Plans for a new £24 million bus and metro interchange in Dudley, West Midlands, can now move forward after West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) leaders approved the full business case for the project.
The new Dudley Interchange will link to the new Metro tram extension currently under construction by the Midland Metro Alliance between Wednesbury and Brierley Hill. Both projects are due to be completed in 2023.
To be built on the site of the existing bus station, the interchange will form a crucial part of the wider regeneration of Dudley town centre. Passengers can expect comfortable waiting areas, the latest real time travel information, cycle parking facilities and a selection of retail units.
Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), which is part of the WMCA, is leading on the Interchange 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 WMCA.
Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street said: “Like other town centres, Dudley has been hit hard in recent years, which is why the WMCA is putting its cash to good use to help revitalise the borough.
“Through helping to knock down the tombstone of Cavendish House to make way for the Portersfield development, to extending the Midland Metro through the town to Brierley Hill, 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.”
The existing bus station was built in 1986 and is the oldest in the West Midlands. With 420,000 bus departures per year pre-pandemic, it is also one of the busiest.