Darlaston James Bridge railway station

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Darlaston James Bridge
Darlaston Site of Old Station.jpg
Site of former station between Walsall Rd and Kendricks Rd
Location
PlaceDarlaston
AreaMetropolitan Borough of Walsall
Coordinates52°34′30″N 2°01′08″W / 52.5751°N 2.0188°W / 52.5751; -2.0188Coordinates: 52°34′30″N 2°01′08″W / 52.5751°N 2.0188°W / 52.5751; -2.0188
Grid referenceSO988974
Operations
Original companyGrand Junction Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms2
History
1837Opened[1]
1965Closed[1]
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z

Darlaston James Bridge railway station was a station built on the Grand Junction Railway in 1837,[2] serving the James Bridge area in the east of the town centre of Darlaston, near the junction of Walsall Road and Bentley Mill Way.

Darlaston Loop Line[edit]

It was also known simply as Darlaston, which can be confused with the LNWR station located in the town centre on the Darlaston Loop off the South Staffordshire Line. It ran to the now disused Wednesbury Town railway station via the former Wood Green railway station. The station closed in the late 1800's to passengers and the line in the late 1960s to freight traffic and diverted services.

Closure[edit]

The station closed in 1965,[1] and there is little evidence of the existence at the site. The lines through the station are in use today as part of the Walsall to Wolverhampton Line.

Reopening[edit]

Andy Street pledged in his mayoral campaign to reopen the station, however there is still no timeline. [3]

In September 2017, the West Midlands Combined Authority proposed that the station along with Willenhall Bilston Street would reopen by 2027 as part of a £4 billion transport plan. [4][5]

Willenhall was awarded backing for a reopening of a railway station on the Walsall-Wolverhampton Line in March 2018.[citation needed]. In August 2018, Darlaston was also awarded a new station near Cemetery Road which proposed to be located north of Kendricks Road directly adjacent to the old station site. It is currently planned that the station will reopen to passengers in December 2021.[6]


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Willenhall Bilston Street   London and North Western Railway
Walsall to Wolverhampton Line
  Pleck
  Grand Junction Railway
to Walsall Line
  Wood Green

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Darlaston (James Bridge) Station". Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  2. ^ Drake, James (1838). Drake’s Road Book of the Grand Junction Railway (1838). Moorland Reprints. ISBN 0903485257.
  3. ^ http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/walsall-stourbridge-trains-run-again-12592078
  4. ^ "£4 billion of transport infrastructure over coming decade". West Midlands Combined Authority. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  5. ^ "West Midlands Strategic Transport Plan". Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  6. ^ [1]