Commuters warned of car park closure for Metro works

Commuters are being asked to plan their journeys as an overflow car park at Dudley Port Railway Station is to temporarily close as construction for the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension ramps up.

The car park, built in 2010 for the Metro scheme, is set to close on Monday 24 August and will reopen as an interchange Park and Ride car park serving both tram and train services when the Metro route opens.

The main car park at Dudley Port Railway Station will remain open throughout construction for the tramway, which is now well underway across the Sandwell and Dudley areas.

The Midland Metro Alliance, which is planning and constructing the route on behalf of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), which is part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), requires the closure to allow access onto the site of the former South Staffordshire Railway, which makes up more than seven kilometres of the Black Country light rail extension.

Ian Collins, project director at the Midland Metro Alliance, said: “The new Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension will provide a modern and alternative public transport option for the Black Country. There will, unfortunately, be some disruption whilst we build the extension and for this we apologise. We will shortly need to close the overflow car park at Dudley Port, located off Park Lane East, to access the former railway corridor whilst we transform it into the new Metro extension.

“Rail commuters will still be able to access Dudley Port Railway Station throughout the metro works and the station will continue to be connected by local bus services. The main railway car park, accessed off Dudley Port A461, will not be affected by planned Metro works.”