Dudley Freightliner Terminal
|Dudley Freightliner Terminal|
|The former Dudley Freightliner Terminal signal box's remnants in 2003.|
|Area||Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell|
|Post-grouping||British rail, then Freightliner|
|1967||Opened as Dudley Freightliner Terminal|
|Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom|
|Closed railway stations in Britain
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Dudley Freightliner Terminal was opened on the site of Dudley railway station in October 1967, as one of Freightliner's first rail terminals. It was an instant financial success and by 1981 was one of the most profitable Freightliner terminals in Britain, but Freightliner UK announced plans to close it and transfer the staff to the less successful Birmingham terminal. These plans were shelved in 1983 but resurfaced in 1986, with the terminal finally closing in September 1989. Trains passed through the site of the Freightliner terminal until the Wednesbury to Round Oak section of the South Staffordshire Line closed in 1993.
The station platform became the depot platform, but with no buildings save for the odd shed. A concrete strip was built over one of the Tipton Five Way lines to act as a footing for a large gantry crane that had its other footing on the old platform. The old signal box was at the Blower's Green end of the station and was demolished in 1967 and replaced by a modernized one besides the main road's embankment. The sidings near the castle's side embankment were replaced by the manager's office, a staff room and some sheds.
The Freightliner equipment was removed in about 1990 and the site of the former terminal is now little more than an overgrown field, though the some of concrete surface remains in place near the tracks (much of it was ripped up and removed in the late 1990s, along with the second signal box).
People regularly use it for walking, bird watching and walking their dogs.
There were plans for a waste reception to be developed on the site in 1997, but these were quickly shelved. There have also been plans for housing and even a new football stadium to be built on the site.
A £1,100,000/15 year long regeneration project will see the station become part of the local tram network with the line reopening between Walsall, Dudley Port railway station, Dudley railway station and the Merry Hill Shopping Centre for trams on one track and for freight on the other. The freighters would continue on pat Brettell Lane railway station and on to the mainline at Stourbridge junction. The closed section of railway through Dudley is expected to re-open during the 2010s, as a combined Midland Metro tramway and a heavy rail line for goods trains.
When the Midland Metro opens, it is expected that the route will involve trams leaving the traditional line near the former terminal site and passing through Dudley town centre before rejoining the line at the north mouth of the Dudley Railway Tunnel.
Part of the terminal site is expected to be occupied by an expansion to Dudley Zoo and its overflow car park is already in situ.
Historic imagery of the site
Clockewise- 1/ The former Dudley station signal box. 2/ The end of the former station-come-depot goods yard. It was a rubbley field from 2000 to date (2011). 3/ The former sidings by the castle. 4/ A view from the base of the Freightliner signal box across to the former station come depot. The tracks are the line from Dudley Port to Netherton, but the path is trackbed of the line to Tipton Five-ways.
|Preceding station||Disused railways||Following station|
|Great Bridge North railway station
|BR, then Freightliner
South Staffs Line (inc. Dudley-Stourbridge Junction to 1962) (1852-1964)
|Stourbridge Junction railway station
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- Dudley station