Birmingham Rail History – Opening Adderley Park Rail Station.

On being made Chair of Passenger Transport Committee in the West Midlands County Council in August 1981.

Looking back recently I came across this photo it records the role I played in opening  the newly refurbished Inner City Rail station of Adderley Park in Birmingham in those day’s.

Adderley Park station was originally opened on 1st August 1860, a small two-platform on the outskirts of the centre of Birmingham and was used by passengers to access local factories as well as local residents travelling to Birmingham. The passenger platforms were located to the east of Bordesley Green Road, which was crossed the line by overbridge. Access to the platforms was via steps from the roadway with a booking office being provided on each platform.

When I was Chair of the WMCC Passenger Transport Committee – I was also a member of the National Union of Railwaymen at the time.

I remember that it was a big thrill for me to be undertaking that role. I remember feeling very proud at the time, that I was part of an organisation that was going to have such a big impact upon the Second City and the transport future of the huge conurbation of the West Midlands.

Here looking on is Councillor Renee Specter a member of the Passenger Transport Committee , with the Opposition Conservative member of the Committee.


Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more