The Midland Metro line that operates between Wolverhampton and Birmingham will be closed between Priestfield and Wolverhampton St George's for essential tram track maintenance works from mid June.

It is anticipated that the tram line will be reopened for passenger use by Christmas 2017.

A replacement bus service will be in operation during the works to allow Midland Metro customers to continue their journeys to and from Wolverhampton city centre.

Tickets will also be accepted on National Express West Midlands buses to ensure that disruption to the travelling public is minimised. Precise details of the replacement bus service will be advertised nearer the time.

Alejandro Moreno, Midland Metro Alliance Director, said: "Although we appreciate that there will be some disruption to those living, working and travelling to and from Wolverhampton for the duration of the works, we are working closely with local businesses along Bilston Road to ensure we can accommodate their needs where possible. We always aim to minimise our impact, however, you may see or hear us at work. In order to complete the works as quickly as possible, some night work will be necessary. As well as replacing the tram track, we will also be resurfacing the road which should ensure a much improved environment for both tram and road users once the work is complete."

Phil Hewitt, Metro Programme Director for Transport for West Midlands, said: "The Midland Metro is an essential part of our transport system across the region and since its extension to Birmingham city centre, significantly more people are choosing to use it to travel in a sustainable way. Undertaking these works is vital to ensure the continued success of the Midland Metro network which will be complemented by a number of other extensions across the region, ultimately making travelling by public transport significantly easier in years to come."

The work will be carried out by the Midland Metro Alliance; a team of planning, design and construction specialists responsible for building a number of new tram extensions across the region over the coming decade on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority.

For any further questions about the work, please visit Type=links;Linkid=8397;Title=Midland Metro Alliance;Target=_blank; or email  

  • released: Tuesday 18 April, 2017