More than 1,200 sign against rail sleeper factory plan near Bescot station and M6

By Carl Jackson | Walsall | News | Published:

Hundreds more people have declared their opposition to a proposal for a railway sleeper factory.

The derelict site

In less than a week a petition against the scheme, which could be built at Bescot railway sidings in Friar Park, has topped 1,200 signatures.

Network Rail say the facility will create 100 jobs and produce 600,000 concrete sleepers a year.

But scores of residents have raised concerns about the potential impact on health, the roads as well as the vast appearance of the new building.


More than 700 people had signed the petition on Wednesday when Network Rail held a meeting to discuss the scheme.

That number has now increased by 400 while a paper petition is also doing the rounds.

The intention is to hand the petitions in to Sandwell Council which will have to decide on any formal planning application expected to be submitted by Network Rail.

See the petition at

Carl Jackson

By Carl Jackson
Reporter - @cjackson_star

Senior reporter for Staffordshire and Walsall.


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