New Stourbridge – Brierley Hill Rail Route Moves Step Closer
A new ultra light rail route proposed to operate between Stourbridge and Brierley Hill has moved a step closer following an investigation of the route by Stourbridge Shuttle operators Pre Metro Operations.
The route, which still sees freight trains operating several times per week, has not seen passengers carried since July 1962, when British Rail decided to sever the link between Stourbridge and Dudley.
Pre Metro Operations is proposing to reopen the line using innovative environmentally-friendly railcars to provide a service from Stourbridge Junction to Canal Street in Brierley Hill, which will integrate with the forthcoming West Midlands Metro extension from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill via Dudley. Proposed stops along the line from Stourbridge include Vicarage Road, Brettell Lane, Station Road (for Brierley Hill), The Waterfront and Canal Street for West Midlands Metro Interchange and potential Park & Ride facilities.
A recent investigation of the line was undertaken by Pre Metro Operations, Rail Operations Group, Network Rail and the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education at Birmingham University.
Chairman of Pre Metro Operations Geoff Lusher said;
“The success of our light rail operation at Stourbridge proves that we can run a highly reliable, environmentally friendly, cost effective service. The Stourbridge Shuttle has reduced emissions, doubled patronage and halved operating costs over the 10 years that we’ve operated it, and our current reliability figures are 99.8%. We believe that this model of operation can be a success in other parts of the country, as traffic congestion and air pollution concerns continue to rise up the agenda. We are particularly interested in the work being done by our friends at BCRRE on the HydroFLEX project and the environmental benefits this would bring. The proposal to reopen the Stourbridge to Brierley Hill rail route to passengers will offer new travel opportunities, linking into high quality Metro and National Rail services.”
Stourbridge Viaduct (looking South)
Brierly Hill (looking WSW)