Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury Line

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Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury Line
Overview
Locale Shropshire
Wolverhampton
Staffordshire
Shrewsbury and Atcham
West Midlands (region)
Telford and Wrekin
Operation
Owner Network Rail
Technical
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury Line
Welsh Marches Line
Shrewsbury to Chester Line
Shrewsbury
Welsh Marches Line
Abbey Foregate
Upton Magna
Walcot
Admaston
Nantwich and Market Drayton Railway
Wellington (Shropshire)
Stafford to Shrewsbury Line
Wellington to Craven Arms Railway
Ironbridge Power Station
Severn Valley Railway
Coalbrookdale
Green Bank Halt
Lightmoor
Wellington to Craven Arms Railway
New Hadley Halt
Oakengates
Coalport Branch Line
Madeley Salop
Telford Central
Shifnal
Cosford
Albrighton
Codsall
Bilbrook
Wombourne Branch Line
Oxley TRSMD
Rugby-Birmingham-Stafford Line
Dunstall Park
Victoria Basin
Wolverhampton (High Level)
Wolverhampton Low Level
Rugby-Birmingham-Stafford Line
Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Line
Midland Railway Goods Depot
Wolverhampton and Walsall Railway
Walsall to Wolverhampton Line

The Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury Line is the railway line from Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury via Wellington; it was originally built by the Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway. The line is double track throughout, with rarely used relief sidings at Cosford and 4 tracks through Wellington station.

Electrification from Stafford Road Junction to Oxley, is provided solely to enable electric stock to access Alstom's Oxley TRSMD, and is therefore constructed as a "tram wire" suitable for low speeds only.

Signalling is centred at Madeley Junction. Towards Wolverhampton, the West Midlands Signalling Centre, Oxley Workstation, takes over (previously Oxley signal box until it closed on Saturday 27 November 2010 under the West Midlands Resignalling scheme) and towards Shrewsbury, Abbey Foregate signal box.

Route[edit]

The towns and villages served by the route are listed below, East to West.

Passenger services[edit]

Arriva Trains Wales and London Midland operate passenger trains on this line. Westbound, some trains go beyond Shrewsbury to Chester, Holyhead, Aberystwyth and Wrexham while eastbound, services continue beyond Wolverhampton to terminate at Birmingham New Street or Birmingham International.

Sundays[edit]

Arriva Trains Wales in recent times have be known to have:

There are no London Midland services in operation on this line on Sundays.

Freight[edit]

The Coalbrookdale line, which serves Ironbridge Power Station to the south of Telford near Ironbridge, joins the Wolverhampton-Shrewsbury Line at Madeley Junction, which is between the Telford Central and Shifnal stations. Coal trains (EWS and Fastline) use the route, supplying the power station.

Telford Railfreight Depot

In 2008 the former Wellington to Stafford line was rebuilt as far as Donnington, for freight use. Telford International Railfreight Park is located at a 48 acres (0.19 km2) site just off the Hortonwood Roundabout near Donnington opened in 2009. The reopened line is single track and the junction with the Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury Line is at Wellington Donnington Junction, about a quarter mile east of Wellington station.

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