Dudley’s new £18 million bus and tram interchange has moved a step closer after outline blueprints for the ambitious scheme were approved.
Dudley Council’s development control committee unanimously approved granting outline planning permission to demolish the existing town centre bus station and replace it with a new two-storey, glass-fronted, state-of-the-art facility.
An artist's impression of how the new interchange could look
The application had been submitted by Transport for West Midlands, which is part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
The decision, taken at a meeting last night (tue) means the council has granted permission in principle for such a development to take place on the land.
As part of the plans, the partly vacant Co-Operative and Farm Foods store would also be demolished, as well as a former photography studio and warehouse unit in Birmingham Street.
A report which went before the committee says the new interchange will link up with the multi-million Metro Wednesbury to Brierley Hill line extension, which will run through the town centre.
Councillor Khurshid Ahmed, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and economic investment, said:
I am delighted that this much-needed development is now a step closer to becoming reality.
The bus station is the second busiest in the West Midlands by passenger numbers.
This development would represent another major step forward in terms of improving in local transport and connectivity for Dudley, and for the general regeneration in the town centre.”
An application for full planning permission must now be submitted, and approved, before work on the development can start.