Calls for trams to travel from centre to station in extension plan

A row has broken out over the route of a multi-million pound extension planned for the Midland Metro in the Black Country.

An artist's impression shows how the Midland Metro would look when expanded to Wolverhampton bus station.
An artist's impression shows how the Midland Metro would look when expanded to Wolverhampton bus station.

Transport chiefs are still working on plans for the £30 million expansion of tram lines in Wolverhampton.

But the current proposals would see trams travel to either St George's terminus in the city centre or to the proposed new terminus at the city's bus station- not both.

The Campaign for Rail has called on transport authority Centro to reassess the plans amid concerns it could lead to confusion.

Members say the trams should travel to St George's, before the driver swaps ends and then steers the vehicle along Piper's Row to the city's bus station.

But Centro says trams calling at both stops would mean 'unnecessarily longer journeys'.

Ian Jenkins, spokesman for Campaign for Rail, said: "At the moment, some of the trams would be going to St George's and some would be going to the railway and bus station.

"We don't understand why this is.

"I think people will be confused and may end up not knowing what station to go to to catch the tram at certain times.

"The better alternative would be to run them into St George's, get the driver to go up the other end and then it can travel back out to the bus station.

"We think it will be the most sensible way and will give public confidence."

A public consultation took place earlier this year over the plans.

But Paul Griffiths, Metro and Sprint programme director for Centro, said trams stopping at both stops would mean drivers stopping at St George's and walking to the other side of the tram before carying on down Piper's Row.

"It makes more sense for services to go direct to the station when there is a demand at peak periods, then to St George's during the day when more people want use the shops," he said.

"As such we will be investing in St George's but we have still to decide on the exact timetabling.

"We will be working closely with Wolverhampton City Council and consulting with the public and other groups to establish what level of service to both stops will work best for the city."

Work is currently being carried out on an extension of the Metro line in Birmingham, linking its current terminus in Snow Hill with New Street station.

Meanwhile, five months of work will get under way in July on improvements to the tram tracks along Bilston Street, in Wolverhampton.

Comments for: "Calls for trams to travel from centre to station in extension plan"

Ivor

Confusion.? the C in CENTRO stands for confused, this lot of mega paid councilors couldn't " plan" a booze up if you gave them a bottle.

This should have always gone to Wolves Low level, they designed a complete dogs dinner using useless imported trams

that break down in heavy rain when it should have been taken back to heavy rail with normal train stock from the network

We now have

Trams to big for stations

Stations closed

What a complete mess , but they will press on throwing away more tax money, trying to get it work

The Government has got to close CENTRO so we can have a sensible transport system

PJW Holland

Indeed. They do not even have to take the trams via Low Level, although it is probably the best route. They can be diverted along Walsall Street (or parallel to it) and then pass beneath existing arches beneath the mainline to emerge at the station, then along Lichfield Street to Queen Square...

Not exactly brain surgery is it?

PaulP

I fail to see the need for the Trams to be routed to the bus and railway stations which are only a couple of minutes walk away, all it will do is slow down the departures of the buses leaving the bus station and cause more traffic jams in pipers row, at the projected cost of £30 million it is an unnecessary waste of taxpayers money.

martin

Didn't the original proposal for the Wolverhampton extension involve trams going to the station via Market Street and Lichfield Street? This would have been more sensible, which no doubt is why it won't be done this way!

nerdegem

I don't know why they can't continue down Dudley Street or Market Street before looping back eliminating this crazy situation. Or just say that the trams terminate at the bus station and get rid of St Georges.

jason.smith.796569

Typical centro spend all the money on the birmingham end and then argue about which stop at the wolverhampton end they want the the tram to stop.

Wulfy

Wasn't it Centro who carried out public consultation of the new bus station only to alter many services from terminating there causing commuters (who linked from the bus station to the train station) to walk across town. They didn't seem to listen much back then?

PJW Holland

It is the wrong route. Gottit?

If they alter the route the problems go away. Brum has not intention of letting Wolverhampton have a viable City Centre tram service. That is the real story.

PJW Holland

no rather than not... dyslexic keyboard.

Hollyh17

As people are less inclined to walk these days the most appealing terminus for the tram would be as close as possible to the MANDER Centre, so why not Cleveland street or even market st outside M&S ... Ideally Lichfield st by art gallery or queens sq but this would incur a greater cost . The general consensus is our city is on the decline that's why people choose the merry hill centre ( the extra fuel cost is off set by the free parking which WTON cannot offer) so our city needs to make a statement to the disillusioned

dave.clare.77

What happened to the loop idea? From St George's down to the railway station via Market street and bus station then round the loop to the Royal again and back to Birmingham. The land was cleared ready for this by the railway station ages ago.

JJ

I'd rather see neither happen, save there money and put it towards the long overdue services to merry hill and walsall.

The Voice of Reason

The Metro is of no use to the majority of people who live in or around the city. This is a waste of money.