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Village train station ‘could be reopened’

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 19, 2014

Alrewas Railway Station

Alrewas Railway Station

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A RAILWAY station on the edge of East Staffordshire which has been closed for nearly half a century could be reopened in the coming years, it is claimed.

Senior figures in Alrewas have said passenger trains could once again stop at the village’s station, with a bid to resurrect it being considered to help ease the strain on the A38, with thousands of homes as well as significant employment to be created nearby over the next two decades.

A recent survey showed that more than 80 per cent of people in the village would support the reopening of the station.

Representations made to both East Staffordshire Borough Council and Lichfield District Council by developers regarding the regeneration of the A38 corridor have suggested improving rail links for communities living near the route

House building giant BDW Trading Limited wants to create an employment hub near Barton under Needwood and build 5,000 houses in the district of Lichfield, while a further 660 homes are set to be built near Branston.

The masterplan also includes the opening of a new station near the National Memorial Arboretum, giving weight to the possibility of a link to nearby Alrewas.

A senior village source and planning expert said there was a realistic possibility the line could reopen, but that it could take ‘15 or 20 years’.

He said: “The big question is how is the A38 going to handle all this? When establishing things that the villagers wanted, the main two that came back were a footbridge over the A38 and opening up the railway station.

“The results from the survey were significant, so you can see the measure of support that is there. It could take 15 or 20 years but it’s realistic and there is definitely support for it.”

“The line is still there, it is still manned. You wouldn’t have to do a lot. All that would be needed would be a platform and a car park.”

The station was closed during the 1960s, though the line is still used as a link to the Bombardier maintenance depot in Barton.

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