£60m secured for next phase of metro extension

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has been awarded £60m towards the completion of the next phase of the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension.

The funding has been secured as part of the region’s Deeper Devolution Deal and will be used as a springboard to secure the remaining funding needed to build and open the route between Dudley town centre and Brierley Hill.
Last year, due to rising construction costs and reduced fare income during the Covid-19 pandemic, a decision was made by the WMCA Board to split the extension into two – with phase one the section between Wednesbury and Flood Street in Dudley. This is currently under construction and due to open to passengers next year.
Phase two will continue the line, including a stop at Merry Hill Shopping Centre. WMCA hopes the service will support local businesses and offer residents improved links to jobs and opportunities in Dudley, West Bromwich, Wolverhampton and Birmingham.

Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands and chair of the WMCA, said: “A number of public infrastructure projects are facing understandable cost challenges given the prevailing winds of inflation and supply chain pressures. Metro extension schemes are also subject to this wider context so we took the difficult decision last year to pause work on phase two whilst retaining our commitment to delivering the scheme.

“In our subsequent efforts to seek out the necessary funding, our newly negotiated Devolution Deal has provided a breakthrough. This additional £60m from Government acts as a springboard for the completion of the scheme as it now puts us in a strong position to secure the remaining funding required to get this extension finished at the earliest opportunity.”
Cllr Patrick Harley, leader of Dudley Council, added: “We have always been absolutely committed to completing the Metro extension in full, and this £60 million will give us a real springboard to secure the rest of the cash we need to make the second phase a reality. It will also see cash come in to create jobs and breathe new life into the areas around the Metro routes.
“I’ve always been a big advocate in giving local politicians, who know their areas best, the power to make their own decisions regarding funding. The Deeper Devolution Deal announced today is a huge step in the right direction in that regard”.