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Molineux Subway given old gold and black transformation for Wolves' Premier League return

A subway linking Wolverhampton city centre and Molineux has been given a makeover to mark Wolves' return to the Premier League.

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A design showing how the Molineux Subway will look

The passage, which runs under the ring road, has been decked out in bright Wolves colours and has also been cleaned and painted.

Thousands of fans make the journey through the subway from the city centre on matchdays. Images of Wolves players also adorn the walls of the subway.

Illuminated 'Welcome to the city of Wolverhampton' have also been installed at both ends of the subway and CCTV cameras are being put in.

The first phase of the work at the Molineux end of the subway will be unveiled before Wolves first home game of the season against Everton. The work is a joint effort by Wolves, the city's council and university.

One of the murals showcases some of the university campuses

Professor Geoff Layer, vice-chancellor of the university, said: “The subway is a vital artery which connects the city and is used by thousands of students, fans and visitors every year.

“Working with the club and the council we wanted to make sure that the people using it had a better experience of their visit to Wolverhampton.

“With Wolves back in the Premier League, the university continuing to go from strength to strength and the ongoing regeneration work in the city centre it made absolute sense to work together to transform the space.”

Laurie Dalrymple, managing director of Wolves, said: “We are always looking at ways of improving the experience of fans coming to Molineux, and have invested in making improvements in and around the stadium, so this was a natural progression ahead of the Premier League season.

How the design will look along the side of the subway

“Thousands of people come through the subway every home game and this will brighten up the area, as well as offering supporters and visitors an insight into our history and also that of the university.

“We’re really looking forward to seeing the finished product, and can’t wait for supporters coming to the first match back in the Premier League to see it as well.”

Councillor John Reynolds, cabinet member for city economy, said: “We now boast a Premier League club, and, as a Wolves fan myself, I’m sure the new-look subway will fill supporters with a sense of pride as they walk up to the stadium on matchdays.

“More than £3.7 billion of investment is on site or planned for the city.

"Included in these investment plans are major improvements to the way people move around the city centre - ensuring it is well connected, pleasant and an inviting place to visit.

"This subway project is an example of that and again shows how working closely with two of our city partners – Wolves and the University – we are regenerating the city.”