Rail and Midland Metro work gathers pace in Wolverhampton
Work is stepping up on the £150 million scheme to redevelop Wolverhampton’s railway station and metro lines.
The diggers moved in and demolition work began on the ageing train station on September 28, which will pave the way for a brand new station as part of a £150 million plan to regenerate transport in the city.
The demolition scene at the station is now in full flow, with work continuing on the first phase of the plans that saw the former British Transport Police building, which is next to platform one, knocked down.
Following shortly will be phase two of the plans, which will see the current building knocked down and a brand new railway built.
It is expected that the new station will be completed in 2020 and will be connected to the Midland Metro extension plans through St George’s.
A stone’s throw from the station, work is continuing on the Midland Metro line extension on Railway Drive.
The track’s were laid along Pipers Row, which runs alongside the Bus Station, and the road re-opened towards the end of August this year.
The West Midlands Metro passenger service is expected to also begin from 2020.
The £150 million project is a combined effort from Wolverhampton Council, Ion, West Midlands Combined Authority, West Midlands Trains, Virgin Trains, Network Rail, Midlands Metro Alliance, Canal and River Trust, and Black Country Local Enterprise Project.
A spokesman from the Midland Metro Alliance said: “The Wolverhampton City Centre Metro extension is part of the Wolverhampton Interchange and of an overall investment in transport infrastructure in the city in excess of £150m.
"The Wolverhampton Interchange will improve transport links for the people of Wolverhampton and the Black Country.”
Wolverhampton councillor John Reynolds said: “Works are progressing well on the first phase of the railway station programme and dramatic change can already be seen.
“It has been a long-held vision for the council to deliver a new railway station.”