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Plans For New West Midlands Railway Station With £400k Land Deal At Aldridge

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Rail Advent.

This is the two introductory paragraphs.

Plans for a new railway station at Aldridge in the West Midlands have moved on another stage after the West Midlands Combined Authority agreed a £400k investment to purchase the land.

Plans to upgrade train services in the Black Country include new stations at Darlaston and Willenhall along with Aldridge.

I predicted this station could be built in Green Light For Revived West Midlands Passenger Service.

The Location Of The Station

This Google Map shows a possible location of the new Aldridge station.

Note

  1. The Sutton Park Line is double track and not electrified.
  2. The road running South of the railway is called Station Road, which is a bit of a giveaway, as to the location of the former station.
  3. There is a crossover visible in the image,

The Rail Advent article says this about the location, of the station.

The land needed for the station in owned by the NHS and is situated next to the Anchor Meadow Health Centre, designs are still being worked on, but are expected to include a 150 space car park

The Anchor Meadow Health Centre is on the North side of the railway, marked by a red arrow and surrounded by an access road.

  • It could have a single platform, alongside the Health Centre.
  • There would be no need for an expensive bridge.

The station could be designed to be converted into a two-platform station if a full service were to be run on the Sutton Park Line at a future date.

Battery-Electric Operation

Consider.

  • Aldridge station is probably no more than about five miles from Walsall station and its electrification.
  • The extended service from Birmingham New Street and Walsall cstations could be run by a battery-electric train.
  • West Midlands Trains have ordered Class 730 trains, which can be fitted with batteries.

From my experience of talking to passengers, who have regularly used battery trains, I believe they attract passengers, because of their lack of noise and pollution.

May 23, 2021 - Posted by | Transport | , ,

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