Reopening the old railway line from Stafford to Wellington

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This is a good idea to reopen this line as it would link up to County Towns of Shropshire and Staffordshire instead of going via Wolverhampton and Crewe to get to Shropshire or even Wales Passenger services on the Stafford to Wellington section ended on 7 September 1964. Goods services ceased between Stafford and Newport on 1 August 1966 and this branch from Wellington was cut back to Donnington on 22 November 1969. The last remaining stretch of track, from Wellington to Donnington, was lifted in 1991.

 

 

A single-track stretch of the line measuring approximately three kilometres in length was reinstated in 2008 and 2009, linking Wellington to the newly built Telford International Freight Park. The Shrewsbury and Wellington section is still in use today by Arriva Trains Wales 

In June 2009, the Association of Train Operating Companies, in its Connecting Communities Expanding Access to the Rail Network report, called for funding for the reopening of the line from Stafford to Wellington as part of a £500m scheme to open 33 stations on 14 lines closed in the Beeching Axe including seven new parkway stations.

In March 2011 a group called the Shropshire, Telford and the Marches Strategic Rail Group voted to lobby government to invest in reopening the line, which included building new stations serving Donnington in north Telford, Newport, Shropshire and Gnosall, stating that it would be a quicker alternative for a direct link to Capital (London) the estimated cost of this would be roughly £230 million.



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