Vehicular access to City of Wolverhampton Railway Station will change from Sunday January 8 as part of the city’s £132 million Interchange improvements. This coincides with the switch to the new entrance for the multi-storey car park which opens for the first time on the same day after being extended and refurbished on schedule.
The changes will mean:
- There will no longer be any access to Railway Drive for vehicles
- Vehicles will access and exit the station car park, short stay parking, improved passenger drop-off/pick-up area, and increased taxi rank provision from Corn Hill
- The capacity will increase from 450 to more than 800 long stay parking spaces.
- Pedestrians should continue to access the station via the footbridge from Pipers Row
- National Cycle Route 81 will be maintained along Railway Drive, although cyclists should take care as construction traffic will be operating in the area
- The old entrance to the multi-storey car park will be permanently removed
The building of a new multi-million pound Wolverhampton railway station came another step closer today.
The Interchange partnership plans to demolish the existing station and replace it with a new one have been officially approved by City of Wolverhampton Council.
Work is due to begin on the new railway station next year following the extension and refurbishment of the railway station multi-storey car park, which is expected to be completed by Christmas 2016.
It forms part of a £120 million Interchange project that will also see a Metro line extension, including a new stop at the station.
The new station will also benefit from an enhanced Birmingham New Street-style ticket office, larger passenger concourse, ample ticket barriers to ease flow onto and off platforms, much improved retail and café facilities, increased taxi rank provision and a more efficient passenger drop off/pick up arrangement.
Councillor Peter Bilson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Assets, said: “This is another important step forward and 2017 is set to be a big year for the Interchange project.
“The people of Wolverhampton can look forward to a railway station befitting of their city.
“There is £3.7 billion of investment currently on site or in the pipeline across Wolverhampton.
“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.”
Steve Parry, Managing Director of Ion Property Developments Limited, added: “These plans for the main railway station building illustrate that the city will soon have a new high quality gateway.”
Dave Whitehouse, Virgin Trains Interchange Project Manager Wolverhampton, said: “There’s a real sense of excitement as we work together to deliver this scheme and give the city a station to be proud of.”02/11/16
A key milestone has been reached this week in the redevelopment of the railway station multi-storey car park as part of Wolverhampton’s £120 million Interchange project.
The erection of the steel framework for the extension has started, with the project still on course to be completed by Christmas.
Work started in February on extending and refurbishing the current multi-storey car park to increase its capacity from 450 to more than 800 long stay parking spaces.
The redevelopment is being carried out by Ion Property Developments Limited and Balfour Beatty on behalf of the Wolverhampton Interchange Partnership.
It will pave the way for the new state-of-the-art railway station to be built and the Metro line extension, which will include a new stop at the station.
Councillor Peter Bilson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Assets, said: “Good progress is being made with the railway station car park.
“We have now reached an exciting part in the works, where the scale and size of the new multi-storey extension will become visible to the public.
“Ultimately, as well as encouraging more investment and boosting prosperity in the city, the Interchange will become the gateway to the city for people arriving off the national rail network, by bus or Metro.”
Steve Parry, Managing Director of Ion Property Developments Limited, added: “It is always pleasing to achieve these key construction milestones in line with the planned timescale.
“The construction of the extended car park and the new station forecourt is important as it will facilitate the construction of a new station building with much enhanced facilities for passengers and railway employees.”
The redevelopment of the car park will include cycle and motorcycle parking, short stay and passenger drop off, as well as a taxi rank built adjacent to the existing multi-storey, and the creation of a brand new entrance off Mill Street.
The entrance will be relocated to Mill Street to make way for the tram extension and allow Railway Drive to become more pedestrianised.
The medium-term ambition is to build a new hotel on the land between Railway Drive and the car park which would effectively wrap-around the existing frontage, creating a completely new view and a modern-looking gateway to the new railway station.
“It’s an exciting time as customers can now really start to see the new car park taking shape with the steel work going up,” said Dave Whitehouse, Virgin Trains Interchange Project Manager Wolverhampton.
“We will be working hard to keep customers updated as work progresses and, along with our colleagues at London Midland, play our part in giving the city a station to be proud of.”22/06/16
Plans to extend the Midland Metro in Wolverhampton were given the go-ahead today (Tuesday June 21), paving the way for the next stage in a wider £120 million redevelopment of the city centre.
The extension was given formal approval by Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, and follows a Transport and Works Act Order public inquiry last summer.
The go-ahead means preparatory work on the £18 million extension can start later this year with completion scheduled for 2019.
The route will take trams along Pipers Row, stopping directly outside the bus station before continuing on to the railway station which will also be redeveloped as part of the Wolverhampton Interchange Project.
The Metro scheme is being carried out by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), the transport arm of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), in partnership with the City of Wolverhampton Council and Ion Property Developments Limited.
Not only will the extension improve passenger connections between bus, train and tram services but also support the ongoing redevelopment of land next to the railway station which is expected to see £120 million of investment and 1,400 new jobs.
Cllr Roger Lawrence, leader of City of Wolverhampton Council and West Midlands lead on transport, said: “Today’s approval is excellent news because the extension can play a key role in unlocking further investment and jobs – not just in Wolverhampton but also other parts of the Black Country.
“If we are to succeed in revitalising our city then we must have the right transport infrastructure in place to open up new areas for redevelopment and underpin our long term ambitions.”
Cllr Lawrence said the extension would provide improved Metro links to the wider West Midlands including a route through to the proposed high speed rail station and the Broad Street area in Birmingham city centre.
Steve Parry, managing director of Ion Property Developments Limited, said: “The announcement is great news for the Wolverhampton Interchange scheme as the Midland Metro extension is the element that will tie the commercial developments and the new bus and railway stations together.”
Following a six-week legal challenge period the Transport and Works Act Order will come into force and allow work to start on advanced utility diversions.
This will be followed by works to the Pipers Row car park that in turn will create the space needed to divert the underground pipes and cables buried along the route of the tram extension.
The work is part of the wider Interchange project being funded by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, City of Wolverhampton Council and the WMCA.21/06/16
Kaspa’s Desserts will hold its grand opening at Wolverhampton’s city centre showpiece i10 building on Friday, June 24, at noon.
The dessert house chain has taken over two units to house its first Midlands branch.
It will employ more than 25 local people at the multi-million pound office and retail development.
The i10 building, next to the railway station and bus station, was completed in December and forms part of the city’s £120 million Interchange plans.
Superdrug became the first tenant to start trading in February and Greene King opened its new Hungry Horse family-friendly pub restaurant – The Sunbeam – the following month.
The retail units on the ground floor sit under three floors of top grade office space, two of which will be occupied by worldwide expert in water treatment, Ovivo, and award-winning home builder and regeneration specialist, Countryside.
Kaspa’s Desserts offer the world’s favourite hot and cold desserts under one roof – boasting irresistible gelatos, waffles, crepes, milkshakes, smoothies and sundaes.
Bal Dhanjal, Kaspa’s Manager, said: “Our i10 venue is looking the part and we are really excited about opening for business in Wolverhampton.
“The council and partners have provided great support to us in helping recruit staff from the area and we are looking forward to establishing ourselves in the city centre.
“The regeneration plans for Wolverhampton are very exciting and we are delighted to be a part of it.”
City of Wolverhampton Council is close to agreeing a deal over another unit, while the final retail unit will be marketed later this year.
Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, added: “The businesses that have moved into i10 are thriving.
“Kaspa’s is another exciting addition to the development and brings something different to Wolverhampton.
“i10 is now almost fully let and forms what is becoming an impressive gateway into the city centre.
“As well as encouraging more investment, it is also delivering dozens of new jobs for local people.”
Wider Interchange development has seen work start on the extension of the railway station car park. A major new railway station and the Metro extension will follow.14/06/16
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