Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury Line

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Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury Line
Locale Shropshire
Shrewsbury and Atcham
West Midlands (region)
Telford and Wrekin
Owner Network Rail
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury Line
Welsh Marches Line
Shrewsbury to Chester Line
Welsh Marches Line
Abbey Foregate
Upton Magna
Nantwich and Market Drayton Railway
Wellington (Shropshire)
Stafford to Shrewsbury Line
Wellington to Craven Arms Railway
Ironbridge Power Station
Severn Valley Railway
Green Bank Halt
Wellington to Craven Arms Railway
New Hadley Halt
Coalport Branch Line
Madeley Salop
Telford Central
Wombourne Branch Line
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.


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

Passenger services[edit]


Arriva Trains Wales, London Midland and Virgin Trains 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 Birmingham New Street and/or Birmingham International.

As of December 2014, Virgin Trains run two daily services between Shrewsbury and London Euston. [1]


There are no London Midland services in operation on this line on Sundays. Virgin Trains services also operate their two direct trains in each direction on Sundays.


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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