In March 2019 The West Midlands Combined Authority gave the final go-ahead for the cash to finance the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill rail link.
This route will be a key part of the tram network across the region and will play a significant role in the regeneration and economic growth for the West Midlands. Extensions are also planned in Wolverhampton City Centre and across Birmingham (including both Centenary Square and Eastside) delivering an integrated transport network for the future.
The Wednesbury to Brierley Hill extension will enhance public transport accessibility across the Black Country as a whole and will provide links to the existing national rail network and proposed HS2 network. It will provide reductions to journey times between the strategic centres of the region, particularly to Dudley town centre and Merry Hill.
The 11km line will run along part of the former South Staffordshire railway to Brierley Hill town centre from the Midland Metro Line at Wednesbury with 17 stops at:
- Golds Hill (provisional stop)
- Great Bridge
- Horseley Road
- Dudley Port (for interchange with national rail services)
- Sedgley Road
- Birmingham New Road
- Tipton Road
- Station Road (for Castle Hill attractions)
- Dudley town centre (at Dudley bus station)
- Flood Street (provisional stop)
- New Road (provisional stop)
- Cinder Bank
- Pedmore Road
- Canal Street (provisional stop)
- Merry Hill Centre
- Brierley Hill