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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.


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.