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Wolverhampton Station to get new community hub facility as 'gateway to the city'

A community hub is set to open at Wolverhampton Railway Station, which hopes to celebrate the city as well as offering passengers and residents a place to meet, access business advices and enjoy local art.

A community hub will open at the station in the autumn
A community hub will open at the station in the autumn

The Changemakers scheme is the brainchild of the Wolverhampton Business Improvement District (BID) in a partnership between station operator West Midlands Railway and rail firm CrossCountry.

The facility is being fitted out now ahead of an autumn opening inside the brand-new station building, which fully opened last year following a multi-million-pound redevelopment as part of the Wolverhampton Interchange project - supported by funding from City of Wolverhampton Council, West Midlands Combined Authority and the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership.

The hub has been made possible thanks to a development grant from CrossCountry’s Customer and Communities Improvement Fund, while West Midlands Railway has provided project management and a community licence for the station unit.

Councillor Stephen Simkins, Wolverhampton Council deputy leader and cabinet member for city economy, said: “The new railway station building is symbolic of the multi-billion-pound regeneration that is taking place in our city and the Interchange provides a gateway to Wolverhampton that everyone can be proud of.

“As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions, people are beginning to feel the full benefit of what these impressive new facilities have to offer.

“It is fantastic to see major names operating from the retail units - and the addition of this community hub epitomises what Wolverhampton is all about.

“I’m hoping this acts as a catalyst for further investment in the station by our Interchange partners.

“The railway station development is a big part of how we are transforming our city centre to help boost the local economy, create jobs and make the most of the nearby canalside areas, where we have major housing plans.”

The community hub marks the latest stage of the station redevelopment, with retail giants Costa Coffee and Co-Op Food opening in recent weeks.

The new stores, which have boosted employment in the city, offer new facilities such as phone charging points in the Co-Op.

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