Good progress continues to be made on phase one of City of Wolverhampton’s new railway station building - and it is already dominating the city centre skyline.

Contractors Galliford Try have completed the steel framework, floor slabs have been laid, block work for the external walls continues, and cladding the building is underway.

Work to make the roof watertight is ongoing and once completed will pave the way for the internal walls and ceilings to be constructed, and the services and telecoms installed.

It is all part of delivering a £150 million transport hub to provide an attractive commercial gateway to those entering the city by national rail, bus or tram.

As there will be no changes to the platform areas as part of the scheme, this has allowed it to be cleverly designed in two phases to ensure train services from City of Wolverhampton continue to operate as normal throughout.

The first section of the new station building is expected to become operational to customers in autumn 2019, when phase two of the programme – bringing down the remainder of the current station building and completing the new build - will also start.

The new state of the art railway station building to serve the city will be fully open in summer 2020.

Wolverhampton Interchange Partnership consists of City of Wolverhampton Council (CWC), Ion, West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), West Midlands Trains, Virgin Trains, Network Rail, Midland Metro Alliance, Canal & River Trust, and Black Country LEP.

Councillor Harman Banger, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “I was delighted to visit the site recently and see the progress being made on our new railway station building.

“It will make a huge difference to the city and these are exciting times for regeneration in Wolverhampton.

“There is more than £4.4 billion of investment on site or in the pipeline across the city, and the railway station development is a big part of how we are re-imagining and re-inventing our city centre.

“We want great connectivity to get people here; a first-class station to welcome visitors to our city; great public spaces that encourage families to linger longer; great new city centre homes that bring new customers to our businesses; a great leisure and sporting offer that brings fans from far and wide; a vibrant public events programme and outstanding arts and culture offer enticing new audiences and visitors; and finally, a thriving commercial district with well-paid jobs and executives who spend time and money in the city centre.”

Once work on the new station building is completed it will enable the Midland Metro Alliance to begin the final link of the new city centre tram extension. The Midland Metro Alliance is currently delivering the Pipers Row and Railway Drive phases of the extension to the railway station.

All this will come on top of new and improved services from West Midlands Trains, whose timetable changes last month have brought greater access to Birmingham and London - improving the city’s connectivity and helping boost investment and jobs growth.