Changes to bus services in Wolverhampton come in to effect this weekend. They are being introduced from start of service on Sunday 18 March as work gets underway to extend the Midland Metro tram through Pipers Row to the Railway Station as part of the £150 million Wolverhampton Interchange.
The works in Pipers Row will mean some services currently using the adjoining bus station will be affected. Some will have different stops inside the station while others will have temporary stops outside.
Bus users should go to the Network West Midlands website for more details on how their service may be affected.
Wolverhampton Business Improvement District director Cherry Shine urged people not to be put off coming into the city centre as work on the extension gets underway. She said: “The tram extension project is an exciting development for the city of Wolverhampton. There are lots of great shops, bars, hotels, theatres and attractions that are all open as usual during the this next stage of construction and we are working closely with the Interchange Partnership to ensure it’s business as usual for all of our businesses and visitors.”
Jon Hayes, head of network delivery for Transport for West Midlands, part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), said: “We recognise that these works may cause some short-term inconvenience but the benefits to the City of Wolverhampton once they are complete will be huge. We thank everyone for their patience and co-operation during these works and would urge anyone who uses these bus services to check how they may be affected.”
The Wolverhampton City Centre tram extension is being planned, designed and built by the Midland Metro Alliance on behalf of the WMCA. It will branch off from the existing route, just before the current terminus at Wolverhampton St. George’s, to the Railway Station via Pipers Row.
Enabling works will start in Pipers Row from Sunday, with the road being closed to all traffic. The main construction on the tram route will commence after the Easter Bank holiday weekend, and is due to complete in late summer.
The extension is part of the Wolverhampton Interchange, a construction project to create a renewed transport gateway for the city, including a new Railway Station connected the bus and tram network via the extended tram route.
The tram will open for passenger service following the completion of the Railway Station construction, which is scheduled for 2020.