As part of the Wolverhampton Interchange Project, a 700-meter extension will split from the existing Midland Metro route just before the current terminus at Wolverhampton St. George’s. Trams will stop at the city’s bus station on Piper’s Row, before continuing to Wolverhampton Railway Station, allowing easy interchange with other modes of transport.
This tram extension is part of an overall investment in the city in excess of 120m. The projects, which make up the Wolverhampton Interchange Project, will jointly deliver 1,500 jobs and improve transport for the people of Wolverhampton and the Black Country as a whole.
The headline benefits of this route are…
- Significant improvements to interchange with two new stops at the bus station and the railway station encouraging shift from car to public transport;
- A major regeneration initiative bringing much-needed investment as well as new jobs and benefits to the economy of the Black Country;
- Better public transport opens up new opportunities for people seeking work both in Wolverhampton and the wider West Midlands area;
- Improving connectivity to High Speed Rail for Wolverhampton when HS2 is built.
What is the outline programme for delivery?
The Transport and Works Act Order was made in June 2016 meaning that the Midland Metro Alliance now has the powers necessary for the construction, operation and maintenance of the extension.
Preparatory works to divert utilities commenced in summer 2017 and will be complete in spring 2018.
The works are part of the Wolverhampton Interchange Project and we will be working closely with the City of Wolverhampton Council and the contractors for the city’s new railway station to ensure our extension works can be undertaken at a suitable time for all.
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 to the railway station: Six minute service during peak times with a 15 minute service off-peak. With two to four trams per hour serving Wolverhampton St George’s.
- Monday to Friday: 04:40 to 00:15
- Saturday: 04:40 to 01:00
- Sunday: 07:20 to 00:10 at 15 minute frequency
What are the main features of the route?
The route will be made up of 700 metres of twin and single track which departs from the existing Midland Metro line at Bilston Street junction and runs along Piper’s Row before turning onto Railway Drive and continuing to a new terminus outside the train station.
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We will work to retain bus services along Piper’s Row and to minimise disruption throughout the works. The railway station itself is the subject of a major scheme of redevelopment.
The extension forms part of the Wolverhampton Interchange Project (funded by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership) which is a major 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.