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Dudley to Brierley Hill Metro link final leg hits cash shortfall

A troubled Black Country Metro extension will end one stop early unless a funding shortfall is met.

The second phase of the extension is set to run from Flood Street in Dudley towards Brierley Hill

Commuters could be asked to walk, cycle or bus the last leg of the Wednesbury-Brierley Hill Metro line after bosses admitted they don't have the cash to finish it.

The 6.8-mile route has already been split into two phases after costs ballooned to more than £550million due to inflation and supply chain issues.

Now construction of the second phase from Dudley town centre to Brierley Hill has been carved up into smaller chunks due to a major funding shortfall.

At a meeting next week the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is set to sign off on a funding package that will see work start on a rejigged second phase dogged by financial issues.