Future Wolverhampton tram extension reaches first milestone

The future tram extension to Wolverhampton railway station has reached its first milestone with a new junction due to be installed over the next month.
These additional works have been scheduled specifically while the tram is not serving Wolverhampton St. Georges tram stop due to the tram track replacement work on Bilston Road to minimise the potential disruption to the travelling public in the longer-term.
During the summer, the Midland Metro Alliance has been removing the current rail at the junction of Bilston Street and Pipers Row to prepare for the installation of a new junction.
To enable the installation, a lane restriction in Bilston Street is necessary and will be in place from Sunday 24 September 2017 until the end of October. In addition, from Monday 2 October, the right hand turn from Bilston Street onto Pipers Row will be closed and vehicles wishing to access Pipers Row will need to follow a clearly signed diversion route from Bilston Street Island onto St. George’s Parade turning right onto Garrick Street, right onto Bilston Street where vehicles will be able to make a final left turn onto Pipers Row. This lane closure will be in place for a period of four weeks.
Furthermore, as part of the ongoing tram track replacement works, Bilston Road will close fully overnight on Sunday 24 September and Sunday 1 October 2017 to allow the traffic management changes to be made.
This stretch of the A41 will close at approximately 00:30hrs on each date (24 September and 1 October) and will re-open for traffic leaving the city at 07:00hrs, ready for the first bus services of the day.
Bilston Road remains closed for traffic entering the City of Wolverhampton and full signposted diversion routes continue to be in place for the travelling public.
The work to replace the ageing tram track along this stretch of the Bilston Road is progressing well and the Midland Metro Alliance is on schedule to have the road and tram route re-opened to Wolverhampton by Christmas.
Speaking about the works, Alejandro Moreno, Midland Metro Alliance Director, said: “We do appreciate everyone’s patience whilst we are carrying out these important works and I am delighted to say we are on schedule to complete our works by Christmas. We will continue to communicate with affected residents and businesses in advance of this next stage of the works in order people can find alternative routes around the city.”
The Midland Metro Alliance continues to provide project updates, including traffic diversion routes and alternative journey planning advice, on its website.
For any further information about the works, please email communications@metroalliance.co.uk and to plan your journey during the works please visit Network West Midlands Journey Planner