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Light rail route planned to boost Wednesbury town centre linking Metro stop with bus station

A multi-million pound Very Light Rail system is being planned for Wednesbury, which council chiefs say will bring better connectivity, more people and money into the town.


Talks are under way to bring in the pioneering rail system, which would link the bus station to a Metro stop on the edge of town. Bosses said they are ‘very hopeful and optimistic’ about the innovative project, which could be up and running within two years. The scheme will be similar to the successful Stourbridge Shuttle and built by the same firm – Cradley Heath-based Parry People Movers.

The firm’s chairman John Parry said the vision is for a 2km loop around the town centre, which would ‘dramatically change the relationship’ between the town centre and the Metro station in Great Western Street. Sandwell Council leader Steve Eling said the scheme would boost Wednesbury by linking two transport hubs. He said: “We’re looking into a short connection Very Light Rail vehicle…between the Great Western Street Metro stop and the bus station.

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Information From HS2 Supply Chain Roadshow 2016

As part of HS2’s Market Engagement Programme, the ‘HS2 Supply Chain Roadshow 2016’ is being held to provide small, medium and large businesses with an opportunity to find out more about the types of work packages available, understand how to get involved and how to get in the best position to win work.

HS2 Supply Chain Roadshow 1

The events have focussed on HS2 Supply Chain Opportunities, Health and Safety and Building Information Modelling. In addition, participants heard from HS2’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), Skills, Employment and Education, Community Relations and Environment teams.

HS2 Supply Chain Roadshow 2

Businesses should start preparing now. We want you to get on board and play a part in delivering this nationally important project.

To access the documents relating to the Roadshow event click here.

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Breaking news – Midland Metro Alliance to showcase Wolverhampton expansion plans at Meet the HS2 (BIM) design team day

The news just in is that Midland Metro Alliance will be exhibiting at Black Country Growth Hubs – “Meet the HS2 (BIM) Design Team” event taking place on Thursday 14th July 2016 at the Sandwell Business Solutions Centre, BIM Technology & Skills Development Suite, CAP Centre, Windmill Lane, Smethwick 08:00 – 12:00.

Wolverhampton Station Concept 2

Midland Metro Alliance’s senior project team will be taking exhibition space on the day to present plans and conceptual designs for the new metroline expansion and meet with West Midlands firms who aspire to get involved in the regions metro improvement project. Work is already underway on a short Midland Metro extension from Birmingham New Street station to Centenary Square, with the Midland Metro Alliance delivering the project through to 2019. Funding has also been earmarked to extend this line through to Edgbaston by 2021.

Midland Metro Alliance will also be delivering the works for the route to serve the future HS2 station at Curzon Street, then running to Digbeth Coach Station and the Custard Factory. Opening is envisaged by 2023. Work is due to start soon on the £18m extension of the metroline at Wolverhampton station running from Pipers Row through to the new station, which is scheduled to open in 2019. A business case is also being prepared by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) for a route from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill via the Merry Hill shopping centre.

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Enjoy a virtual tour of Wolverhampton’s new railway station

Residents and visitors can this week get a feel of what it will be like inside Wolverhampton Interchange’s new railway station in a virtual fly though video.

Wolverhampton Station 1

The opportunity comes during the ‘Enjoy Wolverhampton’ ten-day programme, which is highlighting the city’s gems and providing a host of free or purse-friendly activities and offers.

The video was screened at the railway station yesterday (Monday) and will be screened again on Thursday and is also available to view on YouTube channel ‘Wolverhampton Today’.

Interchange Partnership staff will be at the railway station on the same days handing out Q&A leaflets about the project. To help keep commuters informed of developments around the railway station the Twitter feed @WVInterchange also went live yesterday (Monday).

Councillor Peter Bilson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Assets, said: “The fly through video really hammers home what a state-of-the-art station railway station the city can look forward to. “Through the Enjoy Wolverhampton July programme we are currently showcasing what the city has to offer and it is important we have a station that gives visitors the best first impression of Wolverhampton.”

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West Midlands Framework success in Metroline Expansion contract

A framework of West Midlands firms have won a prestigious £multi-million contract to deliver better rail connectivity across the Black Country and Greater Birmingham regions. The Midland Metro Alliance is to be launched on July 4 to bring together a team of planning, design, rail engineers and construction specialists which will build four light rail extensions in the West Midlands over the next decade.

The alliance comprises the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) which owns the Midland Metro light rail line, infrastructure contractor Colas Rail and its Cradley Heath based partners Colas Ltd, Barhale, Thomas Vale, Rail Safety Solutions and Auctus Management Group, and a consortium of design and engineering consultancies Egis Rail, Tony Gee and Pell Frischman.

“Alliancing agreements are a dramatic departure from traditional contracting methods as staff work as an integrated team and tie the commercial objectives of all parties to the actual outcome of the project”, said Councillor Roger Lawrence of WMCA on June 28. This replaces the traditional model of appointing contractors and designers on a project-by-project basis.

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