The Midland Metro Alliance has today issued the following press release.
Ref: 08/17/ALE 7 June 2017
Bilston Road Metro Line Renewal to commence this weekend
The Midland Metro line that operates between Wolverhampton and Birmingham will be closed between Priestfield and Wolverhampton St. George’s for essential tram track maintenance works from this Sunday (11 June 2017).
For the duration of the works tram services will operate between Priestfield and Grand Central, Birmingham.
A replacement bus service (79E) will be in operation during the works between The Crescent and Wolverhampton Bus Station (Stand R) to allow Midland Metro customers to continue their journeys to and from Wolverhampton city centre. Whilst customers get used to the changes, staff from National Express Midland Metro, Transport for West Midlands and Midland Metro Alliance will be in place at key locations to assist customers.
Tickets will also be accepted on the 79 services operated by National Express West Midlands buses to ensure that disruption to the travelling public is minimised. Customers can visit: www.networkwestmidlands.com/bilstonrd for more information on alternative journey planning.
On Sunday 11 June 2017, signed diversions will be put in place for those road users travelling to Wolverhampton. Road users will still be able to leave the City of Wolverhampton along the A41 (Bilston Road) for the duration of the works.
As well as replacing the tram track, Midland Metro Alliance will also be resurfacing the road which will ensure a much improved environment for both tram and road users once the work is complete. It is anticipated that the tram line will be re-opened for passenger use by Christmas 2017.
Alejandro Moreno, Midland Metro Alliance Director, said: “We recognise that no-one welcomes disruption, but these works are essential for the continued running of trams. The Midland Metro Alliance has kept stakeholders informed of the works, and will be continuing to provide updates for the duration of the project.”
The work will be carried out by the Midland Metro Alliance; a team of planning, design and construction specialists. The Alliance will be responsible for building several new tram extensions across the region over the coming decade on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), which owns the Metro.
Phil Hewitt, Programme Director for Transport for West Midlands, which is part of the WMCA, said: “It is understandable that tram users will have concerns about the effect these works may have on their day-to-day journeys. To help minimise disruption we have worked closely with partners to provide replacement bus services and have customer care staff at key locations to assist passengers.”