The scheme to bring Midland Metro further into Wolverhampton City Centre will see a major step forward in early 2017 with the start of the utility diversion stage. From 9th January the work will start in Pipers Row with a number of traffic diversions being put into place during this period.
As most readers of this website know the utility diversion stage will see underground pipes and cables either moved or protected on the alignment of the proposed tramlines to avoid future disruption.
Alejandro Moreno, Midland Metro Alliance Director, said: “Diverting utility apparatus is one of the first steps we need to undertake before we can begin constructing any tram extensions. Although we do understand that this will cause some inconvenience, we aim to minimise this wherever possible. Ultimately, it is good news for those living and working nearby as in the process, we ensure that the pipes and cables in the streets are not just moved, but also upgraded or replaced where necessary.”
The utility works will mean a series of traffic diversions in Wolverhampton City Centre:
* Northbound access will be via Tower Street and Market Street (via Queen Street)
* Southbound traffic will be permitted on Pipers Row
* Access Northbound to Castle Street will be restricted to businesses and local access only
There will also be traffic diversions operating between midnight and 0600:
* Access to Castle Street from Pipers Row will be restricted
* Northbound access to Queen Street and Berry Street will be via Tower Street and Market Street
* To exit the city, there will be a diversion via Princess Street and Broad Street
Cllr John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “The Wolverhampton Interchange Project is an exciting move towards creating a gateway that the city can be proud of. Extending the Midland Metro to better serve the key gateways to the city is essential to improving accessibility for residents and ultimately, to make Wolverhampton more attractive to visitors and businesses alike.”