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.
Duration: March 2021
We are now pleased to announce the second phase of works on Castle Hill will begin on 8 March 2021.
Work will begin on removing road surface along Castle Hill to prepare the area for track to be installed and bring the highly-anticipated route closer to fruition.
Traffic will be maintained one-way in the direction of Castlegate island with clearly marked diversion routes in place to assist road users.
Duration: February 2021
Western Power will be carrying out utility works from Monday 1 February for approx 6 weeks. The utility works will be taking place at Castle Hill and Trindle Road. From Monday 8 March there will be no left turn from Trindle Road into Castle Hill.
As part of the works, Western Power will also be operating four way temporary traffic signals at the Trindle Road/Hall Street/Flood Street junction (dates to be confirmed).
Duration: From Monday 25 January 2021
There will be a lane restriction and a one-way system on Flood Street from Monday 25 January, with traffic flowing downhill, towards Duncan Edwards Way as part of ongoing utility works for Wednesbury to Brierly Hill Metro extension.
Duration: From Monday 24 August 2020
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.
Duration: From 2 November 2020
A number of waterways across Sandwell will be closing this year and early next, to allow for construction of the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension.
Sections of the Tame Valley, Walsall and Old Main Line Canal are set to close to both boat and towpath traffic during the autumn and winter months as works for the tramway project continues.
The closure will take place to enable the Midland Metro Alliance, working on behalf of Transport for West Midlands, to carry out structural assessments and bridge replacements on three structures along the 11 kilometre route to ensure that they can meet the needs of a modern light rail network.
The first canal closure will get underway in the vicinity of Walsall Canal Bridge between early November and December 2020, with the towpath in this area also closing to pedestrians during this time. This will be followed by the closure of the Tame Valley Canal and towpath, from early December 2020 to early February 2021.
The Old Main Line Canal and towpath in Tipton will close, from February until mid-March 2021 when all of the work on the canals in this area is expected to be completed.
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.
Please be advised that the cycle track adjacent to Dudley Zoo, will be closed from 21st September until 21st March 2021, to maintain public safety whilst Balfour Beatty carry out work to construct a new car park. Vehicular traffic will be unaffected, cyclists will be diverted via other paths.
If you are travelling towards Walsall Canal, please be advised you will be diverted due to closure of canal and towpath.
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