By September , the council's interest had shifted from the full BCCE  to a shortened version between New Street and Snow Hill stations, which do not have connecting trains. An extension from the existing terminus in Wolverhampton running through Market Street and Lichfield Street and then serving Wolverhampton bus station and Wolverhampton railway station , part of the Phase Two Extensions, was made a separate project following stagnation of the project to build a line to Walsall.
Centro hoped to complete the scheme by ,  but in May Wolverhampton councillor Paddy Bradley stated it was "on the back burner". Although the leaflet included a route plan and stops, Centro's spokesman Steve Swingler said "We expect to announce the preferred route later in the summer". The plan entailed southbound trams from Wolverhampton first going around the city centre to the railway station. In July , Centro Director General Geoff Inskip hinted that the scheme would be reworked by taking it to "places people need to go, such as the University", and not taking passengers to the railway station and back "if they don't actually need to go there".
The cut down version would create a branch running from the existing terminus at St. George's, connecting the bus and rail stations, with the creation of a loop through Market Street and Lichfield Street happening at a later date.
The new line would see two new stops built at Piper's Row and Wolverhampton Railway Station, which will see trams terminate alternately at the Rail station and at the existing St George's stop. The new stops will be constructed between and Though the Extension to Wolverhampton railway station has been said to be completed by the end of Piper's Row is a proposed stop for the Midland Metro tram service in Wolverhampton.
The possibility of extending the Metro from its current terminus at St George's in the city centre to the town's railway station, via its bus station has long been a priority of Centro. The layout of the town made the initially-envisaged 'loop' behind St George's uneconomical, and now services stopping at the old terminus will have to drive in and wait for the driver to switch ends before backing out again to continue the journey.
Simultaneously, Centro released a proposed map of the route, taking in a loop between the interchange at the airport, Small Heath and Lea Hall. In February , it was announced that funding had been secured for the first phase of Midland Metro's Line Two extension to Eastside, including three new stops at either Moor Street or Albert Street, and Curzon Street,  before a terminus at Adderley Street.
If the latter option were favoured, it would mark the achievement of what has long been regarded as a major aim for the Metro, namely to connect all three four when Curzon St reopens city-centre stations by rapid transit. Any extension would have to be completed before the projected commencement of High Speed 2 services in From Line 1 in Wednesbury, the Brierley Hill Extension WBHE would follow the disused South Staffordshire Line , through Tipton to the vicinity of the former Dudley Town station which closed in and was later the site of a freightliner terminal , then on-street into Dudley town centre.
Journey time from Brierley Hill to West Bromwich was stated as 31 minutes. However, these plans have been complicated by the desire of Network Rail to reopen the South Staffordshire Line for the use of freight trains, which last used the route in Various proposals have been put forward as to how trams and freight trains could coexist on the same corridor, early proposals involved trams and freight trains using different tracks.
But since Centro has favoured the use of tram-trains , which can share the tracks with freight trains. In December , Centro stated that they intended to build the line in phases to make the scheme more affordable, with the first stretch running from Wednesbury to Dudley.
In the latest developments, the former railway line was cleared of vegetation and disused track was removed in early , with full scale work set to begin by and the Midland Metro line from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill to be completed by It is unclear whether the line will re-open to goods trains at the same time or a later date. It will be the fourth stop on the proposed route from Wednesbury — Brierley Hill. The line was expected to be opened in but is on hold due to lack of funding.
In , the proposed Phase Two expansion included five routes: A 10 kilometres 6. There have been several instances of trams colliding with road vehicles at crossings, including one collision in February in Wolverhampton where the car driver was killed. Technical and maintenance failures, severe weather and vandalism have led to some service disruptions. In summer the Wolverhampton section was temporarily closed because of a risk of electrocution posed by drooping power cables. For most of , the line between Priestfield and Wolverhampton St Georges was replaced, forcing passengers travelling up to Wolverhampton to change at The Crescent for the replacement bus service.
On 2 June a man was found on the tracks at the Trinity Way stop at approximately 5 AM after being struck by a tram, according to British Transport Police , and was later pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service.
Since its opening in , the Metro's existing line has not been as successful as hoped, attracting far fewer passengers than initially predicted. Numerous reasons have been suggested for the relative under performance of the line, including that the line has lacked visibility, being confined to Snow Hill station at the edge of Birmingham city centre, and is therefore relatively unknown.
Other grounds for the line's underwhelming performance include the fact that there are quicker trains running between Birmingham and Wolverhampton and that the line did not serve New Street station , or any of Birmingham's major visitor attractions except for the Jewellery Quarter , which is already well-served by suburban trains.
Soon after opening it became evident to all three partners that operating revenue would not cover costs. Ansaldo and Laing decided to withdraw from involvement in the Midland Metro, which they felt would not be profitable, and had ceased practical involvement as early as , but their official exit took place in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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