As works get underway to extend Midland Metro further into the city the following changes will come into effect from Tuesday 29 August 2017: Parking in the city...Read More
- Utility diversion works are progressing well in advance of the main construction works. The works within the adopted NCP car park have been completed and work to rebuild the manhole on Railway Drive has started.
- With the current Metro works taking place in Wolverhampton City centre as part of the Wolverhampton Interchange Project, there will be an overnight closure on Tuesday 15 August on the Bilston Street island exit onto Bilston Street. This will be from 12 am till 4 am. A diversion route is in place for those that need to access Bilston Street during those hours.
What are the main features of the route?
0.7km of twin and single track departing from the existing Metro line at Bilston Street junction and running along Pipers Row before turning onto Railway Drive and continuing to a new terminus outside the train station. There will also be an interim stop serving the bus station on Pipers Row. We will work to retain bus services along Pipers Row and to minimise disruption throughout the works. The station itself is the subject of a major scheme of redevelopment.
The extension forms part of the Wolverhampton Interchange Project (funded by BCLEP) which is a major mixed use regeneration project to extend the multi-storey car park and construct a new improved station building. There will also be major commercial and leisure developments representing a total in excess of £120m of investment, delivering over 1,500 jobs and improving transport for the people of Wolverhampton and the Black Country as a whole. More details can be found here.
On 24th June 2016, the Secretary of State announced his decision to make the Wolverhampton City Centre Extension Order (notice & decision letter).
For a detailed walk through of how the Metro fits in with the Wolverhampton Interchange Project, please click here.
What are the benefits of undertaking the extension?
- Significant improvements to interchange with two new stops at the Bus Station and the Railway Station
- Encouraging Modal shift from car to public transport with the inherent environmental and social benefits arising
- Supporting a major regeneration initiative representing in excess of £120m investment, bringing much needed investment and new jobs and add to the economy of the Black Country
- Improving access to employment and opening up new opportunities for people seeking work both in Wolverhampton and the wider West Midlands area
- Improving connectivity to High Speed Rail for Wolverhampton
What is the outline programme for delivery?
The Transport and Works Act Order has been made during June 2016, meaning we have the powers necessary for the construction, operation and maintenance of the extension. Works to divert utilities are planned to start this summer and take around one year to complete. Thereafter the main works of construction will be taken forward and after testing and commissioning will bring the extension into operation during 2019. We are developing initial traffic management plans to minimise disruption for the enabling works and will soon begin consultation with stakeholders and the general public.
What service is expected to run on the extension?
- Service frequency: 6 minute service to the railway station. 15 minute off peak. 2 to 4 trams per hour to St Georges
- Monday to Friday Service: 04:40 to 00:15; Saturday Service: 04:40 to 01:00
- Sunday Service: 07:20 to 00:10 at 15 minute frequency
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