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As seen from Wolverhampton Station in the 1970s

By rob taylor  |  Posted: November 01, 2012

When the ring road was under construction.

When the ring road was under construction.

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ALTHOUGH a Black Country bloke, (I lived in Netherton most of my younger years) I now live in Preston, Lancashire. I still have the family who pass the Bugle on to me after every edition is read.

Whilst searching through some photographs, I found a couple of pictures that were taken from the roof of Wolverhampton High Level Railway station. I took them when I was based there as a Constable in the British Transport Police in the 70's and 80's.

I think they were taken over a three month period late in 1979 or 1980.

As can be seen, they show the old Railway Drive leading from the station up to the Prince Albert Pub.

One is just as the ring road starts to take shape, and the second is when the 'new' bus station bus stops are being constructed.

Before the work, all of the land to the left of the drive all the way up to Queens Building was the Station car park.

I visited Wolverhampton last month, and was amazed how the area around the railway station has changed. An extra platform at High level station, Very smart student accommodation where Low Level parcel depot was, and all new office blocks off Sun Street, No sign of The Wheel Inn anymore. (Although I did pop into the Great Western).

I thought the photos may be of interest to other readers, and open up conversation about that area of town. Thanks for a great, interesting paper, keep up the good work.

Steve Murtagh, Preston ragtag@gmx.com

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