The MIAC was advised in 12/2008 that the proposal
detailed below had been abandoned and that the route is to be dug up
including demolition of the bridge on the A38 road at the east end of
the old Longbridge Station. It would seem that the commercial
interests of the developer of the site have been placed above that of
the public interest and the obvious benefits that a railway would
bring to the people living in the area who have been ignored for the
sake of yet more empty offices and shops. This environmental crime is
sheer madness but perhaps what one could expect from organisations
who laid down a mickey mouse Tramway system between Wolverhampton and
Birmingham (instead of the more obvious railway) and who previously
to that had closed Birmingham Show Hill station (1972) only to later
re-open it (1986) and then gave away one platform for the Metro!
In September 2002, Centro and Birmingham City
Council made public various consultants reports showing the
feasibility of reopening the southern end of the Halesowen line from
the existing junction at Longbridge through the Rover/MG sidings past
the existing buffer stops to new stations at Rubery Lane and
Frankley. The proposed station at Rubery Lane is to be situated at
the point on the line where the former Hollymoor
Hospital line was laid down in 1901.The map and details below were published by Centro
in a newsletter to season ticket holders.
This photograph, taken by Andrew Smith on 27th April 1996 shows the buffer stops in the distance
at the end of the line. This section of line was removed in 2007.
Looking back towards Longbridge the track bed was
been turned into a private road to the now closed Rover car factory
This view is looking towards Frankley. In the
background was the location of the proposed Rubery Lane Station.
This photograph taken on a wet autumn day shows
Rubery Lane with the proposed railway station site on the left. The
line was planned to continue to a new station at Rubery.