Wednesbury Great Western Street tram stop

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Wednesbury Great Western Street
Midland Metro
Midland Metro tram stop
Wednesbury Metro - geograph.org.uk - 589769.jpg
LocationWednesbury
Sandwell
England
Line(s)Line 1 (Birmingham – Wolverhampton)
Platforms2
History
Opened31 May 1999
Traffic
Passengers (2015/16)Approx. 1,500 daily[1]

Wednesbury Great Western Street is a tram stop in Wednesbury, Sandwell, England. It was opened on 31 May 1999 and is situated on Midland Metro Line 1. The stop is next to the Midland Metro tram depot.

The stop and depot are on the site of the old Wednesbury Central railway station, which closed in 1972, though the section of railway on which the tram stop currently stands remained open to goods trains until 1992.[citation needed]

The stop is overlooked by a statue of Sleipnir, Odin's mythical eight-legged horse, by Steve Field, commissioned by Altram, the company that built the metro.[2]

Sleipnir by Steve Field

Services[edit]

Mondays to Saturdays, Midland Metro services in each direction between Birmingham and Wolverhampton run at six to eight-minute intervals during the day, and at fifteen-minute intervals during the evenings and on Sundays.[3]

South Staffordshire Line[edit]

The South Staffordshire Line which is currently closed, is crossed over by the Midland Metro. Wednesbury Great Western will also be the start of the future Wednesbury - Brierley Hill Extension which will utilize the railway line to the former station sites at Great Bridge North railway station, Dudley Port railway station, Dudley railway station before running through Dudley town center and will reconnect to the line at Canal Street before finally leaving the line around Harts Hill railway station.

This line will also be used by heavy rail between Walsall and it will run the entire track to Round Oak. This will make it the second Midland Metro scheme to share a trackbed with heavy rail. With the other being the shared trackbed between The Hawthorns and Birmingham Snow Hill railway station. There is also potential for a train service between Walsall and Wednesbury which would use the line between Walsall railway station and the former Wednesbury Town railway station.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2016 West Midlands Travel Trends Covering Report" (PDF). West Midlands Combined Authority. p. 39. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  2. ^ "'SILLY' STATUE SPARKS ROW; Horse sculptor defends work". Birmingham Evening Mail. 1998-07-08 – via HighBeam. (Subscription required (help)).
  3. ^ "Midland Metro timetable". Network West Midlands. Retrieved 14 December 2015.

External links[edit]

Preceding station   MidlandMetroGenericSymbol.svg Midland Metro   Following station
Wednesbury Parkway   Line 1   Black Lake
Preceding station   MidlandMetroGenericSymbol.svg Midland Metro   Following station
  Line 2   ??

Coordinates: 52°32′56″N 2°01′32″W / 52.54892°N 2.02563°W / 52.54892; -2.02563