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07.02.17

Wolverhampton reveals contractor for new £132m railway station

The Wolverhampton Interchange Partnership (WIP) has announced its preferred contractor to deliver the city’s new £132m railway station.

Galliford Try – the leading UK construction group responsible for Wimbledon Centre Court’s retractable roof and the Forth Road Bridge replacement crossing – has now been appointed and has begun undertaking pre-construction services on the project.

The WIP’s plans to demolish the existing station and replace it with a more modern development were approved by Wolverhampton City Council last November.

Cllr John Reynolds, Wolverhampton council cabinet member for city economy, said that 2017 is set to be a big year for the interchange project, with £3.7bn of investment either on site or in the pipeline across the city.

“Enabling works are starting on the railway station building and the people of Wolverhampton can look forward to seeing the emergence of a station befitting of their city,” Cllr Reynolds said.

“As part of this regeneration it is crucial visitors to our city get the best first impression possible and their travel experience is enhanced – this new state-of-the-art station will deliver that.”

The work on the new railway station, which follows the opening of a new multi-storey station car park, which was completed last month, will see the station fitted with a larger passenger concourse and enhanced ticket office in the style of Birmingham New Street station, along with improved retail and café facilities and better taxi rank provision.

It is expected that the construction of the new station building will be completed by early 2019, around the same time as the new Midland Metro tram extension to Wolverhampton city centre which has already begun enabling works and will include a new stop at the station.

Simon Courtney, area director of Galliford Try, said: “We are delighted to have been selected as preferred contractor on this significant regeneration project for Wolverhampton.

“We look forward to successfully working with our client and wider stakeholders to provide the local community with an enhanced new station and improved facilities.”

Wolverhampton station is one of the most important transport interchanges in the West Midlands, but there are concerns that the interchange project may cause disruption across the rail network. But David Whitehouse, interchange project manager for Virgin Trains, said that the operator will work closely with its partners and customers to keep any disruption to a minimum while the project is completed.

(Image c. TfWM)

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Comments

Manchester Mike   07/02/2017 at 14:49

Why is the existing station being demolished? Was it a modernist monstrosity? Or did it have character?

Birmingham Bob   08/02/2017 at 13:32

It's a very cramped, dreary 1960s structure. The new station will be much more spacious, has a bit of style about it, and will be integrated with an extension of the Midland Metro tram system.

Izalman   09/02/2017 at 10:29

lets hope this is delivered with less than 1/4 of the back of house issues that New Street currently has.

Andrew Gwilt   10/02/2017 at 13:50

I think Wolverhampton railway station just needs some refurbishment and to have extra platforms and the extension of the Midland Metro to the station as a interchange station interacting with trains, tram and buses to serve a important transport hub for Wolverhampton and to serve the Greater Birmingham area and the West Midlands region and nearby counties of Shropshire and Staffordshire as Wolverhampton was in those counties before.

Linda   27/03/2017 at 22:45

The new design looks hideous. What about the twenty five trees? I suppose they will go. I notice there isn't a single tree included outside the station. No consideration for the environment. The beautiful and rare walnut trees we're destroyed where the Sunbeam monstrosity is despite the developers promising to save them. Taxi rank a disaster. Used to cost £6.50 to the west of the city is Tettenhall, Compton ,Finchfield. Now costs £10 because of the difficulty of exiting the station by road and having to go round the ring road. As usual those in Labour strongholds Bilston and will have better access from the station. Ill thought out just for the sake of putting a few hundred yards of tram line.

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