Plans for a new Black Country tram line has been boosted after public transport body Centro signed an agreement with the company behind the £ 100 million regeneration project for Castle Hill in Dudley.
The £139 million Wednesbury to Brierley Hill line has been given Government approval and a final business case is being prepared to attract Government funding.
However, private investment is also required and Castle Hill developer St Modwen has agreed to fund a station serving the development.
The project aims to revitalise Dudley Zoo and Castle with a range of new attractions and experiences, including a dinosaur themed attraction called Origins, a themed rail link to the Dudley Canal Trust Heritage centre, a garden centre and 65 homes.
St Modwen director Derek West said: "Centro and St Modwen have worked closely together to agree this mutually beneficial agreement. Castle Hill will have a top quality tram link to help people get easily to its new attractions, which is great news."
It is the latest deal to be struck by Centro-PTA, which hopes to have trams running by 2011. In March it also secured a £35 million contribution from the owners of the Merry Hill Centre.
" We consider this redevelopment vital to improving Castle Hill, bringing in more visitors, and the Metro will be one of the ways those visitors arrive," said Dudley Zoo chief executive Pete Suddock.
Coun Roger Horton, Passenger-Transport Authority member for Midland added: "This agreement underlines the determination of everyone to work in partnership to quickly deliver first class public transport to the Black Country."