Further progress on the West Midlands Metro extension to Dudley and then Brierley Hill has been seen at the start of December as work to install the last bridge of the first phase of the project entered a new stage – the removal of the old structure. The bridge – known locally as Hansons Bridge – is on Birmingham New Road and as with previous bridges on the route needs to be replaced by a more modern structure ahead of the laying of tracks.
A localised road and footpath closure was put in place from Friday 1st December with this expected to remain the case until the end of Monday 4th December. This will allow the safe removal of the old bridge. Its then planned that the new bridge will be installed at some point in 2024.
The Metro tracks which will be installed on the new bridge will carry trams from Wednesbury to Dudley when the first phase of the Brierley Hill opens to the public. Currently Midland Metro Alliance continue to say this will be in late 2024.