Work to futureproof tram stops in the West Midlands is set to start next week, with customers being urged to be mindful of groundwork on platforms in Wolverhampton.
While The Royal, Priestfield and The Crescent stops will remain open throughout the works, from Monday, December 4, parts of the platforms may be cordoned off or covered over. Similar work will also be undertaken at Wolverhampton St George’s over the next couple of weeks.
While most of the actual construction work will be carried out overnight, customers are being urged to take a little extra care when using the stops during the day and in the evenings.
Sophie Allison, West Midlands Metro Managing Director, explained: “We would like to apologise for any minor inconvenience at these stops over the next few weeks, but the work is vital for our plans for the expanding network.
“As part of a programme of enhancements across the network, these stops will be the first to see the installation of infrastructure that will pave the way for new technology, including future ticketing systems.”
Although workmen will only be on site between 19:00 and 05:00, Monday to Friday, some restrictions will be in place at other times at Priestfield. Details are as follows:
- Priestfield: Steps from the pathway adjacent to the park and ride site to the Wolverhampton bound platform will be closed, along with one of the pedestrian crossings. Customers will be directed to the end of the pathway that connects with the platform and pedestrian crossing to reach the Birmingham-bound platform.
- The Crescent: Steps to the Wolverhampton-bound platform will be closed. Customers will be directed to the steps and ramp that lead to the opposite platform, where they can use the pedestrian crossing to reach platform 2.
Sophie added: “We’re doing everything possible to minimise the impact on our customers and aim to carry out the work as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we would also like to thank our customers for their patience, understanding and cooperation while these works are taking place.”
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