit enormously from reopening old stations in the form of parkways or even  parkways near to where stations used to be. Thus the five lines running into Shrewsbury are badly serving the public except the one from Crewe which does still have small stations, utilised occasionally but could be improved by upgrading to parkways and additions.

The writer also says that Hereford is just as bad.

This map shows the lines meeting at Shresbury.

shrewsburylines

The lines meeting at Shrewsbury station are as follows.

There certainly were a lot more stations in the past.

But it does appear that some new stations are in the pipeline.

Adnaston

Admaston is a possible reopened station on the Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton Line.

Baschurch

Baschurch is a possible reopened station on the Chester to Shrewsbury Line.

Cefn

Cefn is a possible reopened station on the Shrewsbury to Chester Line.

Hadnall is a possible reopened station on the Welsh Marches Line.

Johnstown

Johnstown is a possible reopened station on the Shrewsbury to Chester Line.

Meole Brace

Meole Brace is a possible new station in Shrewsbury.

Conclusion

It looks like the letter writer’s plea has been answered.

Putting four trains per hour on all of the routes from the centre at Shrewsbury would probably create a more than acceptable system.

It looks like the trains would have to be diesels, as I can’t see much electrification in this area.

But who knows what will happen, if someone develops a fast charge system  for a hybrid/battery train, that could be implemented at Chester, Hereford, Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton?

February 18, 2017 - Posted by | Travel | ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] Admaston is a possible reopened station on the Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton Line. See A Plea For A Shropshire Metro. […]

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