Wednesbury To Brierley Hill
The initial work to clear the overgrown section of the disused railway line on the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill route is now complete. The clearing works took place in order to allow for the next step, a number of detailed structural and environmental surveys to be carried out.
As expected on a disused railway line, the vegetation removal has revealed a large amount of detritus and debris, as well as many uncovered manholes and drains. The manholes and drains have temporarily been made safe, but people are reminded that as the site is an active construction site and therefore not accessible to members of the public.
Below are a number of ‘before and after’ pictures that show the work that the MMA has done to date in order clear this route.
What are the main features of the route?
The Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Extension will run largely along an existing (disused) heavy rail corridor. It will deviate from this corridor to access Dudley town centre, Merry Hill and the terminus at Brierley Hill. The route is 11 kilometres long, and includes 17 stops, including 4 provisional stops.
The route of the proposed scheme branches off the existing Midland Metro line east of the current depot at Wednesbury.
There are park and ride stations proposed as part of the scheme.
We are investigating whether sections of the route can be operated using batteries rather than wires, and we will be looking to build a new depot to accommodate the extended fleet of trams that will run services on this scheme.
Click here to download a leaflet detailing the route, including a map.
The business case and business case appendices were submitted on 19 June 2017.
To see the Transport and Works Act Order documentation for the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill extension on the Transport for West Midlands website, please click here.
What are the benefits of undertaking the extension?
Benefits of undertaking this extension include:
- Attracting inward investment and regeneration to Brierley Hill and Dudley Town Centre
- Supporting economic and population growth by linking jobs and people
- Improving the environment by reducing noise and air pollution around the Black Country by encouraging modal shift to public transport
- Providing a sustainable transport link between the Black Country and Birmingham and the existing national rail network by reusing an existing rail corridor
What is the outline programme for delivery?
The Wednesbury to Brierley Hill extension has an approved Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) which was granted by the DfT in 2005, and planing permission was implemented in 2009. We are currently refreshing the business case to secure “Devolution Deal” funding. One particular issue with this route was clearing the heavily overgrown rail corridor.
In January 2017 we performed vegetation clearing works, which enabled us to access the overgrown areas of this corridor, so that we can carry out environmental and structural surveys.
The current programme is detailed below. It is planned for passenger services to start in 2023.
What service is expected to run on the extension?
- Tram service every 6 minutes during peak, off peak frequency to be confirmed
All images and information on this page are not final and could be subject to change.