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  • The Chase Line

Thanks to our volunteers, the station transformation has only just begun…

The largest Station Adoption Group in the West Midlands region have a powerful vision to install a modernised vintage railway carriage on unused land adjacent to Hednesford railway station.

An artists impression of the new Hednesford Community Hub

The fully restored BR railway carriage and coal wagon will be sited on a section of track located alongside the town centre Anglesey Street Car Park and will provide a community hub and gardens with accessible facilities and Incredible Edible planting.

Alongside the creation of a powerful visitor attraction for the town, the renovated carriage will also function as community space for town residents and rail users, providing stunning accommodation for community groups, book clubs, social tea parties and myriad local gatherings.

Facilities to feature on the site include:

  • Café – based in a fully restored railway carriage

  • Leisure Garden – created from scratch and featuring a Community Hub

  • A Restored Coal Wagon – in recognition of the local mines

  • Edible Planting Boxes

  • Outdoor Seating

  • A Greenhouse

  • Cycle Rack

Fay Easton, Head of Stakeholder and Community for West Midlands Railway, said “This inspired concept will provide a centrally-located community hub amenity for the town centre and will also convert a ‘waste’ piece of ground into a striking setting for a vintage railway carriage which will bring visitors from miles around. The community group work tirelessly for the benefit of Hednesford and West Midlands Railway have been honoured to work with the volunteers over the years as they have enhanced the platforms at the station and we now look forward to supporting where we can as the group bring this visionary project to life.

The project has been made possible thanks to the dedication of volunteers from the Heart of Hednesford Station Adoption Group, together with a £105,000 grant from West Midlands Railway’s ‘Your Community, Your Fund’ scheme.

The ‘Your Community, Your Fund’ scheme is funded by the Department for Transport. Under the scheme, West Midlands Railway and sister company London Northwestern Railway will invest a total of £1.7million in dozens of community projects across the network in coming months.

David Wisehall, a trustee of the Chase Line Community Station Partnership said “This is an ambitious and unique project for the town centre. The community hub will make productive use of an area of disused space at the edge of the town car park that adjoins the railway station. This will be a unique venue and a fantastic place for community groups to meet. The scheme will be both environmentally and disability friendly, with the carriage being accessed by ramp and step-free access.We hope to be able to use renewable sources of energy where possible and harvest rainwater for the flower beds and plants on the platforms and in the garden. We will also erect a greenhouse in the garden to grow our own plants for use on the station and also as a source of revenue.

An artists impression of the new Hednesford Community Hub

An artists impression of the new Hednesford Community Hub

An artist's plan of the new Hednesford Community Hub

A plan view of the new Hednesford Community Hub


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