Wednesbury Town

THE RAILWAY REINSTATEMENT ASSOCIATION

 

THE SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE RAILWAY

WEDNESBURY TOWN

 

once served by two railway stations, Central on the GWR route to Wolverhampton from Birmingham, now operated as the Midland Metro Supertram system, and the one we are interested in for this article on the South Staffs Railway, opened in 1850.

 

The station was known as Wednesbury until it was renamed Wednesbury 'town' in 1950 as part of nationalisation. British Rail closed the station through the Beeching Axe in 1964 due to decline in freight and passenger footfall.

 

While the electrification of the West Coast Main Line was underway the former GWR line did see a large increase in its traffic and a reopening of the station appear likely, but once the West Coast Main Line had been re-reopened the diverted trains were removed and the additional services quickly reduced. The last Paddington to Birkenhead express train ran on the line in March 1967, and after 1970 it was normally only used by goods trains.

 

The station buildings were demolished shortly after their closure, but the platform remains intact more than 50 years later. The signal box was still in use when the Walsall-Round Oak section of the line closed in March 1993, but it was destroyed by arsonists in 1995. The level crossing was fenced off around the same time in order for the Midland Metro to be built across the line nearby, although the fence was later vandalized and the line between Wednesbury and Great Bridge is often used a route for pedestrians and dog walkers.