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Streetly Train Station
in Streetly, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, West Midlands UK.

Streetly railway in 1953 - copyright Streetly website

Streetly rail station update for October 2008:
Streetly railway plans go off the rails - In a week when Birmingham was named as the worst city in the country for commuting, it still looks unlikely that Streetly will be served by passenger trains. One problem is in finding a suitable site for a new station - the previous one was demolished to make way for flats which now block off access to the line.

Streetly railway station and platform in the days of steam trains - copyright Streetly website

A Walsall Area Study of rail services was actioned October 2008, but it seems that any extra services could not be implemented for several years until re-signalling has taken place.

More background information below:

New railway stations could be created in Aldridge and Streetly as part of plans to re-open the Sutton Park Line to passengers after more than 40 years.

The former Aldridge station, which shut down in 1966 as part of the Beeching cuts, would be rebuilt and a brand new one created in Streetly.

The last passenger train ran on the 13-mile route between Walsall and Water Orton in 1965 before it was closed following Dr Richard Beeching’s report to the Government on the future of the railway network.

Streetly railway line - copyright Streetly website Walsall Council is urging Centro and Network Rail to consider electrifying the line and re-reopening it for passengers from Walsall to Sutton Coldfield. A new station in Aldridge could be built by 2018 and Streetly station created up to 10 years later.

It is hoped that the line could eventually be extended to Birmingham and six trains an hour could run from New Street to Walsall via Aldridge.

Streetly councillor Gary Clarke, who is also chairman of the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority said that he would be supporting the proposals “100 per cent”.

He said: “What we want to see are local trains throughout the region and I am giving this all of my backing. I think this would be a very well used line and also ease congestion on the roads.”

Streetly railway ticket in Sutton Coldfield - copyright Streetly website

In a report to full council, Marie Newton of the authority’s Regeneration Directorate states: “The introduction of passenger rail services by the creation of a new station at Aldridge would be of enormous benefit.”

A feasibility study will now be started into the reopening of the line to passengers serving a reinstated station at Aldridge and the possibility of one in Streetly.

Also see a great "blog About local trains and stations including Streetly:" click here

Mike Musson has created a very informative website Warwichshire Railways which covers Streetly station as up to 1972 when Birmingham was part of warwickshire. Mike would like to hear from anyone who has sources for photos for stations from Birmingham to Lichfield / Tamworth etc, so please get in touch with Mike via his website or simply Contact Streetly Website with details, Thank you very much !

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