Cycle parking arrangements at Wolverhampton Railway Station are changing in preparation for works to start on delivering a new station building.
The new-look station will be designed to better connect to all modes of transport as part of a £150 million Interchange.
This includes long-term plans to increase cycle parking provision at the station to encourage more cycling.
The station works will take place in two phases, during which time cycle parking spaces on platform 1 and the current station forecourt will be out of use.
A temporary solution will provide 40 spaces in front of the multi-storey car park, which is already covered by cctv. Existing shelters at the station will also be relocated to provide 30 spaces. The new temporary spaces will be available for use from the week commencing July 2.
Rail services will continue to operate as normal throughout the redevelopment of the railway station, which is expected to be completed in 2020.
Councillor John Reynolds, City of Wolverhampton, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “The cycle parking changes are essential to enable the demolition process to begin.
“The aim is to deliver a railway station befitting of the city that better connects rail, bus, tram and cycle users.
“There is £3.7 billion of investment currently on site or in the pipeline across the City of Wolverhampton.
“As part of this regeneration it is crucial visitors to our city get the best first impression possible and their travel experience is enhanced - the new state-of-the-art station will deliver that.”
Richard Brooks, customer experience director at West Midlands Railway, said: “The works at Wolverhampton will make connections with other forms of transport easier and make the station much more welcoming to visitors to our region. As the rail operator for the West Midlands we are committed to improving the links between the railway and different modes of transport.
“The ongoing works at the station are a necessary step in creating a flagship transport interchange hub, which will make travel easier and more accessible than ever before for passengers in Wolverhampton.”
The first phase of full demolition will start this summer.
The British Transport Police building and a small section of the current station building next to Platform 1 will be demolished, paving the way for the first section of the new station building to be erected. It will become operational to customers by summer 2019, when phase 2 of the programme will also start.
The new station will be connected directly to a tram stop, once work is completed on the Midland Metro city centre extension. The Midland Metro Alliance are currently delivering the next phase on Pipers Row before continuing down Railway Drive to the railway station.
1/ The £150 million Interchange project includes the already-operational bus station, Midland Metro city centre extension, refurbished and extended railway station multi-storey car park, and demolition of the current railway station building, with a new one to be built adjacent to it.
2/ Wolverhampton Interchange Partnership consists of City of Wolverhampton Council (CWC), Ion, West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), West Midlands Trains, Virgin Trains, Network Rail, Midland Metro Alliance, Canal & River Trust, and Black Country LEP.
3/ Galliford Try is one of the UK’s leading construction groups, responsible regionally for major projects such as the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. In the West Midlands, they have also built the Birmingham Dental Hospital, Resorts World at the NEC, and Hotel La Tour.
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