Parts of Wolverhampton’s new Station open to the public

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Wolverhampton Railway Station
Credit: West Midlands Railway

Phase One of the work on the new Wolverhampton Railway Station has been completed, with passengers allowing to use the new facilities from Monday 25 May 2020.

New Station

The project is part of the Wolverhampton Interchange development costing £150 million, which is being completed thanks to a partnership between City of Wolverhampton Council, Ion, West Midlands Combined Authority, West Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast, Network Rail, Midland Metro Alliance, Canal & River Trust, and Black Country LEP.

The brand new railway station forms a key part in the project.

Phase one sees the following new facilities handed over to West Midlands Railway ready for use:

  1. Six ticket vending machines
  2. Toilet (Including accessibility and baby changing)
  3. Three retail units
  4. Crew accommodation
  5. Clean signage marking routes around the station

The second phase, currently underway, will add

  1. Three more retail units
  2. Customer waiting room
  3. Help point
  4. Demolition of the old station

Remaining work is planned to be completed by Early 2021.

West Midlands Railway’s Head of Customer Experience Jonny Wiseman said:

“This bright, modern building will bring huge benefits to our customers at Wolverhampton and the wider region.

For now, the railway is reserved for only the most essential journeys, but we can look forward with excitement to this superb facility serving the whole community for many decades to come.”

City of Wolverhampton Council Leader Councillor Ian Brookfield said:

“A lot of hard work has been put in by all the partners on the Interchange scheme, and I am looking forward to seeing our new railway station up and running from Monday.

Of course, at this time it is vital that people follow the Government’s coronavirus guidance and do not use the train or pubic transport in general unless absolutely necessary.

The new station building will make a huge difference to the passenger experience and, with the partners now cracking on with phase two of the development, it will ultimately provide a gateway to our city that we can all enjoy using – and be proud of.”

Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street said:

“The new Wolverhampton Railway Station is a crucial part of public transport plans for the West Midlands, and I am pleased the WMCA could help play its part in making it happen alongside the City of Wolverhampton Council and other partners.

Of course, at the moment we are urging people to follow the Government’s guidelines and only use public transport if it is absolutely essential, meaning we are not expecting many passengers to see the new station yet. But this will all change when restrictions ease further, and we begin to encourage people back onto public transport.

Not only that, soon Wolverhampton commuters will be able to travel seamlessly across the region, with the West Midlands Metro extension along Pipers Row set to link to this new station as well as the existing bus station. The new station is a brilliant development for the city, and yet another example of how partnership working is benefitting the West Midlands.”

For more information, please visit West Midlands Railway’s website here.

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