New investment will help improve pubic transport facilities.
A new £1.9 million bus and rail interchange at Cradley Heath is to open this weekend.
From Sunday July 26th passengers will benefit from a new waiting area with toilet facilities, seating, CCTV, and improved access to train services. Within the main building there will be four connected bus stands, each with a passenger information totem to show when buses are due and automatic doors that open only when the bus has arrived. Cyclists will also be served by a covered bike stand on the new island.
The interchange has been built by Centro, the transport delivery body for the West Midlands. It is being paid for through the Better Bus Area Fund, a £10 million pot to improve public transport in Brierley Hill, Merry Hill and Cradley Heath. The funding is made up of contributions from the Department for Transport, bus operators, Centro, Sandwell Council and Dudley Council.
Cllr Roger Horton, Centro lead member for rail and Midland Metro, said: “This new interchange is great news for passengers, providing first-rate facilities and the latest in information technology. It provides better connectivity for people using the Merry Hill shopping centre and also for local people travelling further afield.”
Brenda Lawrence, head of Snow Hill Services for London Midland, said: “The new interchange makes it easier for people to transfer between a range of transport options with bus, bike, car and train all coming together in one place.
“This really is all about improving journeys for public transport users in the West Midlands.”
Kerry Jukes-Rowe, Pensnett bus garage manager for National Express West Midlands, said: “National Express West Midlands are really pleased to see that the many tens of thousands of our bus customers who use this area each week will now benefit from the opening of these new and extended facilities.”