SO9598 : Cycleway on disused railway

taken 14 years ago, near to Willenhall, Walsall, Great Britain

Cycleway on disused railway
Cycleway on disused railway
This cycleway follows part of the disused railway on the edge of the Memorial Park in Willenhall. The line was opened in 1872 between Wolverhampton and Walsall via Wednesfield and Willenhall. It was closed to passenger traffic in 1931. Closure to goods traffic is believed to be in the early 1960s though a source suggests the slightly earlier date of 1958.
Wolverhampton & Walsall Railway

The Wolverhampton & Walsall Railway opened in 1872 between Heath Town and Walsall via Wednesfield and Willenhall. Originally the line operated with rolling stock provided by the London & North Western Railway and was taken over by L & NW in 1876. Ownership passed to the Midland Railway the following year.

Passenger services operated until 1931 but usage was low and declined in the face of competition from trams and buses.

The line continued in use for freight until the 1960s with final closure for through traffic in 1965 with the construction of the M6 motorway.

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Saturday, 30 September, 2006   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 30 September, 2006
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Railway (disused)   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 959 989 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:35.2732N 2:3.7170W
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