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23.04.2013

Views sought on Wolverhampton tram extension

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The public and business community were today (April 23) invited to give their views on £15 million plans to extend the Midland Metro in Wolverhampton city centre.

Centro, the region’s transport authority, wants to take trams along Piper’s Row to the city’s bus and train stations, helping to create new jobs and underpin economic growth.

The extension, which has been drawn up in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council and Neptune Developments, would not only improve passenger connections between bus, train and tram services, but also support the planned redevelopment of land next to the rail station which is expected to see £100 million of investment and 1,400 new jobs.

A public consultation on the proposed extension, including several exhibitions, is being staged between now and the end of May.

Cllr Roger Horton, Centro’s Lead Member for Transforming Rail Travel, said "These are significant plans that can play a key role in supporting the regeneration of the city centre while bringing new jobs and growth to the wider Black Country economy.

"It will also provide a more effective interchange for passengers moving between tram, bus and train, helping to connect people to job, education, health and leisure opportunities.

"That’s why we want to hear the views of passengers and businesses. Their opinions are important to us and I would urge people to take part in the consultation."

The extension would run along Piper’s Row with a stop directly outside the bus station before terminating at the rail station.

It would open up areas for regeneration and serve as a platform for future tram routes to New Cross Hospital and the Wednesfield area.

It would also provide improved Metro links to the wider West Midlands including a route through to the proposed high speed rail station and the Broad Street area in Birmingham city centre.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Prosperity, said: "We are working hard to transform and revitalise our city centre.

"But in order for us to realise these ambitious but achievable plans, it is vital that we get the transport infrastructure right to support such major redevelopments that will boost our economy.

"We are working closely with Centro and partners to deliver a complete 21st century bus, rail and tram Interchange which will see the redevelopment of the railway station and multi-storey car park as well as the Midland Metro Extension.

"The tram is a significant part of our comprehensive approach for the Interchange, so it is important we hear the views on the scheme of all residents, businesses and visitors to the city."

To move ahead with the extension Centro aims to submit before the end of this year an application to the Government for a Transport and Works Act Order which would grant the legal powers needed to build and operate the extension.

If granted, and subject to funding being made available, construction could start before the end of 2015 and take around two years to complete.

People can comment about the plans by logging on to www.centro.org.uk/metro or by sending an email to metro@centro.org.uk phoning the Centro Customer Contact Centro on 0121 214 7214 or writing to Metro Consultation, Centro, 16, Summer Lane, Birmingham B19 3SD.

Comments need to be submitted by May 31.

A number of exhibitions are also being staged with Centro staff on hand to answer questions and provide more information.

The exhibitions will be on;

Saturday April 27 and Saturday May 4, Queens Square 9am - 3pm.

Tuesday April 30, Bus Station 7:30am - 11:30am

Thursday May 9, Civic Centre 10am - 2pm

Thursday May 9, Bus Station 5pm - 7pm

Tuesday May 14, Rail Station 11am � 8pm

There will also be an unstaffed exhibition from Monday April 29 to Friday May 10 (except May 2) between 9am and 4pm in the Civic Centre.

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