The first stage of Wolverhampton's new-look railway station is now complete. It's a major milestone in the city’s £150 million Interchange development that aims to better connect train, tram and bus. It meansthe second phase which includes knocking down the old station can now begin.
The completed work includes six ticket vending machines, new British Transport Police, toilet, accessibility and baby changing facilities, three retail units ready to be fitted out, and train crew accommodation.
Due to coronavirus social distancing measures a one-way system has been marked out at the station for people to follow and customers are being encouraged to buy their tickets online in advance if possible.
The new station building will make a huge difference to the passenger experience and, with the partners now cracking on with phase two of the development, it will ultimately provide a gateway to our city that we can all enjoy using - and be proud of.
Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street said the new station was a 'brilliant development for the city and yet another example of how partnership working is benefitting the West Midlands' but said it is crucial people followed the current Coronavirus rules.
Of course, at the moment we are urging people to follow the Government’s guidelines and only use public transport if it is absolutely essential, meaning we are not expecting many passengers to see the new station yet. But this will all change when restrictions ease further and we begin to encourage people back onto public transport.
Phase two will see the demolition of the remainder of the current station building and completion of the new build to house three more retail units, as well as a customer waiting room and help point.
The new station building is set to be fully open early next year.