Wolverhampton’s new railway station building has won another award as phase two of the improvement works near completion.
The work is part of thee £150m interchange scheme in the city and the next phase of the project is due to open in the spring.
This week the development won the Insider West Midlands Property Awards 2020 Regeneration Project of the Year.
In May last year, phase one of the improvements to Wolverhampton Railway station opened to the public and included new toilet facilities, ticket machines and new retail units.
In phase two, contractors Galliford Try have clad the building, installed new steelwork, and work is taking place on the roof and canopy.
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “It’s brilliant that despite the ongoing pandemic, work on this magnificent new railway station has continued and supported local construction jobs for local people throughout.”
“Once complete, the station will link up with both the Midland Metro extension along Pipers Row and the city centre’s bus station, meaning residents in Wolverhampton will be able to travel seamlessly across the West Midlands – and beyond when HS2 is up and running. These improved transport links after decades of under investment means people will have better links to jobs and opportunities, and this will play a key role in the economic regeneration of the West Midlands both post-pandemic and beyond.”
City of Wolverhampton Council cabinet member for city economy, cllr Stephen Simkins, said: “The railway station is a beacon of the multi-billion-pound regeneration that is taking place across our city. It is an extraordinary project and I am delighted all the hard work is getting the recognition it deserves.”
“This will help lever in more investment into the city and benefit future employment, helping to relight our city and encourage families to work, live and enjoy Wolverhampton with their children.”
“A lot of hard work has been done by the council, Ion Developments and partners to make the transformational scheme a reality.”
“The completed Interchange will connect train, tram and bus in one place and, alongside a thriving commercial district will ultimately provide a gateway to our city that we can all enjoy using – and be proud of.”
Ion Associate Director, Chris Jones, said: “As we approach completion this spring, we look forward to the city and its residents being able to enjoy this new state-of-the-art railway station, alongside its new facilities. The awards and recognition the Interchange project has received is testament to the collaborative approach and excellent teamwork from all the partners involved.”
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