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Green means go for Wolverhampton City Metro extension


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A significant concrete pour has taken place on Railway Drive in Wolverhampton for the Metro extension, which links bus and train with tram, signalling that the project remains on track following a return to the site earlier in the summer.

The last phase of main construction for the scheme is currently taking place outside the revitalised Station Plaza following the completion of the city’s new railway station. The concrete pour comes ahead of the first tracks being laid in this section later this month.

The Wolverhampton City Centre Metro extension is part of the City of Wolverhampton Council’s and Transport for West Midlands’ plans to create a seamless transport interchange in the city centre. 

Once completed, West Midlands Metro will serve two new tram stops; one at the city’s bus station on Pipers Row; and one at Wolverhampton railway station, allowing people to quickly change between other modes of transport to continue their journeys.

Councillor Steve Evans, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Environment and Climate Change, said: “It was fantastic to see the work underway today for the Metro, and it is all the more impressive that this activity continues to be safely delivered by the team on site with the challenging circumstances of the ongoing pandemic.

“The Interchange is a big part of how we are re-imagining and re-inventing our city centre to help boost the local economy, create jobs and make the most of our neighbouring canalside areas, where we have major housing plans.”

Midland Metro Alliance (MMA), together with local authority partners and Transport for West Midlands, is committed to delivering Metro extensions across Birmingham and the Black Country as part of a collective aim to improve public transport in the region.

Following the Government’s clarification that construction can continue during the pandemic, activity will continue to take place with an abundance of caution and the safety of teams and the public in mind. In a further attempt to protect its staff, the MMA has also rolled out regular lateral flow testing to all those working on the projects.

Paul Brown, MMA Construction Director, added: “I am sure that those who are now using the revitalised railway can now see how much closer we are to opening the Metro line, too.

“We continue to work closely with our partners at City of Wolverhampton Council, Wolverhampton Business Improvement District, Network Rail, West Midlands Trains and Transport for West Midlands to keep local people informed.”

Written by: David Watkins

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