Major roadworks and events

Essential works and special events in the West Midlands can have a major impact on all transport.  Here, we list some of the future works and events that could affect your journey, and provide advice to help you plan a way around them.  Some works on the motorway can also affect your journey on local roads.

Bilston Road Metro Line Renewal from 11 June 2017

The Midland Metro line that operates between Wolverhampton and Birmingham will be closed between Priestfield and Wolverhampton St. George’s for essential tram track maintenance works from 11 June.

The tram line will be re-opened for passenger use by Christmas 2017.

Midland Metro will operate from Priestfield to Grand Central with a new timetable.

A replacement bus service from the Crescent Stop will be in operation during the works to allow Midland Metro customers to continue their journeys to and from Wolverhampton City Centre. Bus connections are not available from Priestfield.

View a combined Metro and 79 Timetable to show how the two connect. 

View the revised 79 timetable.

Tickets will also be accepted on National Express West Midlands buses to ensure that disruption to the travelling public is minimised.

We have a frequently asked questions guide and a walking map to help. 

For further information on the project visit the Midland Metro Alliance. 

Major roadworks and bus changes in Sandwell

Major, essential maintenance work on the M5 between junctions 1 and 2 will start after Easter 2017.  For more information visit Highways England.

People who use the motorway and local road network are being urged to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys.  They are also encouraged to consider how and when they travel during the works.  

Switching to public transport will not only help ease congestion for everyone but will give you time to yourself as when your not driving you have time to talk with friends, read your latest book or catch up on the latest news. We have lots of tools to help make the switch with our Journey Planner, free Apps and Ticket Finder all at your service 24/7. 

National Express West Midlands (NXWM) has been reviewing bus services in the Sandwell and Dudley area and changes will be made from Sunday 23 April.  

View bus changes

NXWM is currently offering a discount to customers travelling in parts of Sandwell and Dudley.  For more information on Pay Local visit National Express West Midlands

We will be holding exhibitions to tell you more about the scheme including public transport information and ticketing. See the exhibition events section for more information.

Top 10 travelling tips

Tip 1 - Change your time of travel

If your journey is affected by works or events, leave extra time to travel and if you can, travel out of peak hours: 7.30am-10.00am and 6.00pm-7.30pm

Tip 2 - Car share

Cut petrol costs in half, split parking fees, decrease cars on the road and enjoy the company!

Tip 3 - Check out what's on

Check out planned major events and football matches that may cause an increase in traffic in the area.

Tip 4 - Choose time over distance

Before you travel visit Highways England for real time updates on closures, roadworks and traffic levels on England's motorway and major roads network.  You may travel a longer distance but it's likely you will get to your destination faster.

Tip 5 - Try the bus

With hundreds of brand-new eco-efficient buses hitting the roads around you, bus travel in the West Midlands is connecting more people with more places than ever.

Tip 6 -  Travel by tram

Your frequent* Midland Metro runs from Wolverhampton to Birmingham, so it’s perfect for getting to Bilston, Wednesbury, West Bromwich, The Hawthorns and the Jewellery Quarter. 

Tip 7 - Plan your journey by public transport

Check out our Journey Planner to see if you can make your journey by bus, train or tram.

Tip 8  - Give your bike a try

Cycling is a cheap, easy way to commute to and from work and most rail stations have cycle parking. 

Tip 9 - Sign up to get information at your fingertips

Sign up to our NWM Apps to get all the latest news, find out in real time when your bus or train is due and receive service alerts direct to your mobile.

Tip 10 - Get your ticket to ride 

We’ve got all your ticket and pass options covered. Whether you need to catch the bus, train or tram, for just one day, one month or a year. Also, see National Express's current bus offer.

 * Every 6 - 8 minutes during the day

M6 Junction 6

Last summer, Highways England identified areas at M6 junction 6 Gravelly Hill Interchange where the concrete and steel reinforcement under the road surface has deteriorated. They are currently finalising the details of this scheme and will share these once confirmed.


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