Road shut for six weeks as Metro line rail bridge removed
A section of a major Black Country road will close completely to traffic later this month as work to remove a railway bridge on the anticipated Metro route gets underway.
Those travelling along Sedgley Road East in Tipton over the summer are being asked to leave more time for their journeys and to follow diversions, as part of the road will close from July 27.
Public transport users are also being advised that bus services in the area may run on amended routes. Pedestrian diversions will be in place as footpaths beneath the bridge are temporarily closed. It is hoped that the closures will be lifted in time for the return to school in September.
Ian Collins, project director said: “The works to remove the tired bridge over Sedgley Road, near to Coneygre Community Centre and Sacred Heart Primary School, is an exciting step forward in this project. We do, however, recognise for those in the Tipton area the localised closure necessary for us to remove the bridge safely will unfortunately cause some slight disruption.
"We have therefore planned these works to happen during the six weeks summer holidays to minimise the impact of the works as much as possible. We will return in the future to rebuild a completely new bridge at the same location fit to carry the new metro extension between Wednesbury and Brierley Hill and onwards along the existing line to Wolverhampton and Birmingham."
The Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension will boost public transport in the Black Country, providing links to the existing heavy and light rail networks.