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Green light for Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro funding

The £449m plan to bring the west Midland Metro through Dudley borough was today given the green light. The West Midlands Combined Authority gave the final go-ahead for the cash to finance the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill light rail link. It is the "final hurdle" for the highly anticipated project, which will link Dudley with Birmingham, Wolverhampton and the national rail network.

Work will start later this year on the scheme which is projected to trigger 2,000 new homes a year, almost one million square feet of prime commercial space and 34,000 permanent jobs. It will also improve connectivity to the DY5 business and innovation enterprise zone at Waterfront in Brierley Hill, as well as linking in with the planned multi-million pound transport interchange in Dudley town centre. The Wednesbury to Brierley Hill route is being planned, designed and delivered by the Midland Metro Alliance, on behalf of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), which is part of the WMCA.

Once up and running there will be up to 17 new stops along the 11 kilometres of track. The new system will also reduce journey times by half compared to travelling by bus.

23 March 2019

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