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DUDLEY MALL'S RAILWAY DIRECTORY
• WALSALL to WOLVERHAMPTON & SHREWSBURY •

LINE PLAN
  Walsall
  Wolverhampton
  Bilbrook
  Codsall
  Albrighton
  Cosford
  Shifnal
  Telford Central
  Oakengates
  Wellington
  Shrewsbury

A full list of routes covered by Dudley Mall appears
at the bottom of this page.
Please note: the notes and sketches are intended only to give a general impression, and should not be relied upon for more than that. Dudley Mall accepts no liability for errors, but will correct any significant ones notified to us through dudleymall@dudleymall.co.uk or by post to Dudley Mall, 62 Gervase Drive, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4AT.
 
Wheels: WS. If you're on wheels, see our Easy Access page for explanation.

Colourful coaching
Whatever else has happened since privatisation, we have certainly seen a whole new range of liveries. Some, sadly, have been uninspired, but here we have a snappy modern style alongside a moving picture palace, and they both brighten the place up!
Walsall Plan WALSALL station ticket office is lodged in one corner of the Butlers Precinct shopping centre, with a ramp from there to an island platform with some canopy protection. When the precinct is open, there is easy access through it from Park Street (pedestrianised), though there are some slopes en route. The ticket office can also be reached through a passage that runs along one side of the Marks & Spencer store. The far end of the passage has both a ramp and steps down to street level, and from here you can get to the parking area (not free) and the entrance to north-bound platform 1 and its bus shelter. There is no direct bridging between the two platforms. There is street parking in Station Street alongside, but it is short term (and pretty full at busy times) so it has limited value for rail travellers. Wheels: WS

Walsall is also on the Birmingham-Rugeley line. Click here to transfer to our guide for that line.

Wolverhampton Plan WOLVERHAMPTON is one of the region's principal stations, located just beyond the town's main bus station, and reached by its own road (Railway Drive) which also gives access to its multi-storey car park (not free). In late summer 2004, a swish new platform (platform 4) was added to the station, along with a new passenger overbridge at the north end of the station, with stairs and lifts serving all platforms. This is a welcome addition but a long way to platform 4 if you cut your timing too tight. The old overbridge still links platform 1 to 2 and 3.

The old platform 4 has now become platform 6, and is a bay at the north end of platform 1, while platform 5 is a bay at its south end. As with other long stations, some of the platforms are lettered 'a' and 'b' to allow two shorter trains to stand at different points along the same platform face, so check the arrival/departure screens to ensure you're at the right end. Wolverhampton's facilities include a cafe and a small newsagents, and substantial areas are canopied. Wheels: 1/5/6 2/3/4.

Wolverhampton also serves the Birmingham-Stafford line. Click here to transfer to our guide for that line.
Bilbrook Plan BILBROOK station lies under a small but slightly complex road junction, and the overbridge splits the station so that a platform lies to each side of it, each barely in sight of the other. Both are approached by straightforward ramps down from beside the road bridge, and there are noticeboards on the way down giving train timetable information. Provision on each of Bilbrook's platforms is basic: a large glazed bus shelter looking somewhat worn but still reasonably clean and serviceable, and fitted inside with a perch-bar for about 9 people. Wheels: WS.

Codsall Plan CODSALL lies just down the hill from Codsall Square, with reasonable signing to direct you. Its appearance is slightly misleading - it's smart and attractive as many old railway buildings can be if looked after - but it's actually a pub with an open drinking area at one end. Parking is provided for the pub's clients, but rail users are allowed to share it. Once on the platform, however, Codsall's facilities drop to two small bus shelters and an uninspired 1883 Great Western passenger overbridge. The station side has easy access, and a separate ramp takes you up from the road to the far platform. Wheels: WS.

Albrighton Plan ALBRIGHTON is very much akin to Codsall in geography and first appearance, but it's downhill from there. A similar station building is closed and shuttered, but in common with its partner on the return side it still retains its sheltering canopies, and both sides have small bus shelters and a handful of seats. Unusually, there is additional shelter under the staircases of the passenger overbridge. The Shrewsbury platform has an easy approach, but the other side is only accessible by the overbridge. Albrighton's parking is limited to the approach road, which will take something like 20 cars.Wheels: WS.

Cosford Plan COSFORD - unlike its neighbours, this is a basic station on stilts with wooden buildings at line level and staircases up from the ground below. There is no other access. The buildings give a lot of shelter (but not much seating) - probably to meet the needs of servicemen going on leave. Finding the station is simple: you just follow the signs for the camp entrance and overshoot it by about 10 yards. The original ground-level station buildings are now in commercial use, and there is no ticket office. There is a small amount of parking but it may not officially be for rail users. Wheels: WS.

Shifnal Plan SHIFNAL station does not appear to be well signed, but the bridge across one end of the shopping street should be a valuable hint. One entrance is immediately by the bridge on the north side of the road. This is a pedestrian approach only, with steps and a long covered incline. Alternatively, Astley Street runs along the other side of the bridge before curving slightly away from it, and after about 100 yards offers an unmarked right turn that leads up to the station and a small amount of parking. Both approaches reach the station at the same point, close to an overbridge which is the only way across to the Walsall platform. There is no ticket office, but there are bus shelters on both platforms with perch bars inside. Wheels: WS.

Telford Plan TELFORD CENTRAL lies close to Queensway, and is reached by Euston Way, a spur off the Hollins Gate/Telford Way roundabout near Priorslee. (Telford is a place where you really need to know where you're going before you set out, since it trumps even Sheffield's city planners in confusing the unwary driver.) The spur leads to a one-way system round a large free parking area which is still not large enough for the demand, so there's a lot of parking on verges, etc. Disabled parking is clearly signed (with a symbol on top of a mast), but given the pressure on parking, that won't guarantee a space.

Being a new town, Telford has a new station, and is well provided with ramps and so forth for easy access, and indeed the ramping system also bridges over the Queensway dual carriageway towards the town centre. The main building is on the Walsall side and includes a ticket office, drinks machines, a full-size replica of Trevithick's pioneering 1803 locomotive for people who remember those days, and a reasonable sized foyer but very little seating. The building also has a short canopy on the platform side to give shelter, and there is a waiting room on the opposite platform for the same purpose (though we didn't notice if it was wheelchair-friendly, and there's no alternative shelter if it's locked). Taxis and buses appear to call at the station, and there is also a convenient bus stop on Queensway just a few yards from the Shrewsbury platform. Overall: not perfect, but trying hard. Wheels: WS.

Oakengates Plan OAKENGATES is well signed and lies up the hill (Lion Street) from the local shopping streets. There, a large roundabout with an entry between the Salvation Army and a medical centre (both big, modern buildings) points you straight at the Station House dental practice, which wears a sign big enough to be visible from Mars, so you should see it. There are various parking areas, but a small row to the right is probably the one you're intended to use. The station entrance is nearby. The station itself is two platforms linked by an overbridge. Since the station building has gone private, there is no ticket office - just a large bus shelter on each platform to escape the elements. There is a footpath to the platform on the far side, and a housing estate beyond, but we didn't have time to explore how accessible the station was from this side, so treat our wheels rating with caution. Wheels: WS.

Wellington Plan WELLINGTON is one of those towns whose name disappears off local signs, whose station is only signed from certain approaches, and where a bus shelter can be built bang up against a roundabout sign to hide a large part of it. A visit at night in the rain was not one of our most joyous experiences. But the station itself is quite respectable and very close to the town centre (albeit caught up in the central traffic system). Station Road is a narrow slope down from Church Street with yellow lines everywhere except in the taxi rank and there is no public parking offered here at all. The ticket office (Shrewsbury side) is open from early morning to lunchtime, after which the station is unstaffed. There are traditional buildings on both platforms with extended canopies, but neither side offers a waiting room, though the Shrewsbury side does have a cafe. The overbridge is steps only, but the Walsall/Birmingham platform has a ramp to give access to the nearby street and car park. Originally, another track ran down this platform's other face, but this has now been filled in and fenced off. Wheeled access is long-winded between platforms (e.g. from the ticket office) but otherwise appears reasonable. Wheels: WS.

Shrewsbury FrontageSHREWSBURY Like many stations, Shrewsbury has seen grander days, but most of its grandeur is still intact. Built as a combined station and hotel, it is a big, imposing building, with crenellations in mimicry of its close neighbour, Shrewsbury Castle. It is located at the edge of the main shopping area, though you have to trek uphill to the shops (this is standard for Shrewsbury as the town centre sits on top of a hill and everything is down or up). Its forecourt allows limited parking only, with a set-down area. The entrance is canopied in front of a ticket office and separate information area on opposite sides of a short, level subway.
Shrewsbury PlanThis leads to steps and a lift up to the main platform, which has four numbers: 4 and 7 are the main faces, while 5 and 6 lie in a bay at the southern end. (Platforms 1 and 2 have disappeared, and platform 3, just above the station entrance is now only used in special circumstances.) The main platform offers toilets (by the bay) and refreshments. Behind the station is a pay-and-display parking area, though you have to drive round and under the station, then up Howard Street to reach it. Once on foot, there is a level, roofed overbridge (by a sign that says The Dana) that will take you directly to the station building - the quick way down involves 35 steps, but staying on the sloping path gives wheelchairs (etc.) a longer-winded but easier route. Wheels: WS.

Shrewsbury also serves the Chester-Hereford line. Click here to transfer to our guide for that line.
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Birmingham - Leicester
Birmingham - Lichfield
Birmingham - Redditch & Worcester
Birmingham - Rugeley
Birmingham - Stratford-upon-Avon
Bristol - Exeter
Cheltenham Spa - Cardiff
Chester - Hereford & Cardiff
Chester - Llandudno
Crewe - Shrewsbury
Crewe & Stoke - Wolverhampton & Birmingham
Derby & Nottingham - Bedford & London
Ipswich - Cambridge & Norwich
Leamington Spa - London
Leamington Spa - Oxford
Leicester - Cambridge
Lowestoft - Ipswich
Manchester - Crewe via M. Airport
Manchester - Crewe via Stockport
Norwich - Cambridge
Norwich - Great Yarmouth
Norwich - Lowestoft
Norwich - Sheringham
Nottingham - Grantham
Oxford - Bicester
Shrewsbury - Llandrindod
Stafford - Rugby via Trent Valley
Stoke-on-Trent - Derby      
Walsall - Shrewsbury
Worcester - Hereford
Worcester - Oxford
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