Tram extension not ready for Commonwealth Games

The tram extension to Wolverhampton will not be completed in time for the Commonwealth Games.

Wolverhampton is set to hold the cycling time trial on the 4th August which will start and finish in West Park.

The extension has already been pushed back by 18 months due to the pandemic as well as being impacted by the construction of the city’s railway station.

Testing of the line will begin after the games, which run from the 28th July to the 8th August.

The MMA which is building the extension under contract from the West Midlands Combined Authority, said the majority of construction activity was “set to be completed in early July”. However “some minor public realm works” would not be finished before the games.

They added the work was part of a “complex interchange project”.

Trams were back in action on Thursday following another period of repairs.