Parkhead Viaduct

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Parkhead Viaduct
Parkhead Viaduct.jpg
Carries Railway
Crosses Dudley Canal
Locale Dudley, West Midlands
Material Stone
Construction end 1880 (1880)
Coordinates 52°29′55″N 2°05′58″W / 52.498711°N 2.099508°W / 52.498711; -2.099508Coordinates: 52°29′55″N 2°05′58″W / 52.498711°N 2.099508°W / 52.498711; -2.099508

Parkhead Viaduct is a railway viaduct located in Dudley, West Midlands, England. The original viaduct was a wooden structure erected in 1850 to carry the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway over Parkhead Locks on the Dudley Canal, near to the southern mouth of the Dudley Tunnel. The current brick viaduct was built in 1880 and it is believed that the original wooden structure is still encased within its successor.[1]

Closure[edit]

Use of the viaduct had fallen by the mid 1960s due to the closure of passenger stations on the route, but it remained in use until 1993, when the section of the railway between Walsall and Brierley Hill was closed. The section of track over Parkhead Viaduct was removed soon after due to the construction of a new road bridge over the line approximately 100 yards (100 m) away. The structure of the viaduct is still intact, but has fallen into disrepair and would require extensive work for trains to use it again.[1]

Midland Metro[edit]

Main article: Midland Metro

Parkhead Viaduct is a listed structure, so its distinctive arches are to be retained when the overhead deck is replaced during the development of the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill extension to the Midland Metro, which is planned to open in the mid-to-late 2010s.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Black Country". Newsletter of the Broseley Local History Society (Broseley Local History Society). August 2009.