Merry Hill Centre Celebrates Monorail's Anniversary

June 1st will mark 25 years since the launch of the centres monorail system and joint owners, intu, are celebrating.

Opened in 1991, the elevated transport system survived until 1996 when it was closed amidst concerns over evacuation. However it remains synonymous with the shopping complex with many still mourning its demise. It was dismantled and sold to an Australian shopping centre, where it is still in use.

Central Station is still preserved inside the Dudley shopping centre, above Marks and Spencer, complete with turnstiles, signage and platforms. Intu have rescued items from the stations and will display these at a Monorail memorial exhibit as well as minting limited edition coins to commemorate the silver anniversary. They are appealing to people who have memories of the Monorail, and in particular those who rode the inaugural trip on June 1st 1991, to get in touch.

Centre bosses are also searching for “The Monorail Children” who visited the attraction in 1993. The group were pupils at either Quarry Bank Primary School or Mount Pleasant Primary School and created artwork and projects which the centre still has in storage. Kate Copestake, the centres external PR officer said:

"We still have an archive of the drawings these pupils created - it'd be great to reunite them.

"If you were involved with the Merry Hill Monorail in any way, or simply have fond and fun memories of it in its prime, please do get in touch with us – we’d love to hear from you."

To submit your memories, photos or memorabilia you can contact the team by emailing


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