WOLVERHAMPTON LOW LEVEL

PARCELS DEPOT

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A Birmingham Snow Hill is seen standing at the south-east end of the down platform at Wolverhampton Low Level station shortly before passenger services were withdrawn in 1972. Parcels vans can be seen standing at the up platform.
Photo by Ian Baker

Prior to the final closure of Wolverhampton Low Level it was converted into a parcels depot. The line between the north of the station and Cannock Road Junction closed in 1969 and was lifted. The north end of the station was then converted into a hard standing and loading area. There were alterations to the station and track layout and the depot opened on 6 April 1970. It served an area stretching between Lichfield and Kidderminster and at its height it was handling 8000 parcels per day.

The BR[LMR] timetable for the summer of 1971 showed six departures and six arrivals Monday-to-Friday with an extra train in each direction on Saturdays.

On 6 March 1972 the Snow Hill service was ‘suspended’. It was never reinstated and the main line towards Birmingham was closed and lifted. This left only the former MR connection to the Walsall line.

The signal box was closed after the last passenger trains had left.

Parcels trains worked in from the former MR line via Heath Town Junction. There was a fleet of nearly 50 road vans to serve the depot and it became so successful that extra sidings had to be laid.

Despite the success of the depot a change in the BR parcel handling policy led to the Wolverhampton Low Level depot being closed on 1 June 1981. The Engineers’ Department continued to use it until May 1986 which was shortly after the station had been given Grade II listed status.

After BR had departed from the site the link to the Walsall line was lifted and Wolverhampton City Council purchased the site. The station then lay derelict for many years while a number of proposals were made for its use. It was considered as a terminus for the Midland Metro and as a transport museum.

In 2005 a £30 million development proposal was agreed. The station’s original building was restored and new facilities including a hotel and a retail area were provided. The development was completed by 2014.

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A view of Wolverhampton Low level station looking north-west just before the passenger service was withdrawn in 1972. The station is filled with parcels vans demonstrating how its role had changed.
Photo by Ian Baker

Wolverhampton Low Level station seen looking north-west from the Sun Street bridge in May 1977.
Photo by Nick Catford


The north-western end of Wolverhampton Low Level station seen looking south-east in May 1977. This area of the station had been developed as an area for the BR parcels delivery road vehicles in 1970.
Photo by Nick Catford


Wolverhampton Low Level station seen looking north from the high level line on 4 May 1977.
Photo by Peter Hackney from his Flickr photostream


Parcels vans seen at Wolverhampton Low Level station in 1979.
Photo by Ian Dinmore

Wolverhampton Low Level station looking north-west in June 1984 during the period when it was being used by the engineers department.
Photo by David Rostance from his Flickr photostream


A deserted scene at Wolverhampton Low Level station in June 1984. The parcels depot had closed three years earlier. A class 25 locomotive is seen at the former down platform attached to some parcels vans. The station was used to store old rolling stock.
Photo by David Rostance from his Flickr photostream

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