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New Stations for Old
The West Midlands region should see the reopening of five long-closed stations at Willenhall, Darlaston, Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell by December 2022, and the redevelopment of two existing stations at University and Perry Barr in time for the Commonwealth Games.  The current status of each of these developments is as follows.
Original Station : Willenhall (Bilston Street) opened in 1837 and closed in 1965.

Location : In Bilston Street about 250 yards south of Willenhall Town Centre (Market Place).

Current Status (September 2020) : Planning Application submitted to Walsall Council in July 2020.

Projected Opening Date : December 2022.

Projected Service Level : 1 tph Crewe to Birmingham New Street via Stoke and Wolverhampton, 1 tph Wolverhampton to Walsall.
Original Station : Darlaston James Bridge opened in 1837 and closed in 1965.

Location : Accessible from Kendricks Road or Cemetery Road about a mile north east of Darlaston Town Centre.

Current Status (September 2020) : Planning Application submitted to Walsall Council in July 2020.

Projected Opening Date : December 2022.

Projected Service Level : 1 tph Crewe to Birmingham New Street via Stoke and Wolverhampton, 1 tph Wolverhampton to Walsall.
Original Station : Moseley opened in 1867 and closed on 27 January 1941.

Location : The main entrance will be in St Mary’s Row about 150 yards east of Moseley Village.

Current Status (September 2020) : Planning Permission granted by Birmingham City Council in September 2020.

Projected Opening Date : December 2022.

Projected Service Level : 2 tph to and from Birmingham New Street, although the southern termini of these two services has yet to be determined.
Original Station : Kings Heath opened in 1840 and closed on 27 January 1941.

Location : To the south west of the Alcester Road (A435) at the northern end of Kings Heath High Street.

Current Status (September 2020) : Planning Permission granted by Birmingham City Council in January 2020.

Projected Opening Date : December 2022.

Projected Service Level : 2 tph to and from Birmingham New Street, although the southern termini of these two services has yet to be determined.
Original Station : Hazelwell opened on 1 January 1903 and closed on 27 January 1941.

Location : To the north of Cartland Road about ½ mile east of the A441 at Stirchley.  For this reason, many local residents are asking for the station to be named Stirchley rather than Hazelwell.

Current Status (September 2020) : Planning permission granted by Birmingham City Council in January 2020.

Projected Opening Date : December 2022.

Projected Service Level : 2 tph to and from Birmingham New Street, although the southern termini of these two services has yet to be determined.
Current Station : Opened on 8 May 1978 when regular stopping services were introduced on the southern half of the Cross City line.

Location : The station is between the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to the north west and the University of Birmingham to the south and east.

Current Layout : The current entrance/exit is at the southern end of the platforms into Vincent Drive.  The booking office and the current entrance/exit is very small and both platforms are very narrow, making the station inadequate for the number of passengers using it.

Proposed Layout : Brand new buildings will be built at the northern end of the platforms linked by a new canal bridge to the University of Birmingham and platforms will be doubled in width with canopies extended along the platform.

Current Status (September 2020) : Funding (£56 million) for the station was agreed by the board of the WMCA in July 2020.  A planning application has yet to be submitted.

Projected Opening Date : Spring 2022 in time for the Commonwealth Games.
Current Station : Originally opened on this site in 1837 making it one of the oldest stations in Birmingham.

Location : The station is on the western side of the A34 road from Birmingham to Walsall.

Current Layout : The current entrance/exit is via a very small dingy entrance hall in the middle of a rundown terrace of shops.  Train services in each direction are expected to increase from 2 tph to 6 tph during the Commonwealth Games, which would make the current layout totally inadequate.

Proposed Layout : The flyover on the A34 is due to be demolished, improving access to the station.  The row of shops would be demolished and a brand new booking office built.  There would also be improved access between the station and the One Stop Shopping Centre with improved bus/train interchange facilities.

Current Status (September 2020) : A planning application was expected to be submitted in June 2020 but has yet to be submitted.  Options are being evaluated to look at the potential for a de-scoped scheme in light of a Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP funding review.  It has been agreed with West Midlands Railway that services would be suspended at the station while work is proceeding.

Projected Opening Date : Spring 2022 in time for the Commonwealth Games.
Latest News

27 August 2020

To find out first-hand how safe rail travel is post-Covid, four members of the CfR committee made a couple of rail journeys.  Their full report can be read in the News and Comment section.

21 August 2020

Train services operated by all TOCs in the West Midlands area will be improved from 7 September 2020.  Full details will be available on each individual TOC website.

11 August 2020

The first of the new Class 730 EMUs which will replace the Class 323 EMUs on the Cross City line has been sent to Velim in Czechia for testing.  In addition, the new Class 196 DMUs have started regular test runs along the North Warwickshire line between Tyseley and Stratford-upon-Avon.

24 July 2020

The £56 million University Station redevelopment has now been confirmed after West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) bosses agreed the full business case.
This approval for the development means that work can start later this year on building a new fit-for-purpose station with modern facilities and capable of handling 7.2 million passengers a year.

23 July 2020

The first of the new West Midlands Railways Class 196 units made its initial test run today from Tyseley Depot to Hereford via Kidderminster.

1 July 2020

The Department for Transport has announced the 50 schemes that have been submitted in the second round of bids under the Restore Your Railways scheme.
Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

7 June 2020

The new station building at Kidderminster has been opened.
Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

25 May 2020

The first half of the new station building at Wolverhampton has been completed and opened to the public.  The previous building will now be demolished and replaced in the second phase of work.

23 May 2020

The 10 successful projects from the bids submitted in the first round under the Restore Your Railways scheme have been announced by the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps.
Full details may be read in the News and Comment section.

21 March 2020

The Campaign for Rail AGM which was due to take place in May, has been postponed until a future date, as yet to be determined.
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Campaign for Rail
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116 Stoke Road
Bromsgrove
B60 3ED
contact-us@campaignforrail.org.uk

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