Wolverhampton railway revamp: Closure of road leading to station revealed
The main road to Wolverhampton Railway Station will close to drivers from next month, it has been revealed.
From Sunday, January 8, Railway Drive will become a traffic-free zone as part of multi-million pound works to revamp the station.
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On the same day Corn Hill will become the new entrance to the site for drivers, with people able to pick up and drop off travellers.
Motorists will also be able to enter and exit the station's new car park from this road.
The news comes as bosses today unveiled more detail about the £132m Interchange plan which will see the multi-storey car park extended and the station itself replaced with a new build.
The car park's capacity will be boosted from 450 to more than 800 long stay parking spaces.
Pedestrians and cyclists have been told to use the access route off Pipers Row as part of the new plan, while cyclists will have to walk over the bridge.
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There will also be an increased number of taxis available within a new rank, which will be set up along Corn Hill.
A Metro line will then be installed along Railway Drive to stop at the new look station.
Councillor John Reynolds, cabinet member for city economy, said: "Big changes are happening at the city's railway station which will improve people's journeys in the future.
"The multi-storey car park is on schedule and there is a genuine excitement about work starting on the new state-of-the-art railway station building early in the new year.
"I would urge anyone using the station to make themselves familiar with the new access arrangements."
Chiefs said the access changes are 'the first phase of a new-look station', with works due to begin early next year on demolishing the existing station building and replacing it with a new one.
The new station building will benefit from an enhanced Birmingham New Street-style ticket office, larger passenger concourse, more ticket barriers to ease flow onto and off platforms, and improved retail and café facilities.