Duration: Wed 08 Jan 2020
£1 billion is being invested in Dudley town centre as part of a four-year regeneration programme which includes a Metro extension between Brierley Hill and Dudley, a brand new transport interchange, construction of the Very Light Rail Innovation Centre, the Institute of Technology and expansion at the Black Country Living Museum. The Portersfield site in Dudley Town Centre will also undergo major redevelopment and there will be improvements to the associated highways.
What does this mean for me?
During the work, there will be changes to the way you travel around Dudley. Traffic through this area will be affected at various times. Some work will happen at night, while at other times lane closures may be in place.
The work will be carried out in phases, rather than all at once to keep disruption to a minimum. That means you will need to plan ahead and remember to check your journey regularly, as it may change several times over the next few months.
This page has been created so you can stay up to date with the latest information to help you plan ahead and keep moving while the construction takes place.
As more information becomes available we will share it here, so please check back regularly as dates may change or sign up for updates.
Castle Hill, Dudley, Metro Extension Works
Duration: Ongoing - November 2020
The first phase of work has now been completed meaning that Castle Hill is open for two-way traffic again.
From Monday 21 September, there will be utility works happening on Castle Hill South footway in 30m sections.
It is recommended that you follow the clearly signed diversion routes in place.
Trindle Road is currently one-way, heading up towards Hall Street, to enable South Staffs Water to work on the junction with Castle Hill safely.
It is recommended that you follow the clearly signed diversion routes in place. You can find more information about the diversion route here.
Dudley Port Rail Station - Overflow car park closure
Duration: From Monday 24 August
As part of the next phase of works, the overflow car park at Dudley Port Station will be temporarily closed from Monday 24 August as as construction for the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension begins. The overflow car park will reopen as an interchange Park and Ride car park serving both tram and train services when the Metro route opens. The main car park at Dudley Port Railway Station will remain open throughout construction for the tramway, which is now well underway across the Sandwell and Dudley areas.
If you are using Dudley Port Rail Station, Transport for West Midlands and the Midland Metro Alliance have provided the following advice:
- Plan ahead and leave more time for your journeys especially if you usually use the overflow car park at Dudley Port Railway Station
- The main station car park, which includes disabled and three car share bays, is less busy earlier and later in the day, however there are limited spaces so people are encouraged to travel to the station using other methods
- Consider walking or cycling to the station and taking advantage of cycle storage facilities.
- or using buses (22, 74, 74A) which regularly serve the station
- The busiest times to travel are changing as lockdown eases. Check with operators before you travel.
Flood Street closure
Duration: From 14 September - Mid-October
Flood Street is scheduled to close from 14 September until Mid-October.
For bus users, Flood Street bus stop will be out of use and the nearest bus stop will be King Street bus stop.
If you are travelling towards Flood Street, you will be diverted through King Street and New Mill Street. Flood Street car park is open for use but there are a limited amount of spaces.
Coneygree Road, Tipton - Bridge demolition
Duration: From Wednesday 14 October
Works will be carried out on a redundant railway bridge on Coneygree Road, Tipton from Wednesday 14 October. The upcoming demolition will be carried out for a period of six weeks. This is a major step forward, following the successful removal of a similar structure along the disused South Staffordshire Railway line, in August.
The team will carry out up to three weeks of devegetation activity to enable access to the area before the bridge is taken down. A new structure will be installed later in the construction programme. In order for the works to take place a localised road closure, for a period of up to six weeks, is required on Coneygree Road and Victoria Road between the junctions of Peel Street and Tudor Street.
During the activity, a short and clearly marked diversion route will be in place for both pedestrians and vehicle users enabling them to complete their essential journeys. In addition, traffic marshals will be present 24 hours a day to assist those living in Coneygree Road and Victoria Road.
Key travel advice
Clearly signed diversion routes will be in place for both general traffic and public transport. If you need to travel during this time, plan ahead and leave more time for your journey especially if you travel along Trindle Road, Flood Street Coneygree Road and Victoria road, you’ll need more time for your journey to take account of the temporary lane closure that will be in place.
Plan Ahead by using a Sat Nav or Travel App such as Google Maps or Waze to check before you travel.
If you travel via Trindle Road, please be aware the diversion route in place may impact your journey time.
Follow @wmroads Twitter feed for real time traffic updates.
Those who need to travel are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys and if using bus services, to follow current government guidance. Further details of the diversion route will be available here
The work on Castle Hill will mean that those cycling in Dudley town centre may wish to plan their route ahead of time to ensure their journey is able to be completed with minimal disruption.
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