Darlaston Rail Station Development
Plans have been confirmed with funding secured from the Department of Transport to reopen two railway stations on the Walsall to Wolverhampton line.
The reopening of Darlaston Train Station will improve connectivity between Wolverhampton, Walsall and Birmingham. This is part of a wider investment in new transport schemes by the West Midlands Combined Authority. An additional station will also be reopened in Willenhall, both of which are along the Walsall to Wolverhampton line.
Both the Darlaston and Willenhall stations have been closed since 1965 and since then, there have only been services passing through the stations. With ambitious housing and investments taking place across the Black Country, the development of these two stations will be a vital piece of infrastructure which will make a huge difference to residents and commuters - improving connections between Wolverhampton, Walsall and Birmingham New Street.
The aim is to start an hourly service between Walsall and Wolverhampton and another hourly service between Birmingham and Wolverhampton calling at Tame Bridge, Darlaston and Willenhall. Parking is proposed for approximately 150 cars at Willenhall and 300 cars at Darlaston.
This project is being led by the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) and Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), working in close collaboration with the Department of Transport, Network Rail, West Midlands Railway, Walsall Council and the City of Wolverhampton Council.
Following a public consultation early 2019, results found 93 per cent of people rated the proposed designs as good or very good, with many calling for the area’s lock-making industrial heritage to be reflected in artwork or architecture. It is hoped that work will commence in 2020 with a view to reopening the line to passengers by the end of 2021. You can read more here