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Public still have three weeks to give their views on Wolverhampton tram extension…

Submitted by on May 10, 2013 – 8:56 am |


Centro Chairman Cllr John McNicholas on the Metro tram extension stand at Wolverhampton bus stationThe public and business community still have another three weeks to give their views on a £15 million plan to extend the Midland Metro in Wolverhampton city centre.

Scores of responses have already been sent to Centro, the region’s transport authority, about the proposals to take trams along Piper’s Row to the city’s bus and train stations, helping to create new jobs and underpin economic growth.

Centro chairman Cllr John McNicholas joined staff at Wolverhampton bus station for one of the public exhibitions being staged around the city until May 31 when the consultation ends.

“We’ve had some very encouraging feedback about the scheme which we believe can help unlock further redevelopment in this part of the city centre, providing a real economic shot in the arm,” he said.

“These are important plans for Wolverhampton and we are keen to hear from as many people and businesses as possible so I would urge people to have their say.”

The proposed extension has been drawn up by Centro in partnership with Wolverhampton City Council and Neptune Developments.

It would not only improve passenger connections between bus, train and tram services, but also support the planned redevelopment of land next to the rail station which is expected to see £100 million of investment and 1,400 new jobs.

The extension would run along Piper’s Row with a stop directly outside the bus station before terminating at the rail station.

It would open up areas for regeneration and serve as a platform for future tram routes to New Cross Hospital and the Wednesfield area.

It would also provide improved Metro links to the wider West Midlands including a route through to the proposed high speed rail station and the Broad Street area in Birmingham city centre.

People can comment about the plans by logging on to centro.org.uk/metro or by sending an email to metro@centro.org.uk phoning the Centro Customer Contact Centro on 0121 214 7214 or writing to Metro Consultation, Centro, 16, Summer Lane, Birmingham B19 3SD.

Comments need to be submitted by May 31.

A number of exhibitions have also being staged with Centro staff on hand to answer questions and provide more information.

The exhibition at the bus station is on until 8pm tonight (Thursday May 9) and a further event will take place at the rail station between 11am and 8pm on Tuesday (May 14).

An unstaffed exhibition is being staged between 9am and 4pm tomorrow (Friday May 10) in the Civic Centre.


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