This page has been set up to record progress on the Metro line. We will update it
as we receive news.
Introduction It is now over 30 years since the Metro line from Brierley Hill to Wednesbury via Merry Hill, Dudley, Dudley Port and Great Bridge was first proposed. When the first Metro line from Birmingham Snow Hill to Wolverhampton St Georges was opened in July 1999, it was stated that line 2 (as the Brierley Hill to Wednesbury line was then known) would be opened by 2006. Since then, there has been a lot of huffing and puffing, but no progress had been made on starting work on the line. However, the decision that the West Midlands would have an elected Metro Mayor led to promises of funds being made available to build the line “subject to a successful business case being presented”.
January 2017 In anticipation of the Government funding the building of the line, work started on clearing the trackbed of nearly 25 years of vegetation. Freight trains had last run north of Round Oak in 1993. Work started in the vicinity of the old Dudley station and spread outwards towards Wednesbury in the north and Pedmore Road in the south.
20 November 2017 In a visit to Birmingham, the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer announce that a £250 million investment would be made to the West Midlands Combined Authority, of which £200 million would be used to build the Metro line from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill. Building work is set to start in 2019 with the line due to open from Wednesbury to Dudley in 2022 and to Brierley Hill in 2023.