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Did you know that we publish a quarterly newsletter on the progress of the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension?

This is the latest edition of Connecting Sandwell & Dudley and back issues of other route newsletters can be found by visiting Publications.

Extension Overview

The 11km extension will branch off the current West Midlands Metro line just east of the Wednesbury Great Western Street Metro stop, before heading through Tipton and Dudley on its way to Brierley Hill. There are plans for up to 17 Metro stops (including a number of provisional ones).

Investigations are taking place as to whether sections of the route can be operated using batteries rather than traditional overhead wires. An additional Metro depot will be needed to accommodate the extended fleet of trams that will run services on all of the planned extensions.

 

The headline benefits of this route are…

  • Attracting investment and regeneration to Brierley Hill and Dudley town centre
  • An important driver for this route is the creation of a link from this part of the Black Country to HS2 and everywhere in-between supporting economic growth by linking jobs and people
  • The Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Extension will enhance public transport accessibility across the Black Country as a whole and reduce journey times as well as improve air quality and reduce noise

Find out what the locals think about this project in this video.

What is the outline programme for delivery?

The business case and business case appendices were submitted to government on 19 June 2017.

The Transport and Works Act Order documentation for the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill extension can be found on the Transport for West Midlands website. This was granted by the Department for Transport (DfT) in 2005 and planning permission was implemented in 2009.

The government recently announced £250m funding for transport infrastructure in the West Midlands from the Transforming Cities Fund which will be used to partly fund this extension.

Some preparatory work has already been completed with vegetation clearance and ecological surveys taking place during 2017 and 2018. Currently we are reviewing the results of the preparatory investigative work we carried out to create affordable and buildable design solutions. Some advance utlitlity work has also taken place in Dudley town centre.

Passenger services are expecting to begin by 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is work likely to start?

Some preparatory work was done in 2017 with vegetation clearance and ecological surveys taking place. in 2018, structural surveys works on bridges and structures along the route were carried out.

How long is the work going to take?

Passenger services are expecting to begin to Dudley by 2023.

What benefits will the route bring to the Dudley and Brierley Hill area?

An important driver for this route is the creation of a link from this part of the Black Country to HS2 and everywhere in between. The tram route will enhance public transport accessibility across the Black Country as a whole and reduce journey times between strategic centres of the region, particularly Dudley town centre, as well as provide easy access to the Merry Hill shopping centre.

Will the works cause disruption?

Unavoidably, there will be some disruption during the works but we aim to minimise this wherever possible.