Date announced for Castle Hill re-opening following completion of works for Metro extension
The team working on the first phase of the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension marked a milestone as the last piece of track was welded on Castle Hill.
The news means that the activity on the throughfare is set to be completed in the coming weeks allowing the road to reopen to two-way traffic early in 2023.
This latest step forward in the project was marked by local politicians and members of the construction team from the Midland Metro Alliance who have designed and built the route on behalf of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM).
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “It’s great news that work in this area for the Black Country Metro route is coming to a conclusion which means that within the next two years Dudley will benefit from a regular Metro service connecting in to both Birmingham and Wolverhampton. Congratulations to Midland Metro Alliance on reaching this milestone. I look forward to local residents making use of this service in the years ahead.”
Cllr Simon Phipps of Dudley Council added: “We recognise this work has caused disruption for some of our residents and local businesses in the area. I would like to thank them for their patience while this essential work has been completed. In just a few weeks both lanes of traffic will reopen for road users and this will have a positive impact on peoples day-to-day journeys in the borough.”
The Midland Metro Alliance has been carrying out work on Castle Hill since early 2019 – first to upgrade and divert buried utilities in the area, which was completed in summer 2019, before returning in the spring of 2020 to construct track bed and lay tram tracks.
Throughout the construction programme traffic has flowed in one direction to Castlegate island. It is expected that Castle Hill will re-open in both directions to vehicular traffic by early 2023.
Tom Maplethorpe, project director at Midland Metro Alliance, said: “Our team have been working hard in the area for sometime and, despite the impact of the recent cold weather, we are still pushing hard to achieve this important milestone for our works in Dudley Town Centre.”