Power station redevelopment could pave the way for Ironbridge steam return

THE Telford Steam Railway (TSR) is hopeful that a proposed redevelopment of the former Ironbridge power station could see steam-hauled services return to Coalbrookdale and the banks of the River Severn once again.

The 350-acre power station site was acquired for development in 2018 by the Harworth Group, a project that could include hundreds of new homes and retail/office premises. 

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Three million tonnes of ash, sand and gravel will need clearing from the site before any construction can begin, and the Harworth Group not only wants to use the mothballed Ironbridge branch to extract it, but also upgrade the route for passenger use.

Read more in the August 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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