The Walsall – Wolverhampton line in its entirety does not currently have any regular scheduled passenger services. Local passenger services were withdrawn in 1965 and stations at Willenhall Bilston Street and Darlaston James Bridge were closed. Passenger services were restored in 1998, only to be withdrawn again in 2008. At present, the main use of the line is by freight trains. Between Wolverhampton and Pleck Junction, south of Walsall (see map below), the line also used as a diversionary route when engineering works are carried out on the West Coast Main Line.

Source and further information: Walsall–Wolverhampton line – Wikipedia.

The line has been identified by Campaign for a Better Transport as a priority 1 candidate for reopening.

Earlier this year agreement was reached with Network Rail for the operation of an hourly service between Walsall and Wolverhampton and an hourly service between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton to call at reinstated Willenhall and Darlaston stations.

The project is being led by Transport for West Midlands, part of the West Midlands Combined Authority, and the West Midlands Rail Executive working in close collaboration with the Department for Transport, Network Rail, West Midlands Railway, Walsall Council and the City of Wolverhampton Council.

Map showing Wolverhampton – Walsall line

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West Midlands Mayor Andy Street’s 2040 plan for metro and rail in the West Midlands, with Willenhall and Darlaston in top left quadrant | View map full size


Willenhall and Darlaston stations are due to open in 2023.

Darlaston, which will include a 300-space car park, will be built on derelict land next to the Kendricks Road railway bridge. Read more

will be sited on the Wolverhampton side of Bilston Street railway bridge, close to Willenhall town centre. Read more

Further reading

Darlaston James Bridge railway station – Wikipedia

Planning permission granted for two new Black Country railway stations, on RailBusinessDaily

Walsall–Wolverhampton line – Wikipedia

Willenhall Bilston Street railway station – Wikipedia