The Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury Line
is the railway line from Wolverhampton
via Wellington, it was originally built by the Shrewsbury and Birmingham Railway
. The line is double track throughout, with rarely used relief sidings at Cosford and 4 tracks through Wellington station. The electrification from Stafford Road Junction to Oxley
, is provided solely to enable electric stock to access Oxley depot and is therefore constructed as a "tram wire" suitable for low speeds only.
Signalling is centred at Madeley Junction. Towards Wolverhampton, Oxley signal box takes over and towards Shrewsbury, Abbey Foregate Junction signal box.
The towns and villages served by the route are listed below, East to West.
Arriva Trains Wales
, London Midland
and Wrexham & Shropshire
all operate passenger trains on this line. Westbound, some trains go beyond Shrewsbury to Chester
while eastbound, services continue beyond Wolverhampton to Birmingham New Street
or to London Marylebone
. Wrexham & Shropshire services call at Wolverhampton
solely to set down passengers travelling southbound and to pick up passengers northbound.
line, which serves Ironbridge Power Station
to the south of Telford
, joins the Wolverhampton-Shrewsbury Line at Madeley Junction, which is between the Telford Central and Shifnal stations. Coal trains (EWS
) use the route, supplying the power station.