Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has secured £150,000 of government funding to take forward plans to open a new railway station at Aldridge.
The station was closed under the controversial Beeching cuts of the 1960s.
Now, the funding, from the Department for Transport’s Restoring Our Railway programme, will help cover the cost of developing a business case, including the case for electrification of the line to deliver a brand new rail service between Walsall and Aldridge.
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and chair of the WMCA, said:
“It is fantastic news that we have secured this funding from the Department for Transport to progress our plans for Aldridge Station – thanks to the Restoring Your Railway programme."
Cllr Adrian Andrew, deputy leader of Walsall Council, said:
“This funding is great news. The new stations at Aldridge and at Darlaston will open up new opportunities for residents. Improving the rail infrastructure in Walsall is a boost for leisure and employment and makes the borough an increasingly attractive place for developers to invest.”