Station demolition completed ready for second phase

The demolition of Wolverhampton’s old railway station building has been completed in just over a month.

Ground works are now being carried out to pave the way for piling to start this month on the foundations for phase two construction of the new station building.

It is another step forward in the development, which is part of the city’s £150m Interchange scheme delivering improvements to bus, tram and train connectivity.

Once the railway station is completed in early 2021, final works will begin to connect the station to a new Metro extension, creating a fully integrated transport hub with the neighbouring bus station.

Phase one of the new railway station opened to the public at the end of May and was handed over to West Midlands Railway (WMR).

It includes six ticket vending machines, new British Transport Police, toilet, accessibility and baby changing facilities, three retail units ready to be fitted out, and train crew accommodation.

Completion of phase two will deliver three more retail units, as well as a customer waiting room and help point.

City of Wolverhampton Council’s Stephen Simkins said: “Projects like the railway station, and other capital schemes like the i9 office development and Civic Halls are critical to our recovery from Covid-19 – creating jobs, driving further investment and giving our businesses confidence to get back on their feet and grow.

“Working under strict Covid-19 safety guidelines, contractors, Galliford Try, have made good progress on the phase 2 works and it won’t be long before we see the second part of our fantastic new railway station coming out of the ground.

“The completed Interchange will connect train, tram and bus in one place and will ultimately provide a gateway to our city that we can all enjoy using – and be proud of.”

Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street, who chairs the West Midlands Combined Authority, added: “With demolition complete we are another step closer to delivering a major transport hub in Wolverhampton city centre.

“This new rail, Metro and bus interchange will offer travellers a journey fully integrated into the wider West Midlands transport network, including HS2.

“As well as providing a modern gateway to the city centre for visitors it will be a catalyst for new investment, contributing to the jobs and growth the area needs.”

Wolverhampton Interchange Partnership comprises City of Wolverhampton Council (CWC), Ion, West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), West Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast, Network Rail, Midland Metro Alliance, Canal & River Trust, and Black Country LEP.