Campaigns for the resurrection of Castle Vale (formerly Castle Bromwich) Railway station are gathering momentum. Lib Dem Councillor Ann Holtom, and prospective Conservative candidate Derek Johnson have been busy drumming up support for the station, following the re-opening of nearby Coleshill Station in August.
Castle Vale Station used to be situated near to the Chester Road bridge opposite B&Q, on the line between Birmingham New Street and Derby. It was closed in 1968 and demolished in the mid 70s.
The photograph of the old station, taken in the mid 50s, may bring back memories for some. The advert on the wall of the station is for Ecko – suppliers of radio and television sets… remember those?
The original plans for the regeneration of Castle Vale included having a tramway running through the estate, and a railway station based in Cadbury Drive. It also included plans to create two separate ‘villages’ out of the one estate.