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Aldridge Station: A Strategic Investment in West Midlands Connectivity

Network Rail, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), and the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) are joining forces to revitalise rail services in Aldridge after a six-decade hiatus. This £30 million project, funded by the City Regional Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS), signifies a strategic investment in the region's connectivity and aligns perfectly with #wm2041 goals for sustainable transportation.

The new Aldridge station, scheduled to open in 2027, will initially offer half-hourly services to Walsall, providing residents with easy access to Birmingham and other regional and national connections. The project was announced after the recently confirmed funding for the £1.7 billion Midlands Rail Hub. With potential future electrification of the line and the full reopening of the Sutton Park Line, Aldridge station could offer direct services to Birmingham, significantly improving regional connectivity.

Rob McIntosh, managing director for Network Rail's North West and Central region said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with the WMCA to build a better connected, more prosperous, fairer and greener region.

“Aldridge station is one of several new stations being funded by TfWM and WMRE across the West Midlands. These exciting transport hubs will not only support economic growth by improving connectivity for passengers but also provide multiple benefits for local communities.”

Network Rail staff carrying out survey work on the Aldridge station site

The new Wrexham, Shropshire and Midlands Railway Company (WSMR) has recently announced plans to run services from North Wales and Shropshire to London Euston via the Sutton Park Line and opportunities for the service to stop at Aldridge are being explored.

By prioritising sustainable practices and promoting alternative travel modes, the Aldridge station project serves as a testament to the West Midlands' commitment to building a greener and more connected future. Effective communication with stakeholders and the public throughout the project lifecycle will be essential for ensuring its successful implementation and long-term benefits for the region.

Photo Credit: Network Rail

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