The Ironbridge Railway Trust was formed in November 2005 and is a Company limited by Guarantee, incorporated in 2007, gaining charitable status in 2009. It was formed for the purpose of promoting sustainable transport into The World Heritage site at Ironbridge, by advocating the reinstatement of the old GWR(Severn Valley – Hartelbury to Shrewsbury via Bridgnorth) branch line through the Ironbridge Gorge, following the redevelopment of former power station site at Buildwas.

The redevelopment of this site represents a unique opportunity to create a complimentary landscape of mixed use development in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The potential of this site was recognised over ten years ago by a small group of volunteers with experience in tourism, railways and architecture. This group formed The Trust and at their own expense, they have gone on to develop proposals of their own for the redevelopment of the power station site, which they believe will bring benefit to the community and the economy of the local district, whilst recognising the sensitivity of the area.

Much research has been undertaken over the last 12 years, but progress has been inhibited by a lack of clarity on the fate of the power station site. However, since its future has now become more apparent, we consider there are enormous opportunities, as we will explain in this document, Including proposals to use of the line to improve access for tourists and visitors, thus providing significant employment and enhanced economic opportunities for Ironbridge.



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