Now that the Wolverhampton Railway Station extension has opened to passengers there are only two current extension projects on the West Midlands Metro. One will see trams run to Digbeth as part of the Birmingham Eastside line with the other due to head to Dudley and Brierley Hill. It is the latter line which is due to open first with “late 2024” named as the planned opening date for the first phase of the line. In this pictorial update with photos from Andy Walter we take a look at some recent photos of what has been happening construction wise on the line.
The Brierley Hill extension will leave the original West Midlands Metro line to the east of Wednesbury Great Western and will then travel for 11km via Tipton and Dudley. Much of the first section will use a former heavy rail corridor but there has had to be significant work on a number of bridges on this section.
Within Dudley there is on street running and its here that the initial line will end. Due to funding constraints the project has had to be split into two phases with phase one from Wednesbury to Dudley and then phase two will complete the line to Brierley Hill. Phase one will terminate at Flood Street and there are due to be nine new Metro stops on this section.