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Full Midland Metro service to Wolverhampton resumes ahead of schedule


Due to the hard work of both the team at the Midland Metro and the Midland Metro Alliance, a full tram service between Birmingham Grand Central and Wolverhampton St George’s will resume two days ahead of schedule, before the weekend.

The Midland Metro Alliance completed the tram track replacement works along the Bilston Road in Wolverhampton ahead of schedule on December 2. 

Essential testing by the Midland Metro operator was supposed to be completed so that a full tram service could resume between Birmingham and Wolverhampton on Sunday December 10.

A Midland Metro tram on Wishbone Bridge, Bilston Road, in Wolverhampton.
A Midland Metro tram on Wishbone Bridge, Bilston Road, in Wolverhampton.

However, a full service to and from the city of Wolverhampton will resume on the morning of Friday 8 December 2017.

The Midland Metro is owned by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Phil Hewitt, head of Metro development for TfWM said: “This is fantastic news for Metro users and for Wolverhampton as it means services will resume in to the heart of the city exactly in time for Christmas.

“These were essential maintenance works that had to be done and I would like to thank the Midland Metro Alliance for its hard work in finishing ahead of schedule, and also the public for their patience during the works.”

Tom Stables, managing director of National Express West Midlands, which operates the tram, said: “We’re delighted to be able to resume a full tram service ahead of schedule. The teams at the Midland Metro and the Midland Metro Alliance have worked very hard to get the works and testing completed as soon as possible.

“It’s great news for customers travelling into and out of Wolverhampton ahead of Christmas."

The route between Wolverhampton and Birmingham also serves also areas such as West Bromwich and Wednesbury.