Foley Park

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Foley Park is an area of Kidderminster, part of the Foley Park & Hoobrook ward of Wyre Forest District Council, through which the Kidderminster Loop Line runs. It was formerly home to a large sugar beet processing factory and associated sidings, owned by the British Sugar Corporation and subsequently extensively developed. After the cessation of BRBritish Rail or British Railways services between Bewdley and Kidderminster in 1970 and until the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society extension to Kidderminster Town Station in 1984, Foley Park served as the boundary between the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society and BRBritish Rail or British Railways. The name can refer to several railway-related features:

  • Foley Park Halt, open between 1905 and 1970.
  • Foley Park sidings, serving the British Sugar Corporation and Smethwick Drop Forgings.
  • Ground Frames at Foley Park, covering several ground frames related to the sidings and the BRBritish Rail or British Railways/SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society boundary.
  • Gravel Pit at Foley Park shown in the 1902 Ordnance Survey map.

The area includes the site of a possible future station serving the Safari Park and developments of the Sugar works site, and mooted from time-to-time for an extension of mainline services.

It also includes the site of the proposed Wagon shed.

See also