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Your views wanted over Tettenhall railway station plan

By Liam Keen | Tettenhall | Transport | Published:

A new railway station could open in Tettenhall after a survey was launched for residents’ views.

Mayor Andy Street and Stuart Anderson, prospective MP for Wolverhampton South West

It comes after South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson called for a railway station in the area.

The Education Secretary claimed it would drive economic growth across the Black Country and South Staffordshire.

Now, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has joined local councillors and parliamentary candidate for Wolverhampton South West Stuart Anderson in launching a survey to gauge opinion.

It follows proposals to reopen stations in Darlaston, Willenhall and Aldridge.

'Energise communities'

Mr Street said: “Public transport, access to services and economic opportunities all need to be improved for Wolverhampton residents.

“That’s why we believe it’s time to seriously look at providing a new railway station for Tettenhall, Aldersley and the surrounding communities.”

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“Across the West Midlands real progress is being made on re-opening stations for communities in Birmingham and Walsall – if there, why not here?

“We have seen how plans for new railway stations across the West Midlands can energise communities.

“They open up new opportunities for residents and help attract investment and business.

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“I urge Tettenhall people to fill in the survey and let us know if they back this ambitious idea for a new station in Tettenhall.”

Stuart Anderson, prospective MP for Wolverhampton South West, Councillor Wendy Thompson, Mayor Andy Street and Tettenhall Regis Councillor Sohail Khan

A survey will now be posted through doors to thousands of residents to assess the level of support for the plan.

It will ask what destinations residents want to reach by rail from a new station, how often they would use it and what it should be called.

Mr Anderson said: “A station would link this area with Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Coventry to the east and Shrewsbury and Telford to the west.

"The first step is to find out if this idea has community support, and if the support in the community is strong enough, we can take the campaign forward.”

Tettenhall councillor Wendy Thompson, the leader of the Conservative opposition on Wolverhampton Council, previously backed Mr Williamson’s comments in pushing for a new station in the ward.

She said: “Residents can help us by filling in their survey, which will enable us to understand the level of support, to help make the case for progressing with the idea.

“The next stage would then be securing an official feasibility study and a business case.

“This is what has already happened in areas where plans for new stations are more advanced.”

People can visit the survey online by visiting https://www.stuartanderson.org.uk/stationsurvey.

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Sports Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Sports journalist at the Express & Star, primarily covering Walsall FC and grassroots sport across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319456.

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