Ma­jor new travel hub will fea­ture ‘liv­ing roof’ of plants

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A MA­JOR new Black Coun­try trans­port in­ter­change will fea­ture a roof that will breathe a lit­tle life into the daily com­mute.

The mul­ti­mil­lion-pound Dud­ley bus and tram in­ter­change will ac­com­mo­date buses, Sprint rapid tran­sit ve­hi­cles and trams which will serve Wed­nes­bury, Dud­ley and Bri­er­ley Hill.

The ex­ist­ing Dud­ley bus sta­tion deals with more than 5.2 mil­lion pas­sen­gers and nearly 500,000 bus de­par­tures each year.

An ap­pli­ca­tion to build the hub has now been sub­mit­ted to Dud­ley Coun­cil by Trans­port for West Mid­lands.

The ap­pli­ca­tion fol­lows the re­cent de­ci­sion by the West Mid­lands Com­bined Au­thor­ity, which op­er­ates Trans­port for West Mid­lands, to put £10 mil­lion to­wards the es­ti­mated £18 mil­lion cost of the project.

Sub­ject to plan­ning per­mis­sion, the new in­ter­change could be com­pleted by 2022 – ready for the sched­uled open­ing of the Metro ex­ten­sion in 2023.

Cllr Keiran Casey, the coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for re­gen­er­a­tion, added: “This is an­other ma­jor step for­ward in terms of im­prove­ments in lo­cal trans­port and con­nec­tiv­ity for Dud­ley and for the re­gen­er­a­tion in the town cen­tre.

“It is one of a num­ber of projects in the pipe­line at the mo­ment which will make a mas­sive dif­fer­ence to Dud­ley.”

> An artist’s im­pres­sion of how Dud­ley In­ter­change could look fol­low­ing rede­vel­op­ment

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