The proposed £139 million metro extension in the Black Country will take an important step forward today with the signing of a partnership agreement prior to construction.
Partners in the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Midland Metro extension will sign up to their individual roles on delivering funding, construction, operation and maintenance of the route.
West Midlands public transport promoter Centro and Sandwell Council have thrashed out their responsibilities, following confirmation by the Government last December that the extension had been approved.
The seven-mile route will have 13 stops with four park and ride sites serving shopping and business areas in Great Bridge, Dudley Port, Dudley town centre, the Waterfront and Merry Hill before terminating near High Street, Brierley Hill in a total time of 23 minutes.
Meanwhile, the new owners of the Merry Hill shopping centre recently confirmed their intention to honour the major financial commitment to the scheme made by former owners Chelsfield.
Australian property conglomerate Westfield, which acquired Merry Hill earlier this year, said it would contribute £35 million.