Dudley Port railway station

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Dudley Port railway station serves the Dudley Port and Great Bridge areas of Tipton, West Midlands, England, Situated on the Stour Valley Line, the station is operated by West Midlands Railway.

Dudley Port
National Rail
Dudley Port railway station MMB 15.jpg
LocationDudley Port, Tipton, Sandwell
England
Coordinates52°31′29″N 2°03′00″W / 52.524693°N 2.049987°W / 52.524693; -2.049987Coordinates: 52°31′29″N 2°03′00″W / 52.524693°N 2.049987°W / 52.524693; -2.049987
Grid referenceSO967918
Managed byWest Midlands Railway
Transit authorityTransport for West Midlands
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeDDP
Fare zone4
ClassificationDfT category E
History
Original companyBirmingham, Wolverhampton and Stour Valley Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
1 July 1852 (1852-07-01)Station opened as Dudley Port (High Level)
c. 1964Renamed Dudley Port
Passengers
2015/16Increase 0.458 million
2016/17Increase 0.473 million
2017/18Increase 0.491 million
2018/19Increase 0.544 million
2019/20Decrease 0.525 million
Location
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Upper Level stationEdit

HistoryEdit

The station opened in 1852. The line had passenger usage until about the early 1880s, when it began to slump at several stations, leading to the line becoming a largely freight only operation in 1887. It would remain open for goods traffic, which was considerable at this time, as the district had become highly industrialised in the then heyday of the Black Country's industrial past.

As the local industry declined and road transport became more common, the station entered a post-World War II decline.

Despite the name, and being located just 1.6 miles (2.6 km) north-east of the town centre of Dudley (which has not had its own railway station since 1964), Dudley Port station is not actually situated within the boundaries of the Borough of Dudley, but rather in the adjacent Sandwell borough. The name Dudley Port emerged during the 19th century, due to the extensive number of warehouses and wharves emerging around the Birmingham Canal to serve industries in Dudley. The area initially became known as Dudley's Port, before the title Dudley Port was adopted.[1]

Dudley Port Station was originally known as Dudley Port High Level Station, as a Low Level Station was situated on the South Staffordshire line from Dudley to Walsall, which passes beneath.

High Level was dropped from the station's name when the Low Level station closed in 1964 as a result of the Beeching Axe.

The upper level was revamped in the mid 1980s and officially re-opened by West Midlands County councillor Gordon Morgan in 1989.

Today's usageEdit

 
Plaque commemorating the rebuilding of Dudley Port station's upper level in 1989

ServicesEdit

Dudley Port is served by West Midlands Railway services between Walsall and Wolverhampton, under a franchise agreement with the Department for Transport.

During Monday–Saturday daytime, there is a train every half hour, which calls at all stations between Wolverhampton and Walsall via Birmingham New Street. On Sundays, there is typically one train per hour between Birmingham and Wolverhampton only.[2]

Three main West Midlands Railway express services call at this station - the first is a morning peak service from Stafford to New Street, the second evening peak service from Birmingham New Street to Shrewsbury and the third is the final service from Birmingham New Street to Crewe.

Low Level stationEdit

Dudley Port (Low Level)
 
A picture of Dudley port station's lower level in 2001. The diagonal brick structure on the right is a former stairway.
LocationTipton, Sandwell
England
Coordinates52°30′04″N 1°58′52″W / 52.501°N 1.981°W / 52.501; -1.981
Platforms2
Other information
StatusDisused
History
Original companySouth Staffordshire Railway
Pre-groupingLondon and North Western Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
1 April 1850Opened as Dudley Port railway station
1964Closed

HistoryEdit

There was a Low Level Station on the former South Staffordshire Line that had opened in 1850, which provided a rail connection from Dudley Port to Dudley railway station. The line had reasonable passenger usage until about the early 1880s, when it began to slump at several stations, leading to the line becoming a largely freight only operation in 1887. It would remain open for goods traffic, which was considerable at this time, as the district had become highly industrialised in the then heyday of the Black Country's industrial past. It closed in June 1964 as passenger services were phased out along the line due to the Beeching Axe and the blue brick station building was demolished three years later, although the railway remained open to goods trains until 1993.

 
The South Staffordshire Line through Dudley Port Low Level.

Just to the north of Dudley Port Low Level was the junction for the connecting line to the GWR Snow Hill Line via Great Bridge. To the south was the junction for the short connecting line to the Stour Valley Line.

Midland MetroEdit

Phase Two of the Midland Metro will see 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 closed section of the South Staffordshire Line through Dudley is expected to re-open during the 2020s,[3] as a Midland Metro tramway. The Lower Level station would re-open as a Midland Metro tram stop.

ReopeningEdit

The Midland Metro is set to be extended from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill, with goods trains running alongside it, with the former South Staffordshire Line being reopened for this use by 2023. A new Midland Metro stop is set to be open on the site of the former Dudley Port Low Level Station.

West Midlands Metro Line 2
Wednesbury-to-Brierley-Hill-extension
 
 
 
Line One
 
Tame Valley Canal
 
Golds Hill
 
Walsall Canal
 
Great Bridge
 
Horseley Road
 
Dudley Port    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sedgley Road East
 
 
 
 
 
 
Birmingham New Road
 
Tipton Road
 
Dudley Castle
 
Dudley Town Centre  
 
Flood Street
 
New Road
 
Cinder Bank
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pedmore Road
 
Canal Street
 
Waterfront
 
Merry Hill  
 
Brierley Hill  
Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Sandwell and Dudley   West Midlands Railway
Wolverhampton-Birmingham/Walsall
  Tipton
  London Northwestern Railway
Birmingham-Liverpool
 
Disused railways
Dudley   Great Western Railway
Birmingham Snow Hill–Dudley Branch (1866-1964)
  Great Bridge South
Dudley   South Staffordshire Railway
Later LNWR, then LMS, finally BR
South Staffs Line (1850-1964)
  Great Bridge North

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 68
  3. ^ https://metroalliance.co.uk/projects/wednesbury-to-brierley-hill-extension/

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