Wolverhampton's multi million pound Interchange plans have been given a further boost.

City of Wolverhampton Council has been granted £500,000 by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for the development of a new coach facility and related works.

The new coach facility will be based in Bilston Street and will make use of the now redundant side of the St George's Metro stop.

It will alleviate congestion in Pipers Row, where a new stop for the planned extension of the Metro is planned outside the bus station.

Works on the new coach facility are due to start in January and are scheduled for completion by April 2016.

Councillor Peter Bilson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Assets, said: "This is very welcome news and further strengthens our exciting plans to regenerate Wolverhampton's transport hub.

"We are very grateful to the Black Country LEP for funding the project.

"It will not only help ease traffic congestion on Pipers Row - but will deliver a coach facility befitting of the new Interchange."

The scheme will involve some highway alterations at the surrounding junctions to accommodate the movement of the coaches.

Coach services will approach the facility from the Ring Road/Bilston Street Island and make their way via St George's Parade and Garrick Street to the facility.

Coach services will therefore not need to drive through the busy central area of Pipers Row, Queen Street and Market Street.

Avoiding this central area, which will be subject to continued works for delivery of the Interchange project, will also reduce potential for delays to services and allow operators to run a reliable timetable.

The coach facility will provide an enhanced waiting facility for coach passengers within the city centre, and is within 200 metres of the bus station and the tram.

The platform and waiting area will be fully accessible and the design includes appropriate width for deployment of wheelchair access ramps from coaches.

  • released: Thursday 29 October, 2015