Feasibility study confirms Aldridge is viable

Plans to open a new railway station at Aldridge have moved a step closer after a feasibility study confirmed the proposals were viable. 

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) bosses want trains to serve Aldridge as part of the current Wolverhampton to Walsall line, which is also set to include new stations at Darlaston and Willenhall. 

It is hoped that two trains an hour could run from Wolverhampton to Aldridge, via Birmingham New Street and Walsall, with an estimated 500,000 passengers using the service annually. 

An initial survey was undertaken earlier this year into the viability of the project, and now the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) has reported back and confirmed that the project is viable. 

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has now ordered the WMRE to draw up a business case for the station to secure the £10m funding needed to take the project to the next stage.

Source: Transport for West Midlands

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