Great Bridge North railway station
- Not to be confused with the nearby Great Bridge South railway station.
|Great Bridge North|
|Great Bridge North station in 2005|
|Original company||South Staffordshire Railway|
|Pre-grouping||London and North Western Railway|
|1964||Closed to passengers|
|1972||Closed out right|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain
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The station was built in 1850 and served by the South Staffordshire Railway, which later became London, Midland and Scottish Railway (through amalgamation of the London and North Western Railway). The station shared the name Great Bridge with its Great Western Railway counterpart built in 1866. North was appended to the name of the station just after nationalization.
Passenger usage declined in the early 1880s, and the line became mainly freight in 1887. It remained open for goods traffic as the district became highly industrialized in the heyday of the Black Country's industrial past. Local industry declined after World War II and road transport became more common. British Rail closed the station to passengers through the Beeching Axe in 1964, but it continued as a freight station for local factories until 1972. Goods trains continued to pass through the site of the station until 1993. By that date no sign of the station or the goods yard remained. It is now derelict and mostly fenced off.
A £1,100,000/15 year long regeneration project is expected to re-open the closed section of railway through Dudley as a combined Midland Metro tramway with a separate heavy rail line for goods trains. The old station site is earmarked as the location of a Midland Metro stop on the local tram network's second line between Walsall, Dudley Port railway station, Dudley railway station and the Merry Hill Shopping Centre scheduled for opening upon completion in 2011.SDIT The freighters would continue on past Brettell Lane railway station and on to the mainline at Stourbridge junction.
Great Bridge North looking down from the crossing and past the signal box, 2003
|Midland Metro Line Two Proposed Merry Hill Extension|
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
|Wednesbury Town||South Staffordshire Railway
Later LNWR, then LMS, finally BR
South Staffs Line (1850-1964)
|BR, then Freightliner
South Staffs Line (inc. Dudley-Stourbridge Junction to 1962) (1852-1964)
|Dudley Freightliner Terminal|
- Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands: Great Bridge North railway station