Approval given for detailed design work for Aldridge

The Department for Transport has given conditional approval to start work on an outline business case to build and open a station on the Sutton Park line to provide direct passenger services to Walsall.

This means that funding can now be drawn down to take the project, which is being led by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), to the next more detailed design, and development phase.

The town sits on the freight only Sutton Park Line between Walsall and east Birmingham which closed to passenger services as part of the Beeching cuts in 1965.

The proposal is for a single platform station to be built on the edge of Aldridge Town Centre, with road access from Westfield Drive.

Current plans are that the station will initially be served by a half-hourly diesel shuttle service to Walsall taking just six minutes. At Walsall there will be cross-platform interchange with electric services to and from Birmingham giving an overall Aldridge to Birmingham journey time of around 38 minutes.

TfWM and WMRE will be actively exploring ways of delivering future electric through services to Aldridge with Network Rail and other partners.

Source: TfWM

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