Utility diversion work on the route of the Wolverhampton City Centre Midland Metro extension through to the Railway Station look set to start in May – providing that the Transport and Works Act Order is approved by the government. Exact plans of when and where the works will be taking place have yet to be publically revealed but first plans are now being worked on jointly by Wolverhampton City Council and Centro.
It is anticipated that the first utility diversion work will start in mid-May and this work should take approximately 12 months. However as we have seen across the UK during similar works there are often utilities lurking beneath the surface which aren’t known about so there could be some delays to this programme. It is then planned that the first tracks will be laid from March 2017.
This Midland Metro extension is due to run along Piper’s Row before terminating outside Wolverhampton Railway Station. This alignment would mean that the current St George’s terminus would be bypassed by trams heading to the station but it is planned to keep both routes with some services still serving St George’s.