Great Bridge North railway station

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Not to be confused with the nearby Great Bridge South railway station.
Great Bridge North
Gt. Bridge St. N. 2005.jpg
Great Bridge North station in 2005
Location
Place Great Bridge
Area Sandwell
Coordinates 52°31′59″N 2°02′08″W / 52.5331°N 2.0356°W / 52.5331; -2.0356Coordinates: 52°31′59″N 2°02′08″W / 52.5331°N 2.0356°W / 52.5331; -2.0356
Grid reference SO976927
Operations
Original company South Staffordshire Railway
Pre-grouping London and North Western Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
Platforms 2 (3)
History
1850 Opened as Great Bridge[1]
1950 Renamed Great Bridge North'[1]
1964 Closed to passengers
1972 Closed outright
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
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Great Bridge North railway station was a station on the South Staffordshire Line in England.

History[edit]

The station was built in 1850 and served by the South Staffordshire Railway, which later became London and North Western Railway)and in 1923 became London, Midland and Scottish Railway (through amalgamation of 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.

Midland Metro[edit]

A £1,100,000/15-year-long regeneration project is expected to re-open the closed section of railway through Dudley[2] 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[3] The freighters would continue on past Brettell Lane railway station and on to the mainline at Stourbridge junction.[4]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Midland Metro Line Two Proposed Merry Hill Extension
Joins existing Line One at Wednesbury
Tame Valley Canal
Golds Hill
Walsall Canal
Great Bridge
Horseley Road
Dudley Port National Rail
Birmingham New Main Line Canal (under aqueduct)
Sedgley Road
Birmingham Old Main Line Canal
Birmingham New Road
Tipton Road
Dudley Town Centre for Dudley Bus station
Flood Street
New Road
Cinderbank
Parkhead Viaduct over Dudley Canal
Pedmore Road
Canal Street
Waterfront
Merry Hill
Brierley Hill
Brettell Lane
Stourbridge
Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Wednesbury Town   South Staffordshire Railway
Later LNWR, then LMS, finally BR
South Staffs Line (1850-1964)
  Dudley Port
Walsall
or
Terminus
  BR, then Freightliner
South Staffs Line (inc. Dudley-Stourbridge Junction to 1962) (1852-1964)
  Dudley Freightliner Terminal

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Great Bridge North Station". Rail Around Birmingham and the West Midlands. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  2. ^ http://www.centro.org.uk/Metro/Nov%2003/W-B%20Timetable.asp
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2012-11-19. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2012-11-19.