£250m earmarked for Midland Metro tram expansion from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill

Midland Metro extension announced Credit: ITV News Central

The Government today announced £250m for transport infrastructure in the West Midlands. Mayor Andy Street said the money would be used to create a seven mile Midland Metro extension from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill, going through Dudley town centre.

The importance of this extension is difficult to understate. It will open up sites for housing and regeneration and reconnect Dudley and Brierley Hill to the rail network for the first time in decades. “Perhaps most importantly, it connects the DY5 Enterprise Zone to the network and supercharges proposals to create thousands of jobs in Brierley Hill. “This has been a long time coming - many decades in fact - but because of the WMCA presenting a compelling case to Government, we are finally able to start work, subject to board approval. “We now begin looking at the next projects we want to fund, with the extension of the Metro to Eastside to connect with the HS2 station at Curzon and the reopening of the Camp Hill line very much in our sights

Andy Street, West Midlands Mayor