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Merry Hill and West Midland Safari Park among seven new rail stations on the way

Merry Hill and West Midland Safari Park among seven new rail stations on the way

Seven new rail stations are set to be created across the West Midlands.

And, in pleasing news for shoppers, one will be created at Merry Hill Shopping Centre, in Dudley.

Another is set to be built at West Midland Safari Park, giving families across the region easy access to the popular family-friendly attraction.

Two new stations between Wolverhampton and Walsall could also be created.

The station at Merry Hill would give shoppers from Wolverhmapton the chance to get there easily, without having to catch a bus which takes longer than an hour.

West Midlands Railway would also run trains on the Severn Valley Railway line, it is understood, to West Midland Safari Park.



West Midlands Safari Park is home to many animals including a herd of Rothchild’s, one of the world’s rarest sub-species of giraffe

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The main line would exit at Kidderminster before splitting onto the Severn Valley line, where it would eventually reach West Midland Safari Park.

The proposals depend on the outcome of ‘feasibility assessments’, say operator West Midland Railways.

There are plans to introduce 20,000 extra seats and standing room for an additional 50,000 passengers at peak time in and around Birmingham, as well as additional late night and Sunday services across the region.

Chris Grayling has said he is “absolutely committed” to getting passenger trains running on the Camp Hill line again.

Speaking after a meeting with rail and transport chiefs in Moseley, the Conservative Cabinet minister also promised to help restore the much-needed rail service as soon as possible.



Last month he visited the West Midlands to view progress on the Brierley Hill metro extension, examining the case to restore passenger trains on the Walsall to Wolverhampton line before heading to Moseley.

The Camp Hill line runs through south Birmingham via Kings Heath and Moseley and into Saltley and is predominantly a freight line but does carry some passenger services.



Merry Hill in Dudley will be open for a spot of retail therapy for most of Easter weekend too
Merry Hill in Dudley will be open for a spot of retail therapy for most of Easter weekend too

These are intercity services and do not pick up in these two key suburbs which has prompted calls for decades to reintroduce stops to this line in a bid to cut congestion in what are heavily populated areas.

A similar project to bring passenger stops to areas in the north of city around Fort Dunlop and Castle Bromwich could also be considered following another upgrade as part of the Midlands Rail Hub, in the Water Orton area.

Asked about the reinstatement of stations in Hazelwell, Kings Heath and Moseley, he replied: “I’m really optimistic we can deliver this and deliver this soon.

“I am absolutely committed to restoring some of the routes that were lost under Dr Beeching.

“You’ve got routes that are still there with freight trains running on them in what are busy city areas. It makes no sense at all to me not to restore passenger services.

“It’s blindingly obvious this Moseley line and the Walsall to Wolverhampton line I visited earlier are places linking important centres and important commuter routes and there should be trains running on them.

“We are trying to deliver a revolution in commuter railways in Birmingham.”

His comments followed discussions with representatives of Transport for West Midlands, Network Rail and West Midlands Railways as well as the region’s mayor Andy Street.

And went further than earlier briefings and statements had suggested.

Mr Street, who has campaigned for the Moseley services to be restored, said these heavy rail, metro tram and sprint rapid bus developments on the way would help the city as it combated traffic congestion and pollution.

He has previously spoken in favour of introducing a congestion charge for Birmingham city centre, last year saying it was something the city would “have to do”.

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