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Metro plans to keep customers moving during bridge demolition Thursday May 27, 2021

West Midlands Metro is putting in place a number of measures to help keep its customers moving during the demolition of an old road bridge in Bilston.

The work later this month requires a temporary interruption in tram services on a section of the West Midlands Metro line. Services will be temporarily suspended between Wednesbury Parkway and Wolverhampton St Georges.

Engineers, working on behalf of City of Wolverhampton Council, will start removing the disused road bridge on Arthur Street on Saturday, May 29 with work due to be completed by the close of service on Sunday, June 6.

During this period tram tickets and passes will be accepted on National Express bus service 79 between West Bromwich and Wolverhampton and West Midlands Railway services between Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

Ray Harris, Head of Operations at West Midlands Metro, explained: “While this important work is taking place we plan to do all we can to keep customers moving.

“We’ll operate a normal service between Wednesbury Parkway and Library, Birmingham and members of the team will be out on the network to assist customers with their travel plans.

“In addition, the frequency of the National Express 79 bus timetable has been increased, to include the 79A which will follow a dedicated route serving the affected stops for the duration of the works.”

Trams will run through to Wolverhampton from the start of service on Monday, June 7 but while the working is taking place the Metro is asking customers to allow extra time for their journey.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to thank customers for their patience and understanding while this essential work is taking place,” Mr Harris added.

For details of alternative bus and rail services during the works visit or follow the twitter service information @wmmetro. Further information about the project to the road bridge and upgrade of the existing footbridge can be found here.