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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/Travel | , , | Leave a comment

Green Light For Revived West Midlands Passenger Service

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

This is the introductory paragraph.

Passenger trains are set to return to the line between Walsall and Wolverhampton, having been withdrawn 12 years ago. Since then, the line has been used for freight.

These points are made about the proposed service.

The West Midlands Mayor; Andy Street is quoted as saying he’s pleased with the scheme.

And well might he be!

This to me is a classic reopening scheme.

  • There is a fully-electrified freight route, that runs between Walsall and Wolverhampton.
  • There used to be three intermediate stations; Darlaston James Bridge, Willenhall Bilston Lane and Portobello.
  • The first two intermediate stations closed in 1965 and the last in 1973.
  • Network Rail have said, it will be possible to run the extra trains needed.
  • The direct Walsall and Wolverhampton service will complete an hourly or better triangular service between Birmingham, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
  • This triangular route is also fully-electrified.
  • If extra rolling stock is needed, there are quite a few suitable electric multiple units, that are sitting in sidings or will be replaced by new trains in the next couple of years.

Except for the building of the new intermediate stations, nothing would appear to be high cost.

The project must have a high benefit cost ratio.

A Possible Extension From From Walsall To Aldridge

In the Wikipedia entry for Walsall station, this is said.

There are also plans to reopen a terminus single platform at Aldridge for trains to Birmingham New Street via Walsall but not to Sutton Coldfield and Water Orton.

This service would be on part of the freight-only Sutton Park Line between Walsall and Water Orton stations and is regularly used by freight trains avoiding Birmingham New Street station.

This Google Map shows the Sutton Park Line through Aldridge.

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.
  3. There is a xrossover visible in the image,

There would appear to be space for a reopened station. between the railway and Station Road.

  • It could have a single platform.
  • There could be adequate car parking.
  • 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.

As the station would be no more than about five miles from Walsall station and its electrification, the extended service from Walsall could be run by a battery-electric train.

Conclusion

I predict, that if this route is reopened and it is a success, other parts of the UK will want to open more freight lines to passenger traffic.

These similar projects have already been widely mentioned.

Most of these reopening, would just need refurbishment and some new stations.

 

 

June 21, 2020 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments