Willenhall Bilston Street railway station

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Willenhall Bilston Street
Willenhall former Station Site.jpg
Site of former station
Location
PlaceWillenhall
AreaMetropolitan Borough of Walsall
Coordinates52°34′56″N 2°03′12″W / 52.5822°N 2.0534°W / 52.5822; -2.0534Coordinates: 52°34′56″N 2°03′12″W / 52.5822°N 2.0534°W / 52.5822; -2.0534
Grid referenceSO964982
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

Willenhall Bilston Street railway station was a station built on the Grand Junction Railway in 1837.[2]:22 It served the town of Willenhall, and was located just to the south of the town centre. It was one of two railway stations in the town - the other being Willenhall Stafford Street.

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.

Potential reopening[edit]

There were proposals within the West Midlands Local Transport plan to reopen the station for passenger traffic, but these have been shelved. In December 2016 as part of the New Station Fund 2 project the West Midlands County Council put proposals in to reopen the station to passenger services.[3][4][5]. Andy Street pledged in his mayoral campaign to reopen the station, however there is still no timeline. [6]

In September 2017, the West Midlands Combined Authority proposed that the station along with Darlaston James Bridge would reopen by 2027 as part of a £4 billion transport plan.[7][8]

In March 2018, the station was awarded funding to reopen and would be the first time Willenhall has had a rail connection in over 40 years. Transport minister Chris Grayling has confirmed it will reopen.[9]


It is currently planned that the station will reopen to passengers in December 2021.[10]


Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Portobello   Walsall to Wolverhampton Line
earlier Grand Junction Railway
  Darlaston James Bridge

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Willenhall Bilston Street 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. ^ "New Stations Fund (second round)". Proposed Railway Schemes. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  4. ^ "NSF bid submitted for Willenhall". Proposed Railway Schemes. 7 December 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  5. ^ "New railway station for Willenhall in Walsall?". Walsall Advertiser. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 30 March 2017.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/walsall-stourbridge-trains-run-again-12592078
  7. ^ "£4 billion of transport infrastructure over coming decade". West Midlands Combined Authority. Retrieved 23 July 2016.
  8. ^ "West Midlands Strategic Transport Plan". Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  9. ^ Preece, Ashley. "Green light for new train station between Walsall and Wolverhampton". Birmingham Live. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  10. ^ [1]

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