Phase 2 of the construction of Wolverhampton’s new railway station is nearing completion.
Part of the city’s award-winning £150 million Interchange scheme, which is delivering improvements to bus, tram, cycle and train connectivity, Phase 1 of the station has been open to the public since May 2020, with train services running throughout the work.
Since then, contractor Galliford Try has been busy building Phase 2 and will shortly begin the Entry into Service and handover period with West Midlands Railway and Network Rail. This will ensure the remainder of the new station building – its equipment and facilities – are tested and commissioned before a date is announced to open Phase 2 to the public.
The works compound in front of the new station will remain in place to enable Midland Metro Alliance to complete the final section of the tram extension to the station plaza, creating a fully integrated transport hub with the neighbouring bus station.
Phase 1, already open, included six ticket vending machines, new British Transport Police, toilet, accessibility and baby changing facilities, three retail units ready to be fitted out, train crew accommodation, and a spacious concourse.
Phase 2 includes three more retail units, as well as a customer lounge and dedicated customer help point.
Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street commented: “This fantastic new Wolverhampton station is a critical part of our public transport plans for the West Midlands and links up the Midland Metro extension, bus station and new West Midlands Cycle Hire network, meaning residents will be able to travel seamlessly across the West Midlands.
“I’m delighted the building work has continued throughout lockdown, supporting much-needed jobs and apprenticeships, and meaning the station is ready for the public as we emerge from the pandemic.”
Brenda Lawrence, head of stations for West Midlands Railway, added: “Wolverhampton is one of the biggest and most important stations on our network and the completion of the new building marks a major milestone for the city and the wider railway.
“With passenger numbers expected to increase over coming months our station team are looking forward to welcoming our customers back to the railway and showcasing these fantastic new facilities.”
Wolverhampton Interchange Partnership consists of City of Wolverhampton Council (CWC), Ion, West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), West Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast, Network Rail, Midland Metro Alliance, Canal & River Trust, Black Country LEP and SLC Rail.