Go ahead for £24m Black Country transport hub

CGI of the new Dudley Interchange which will be a hub for tram, bus and sprint services
CGI of the new Dudley Interchange which will be a hub for tram, bus and sprint services

A new £24 million interchange for the West Midlands Metro and bus services has been given the go ahead.

New images have also been released of the ‘Dudley Interchange’ project which will be built on the site of the town’s existing bus station.

The approval of the full business case means West Midlands Combined Authority can now work on designs for the hub which will link up with the new £450 million metro tram extension currently under construction between Wednesbury and Brierley Hill.

It will also have cycle parking and retail units alongside the transport facilities.

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Both projects are due to be completed in 2023 and there are plans in the long-term for the new ‘Sprint’ bus network to use the facility as well.

Transport for West Midlands is leading on the project in partnership with Dudley Council.

The majority of the funding is coming from the region’s Transforming Cities Fund allocation, topped up with contributions from the council and combined authority.

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street said: “Like other town centres, Dudley has been hit hard in recent years which is why the combined authority is putting its cash to good use to help revitalise the borough.

“We are committed to doing what we can to support the council in bringing their ambitious £1 billion masterplan to life.

“That’s why I am delighted we have approved even more funding for Dudley, with the new interchange set to provide a fitting gateway to what will be a revitalised and reborn town centre.”

Among the other schemes planned for Dudley are the £82 million ‘Portersfield’ project comprising 12 acres of retail, entertainment and student and residential accommodation on the former Cavendish House site.

There is also the new £31 million Leisure Centre and £26.8 million Black Country and Marches Institute of Technology.

Business Live – West Midlands