20th Anniversary of the Metro!


Last year more than seven million people used the 12.5 mile route, which now runs through to Grand Central in Birmingham  – the highest figure since its inception and a million more than in 2017.

And that figure is set to grow year-on-year as the Midland Metro Alliance opens up a series of new extensions.

“Its a great transport project, and I am delighted its made its 20TH anniversary. 
Not only is it a transport project that we need, it is also a very good economic tool. All the housing and the industrial development now clustering around the metro on Line One is a testimony to that. When it was first designed and constructed the line was running through derelict land,empty space and industrial ruin. That changed and is still changing when metro started to operate.

My big hope is that Wolverhampton can get two more extensions. One that reaches to Wednesfield, and points towards Walsall, and one that it serves the new Molineux from the transport Hub in Wolverhampton and stretches out towards the housing estates and industrial developments around Jaguar and the M54 corridor.I am hopeful that the Wolverhampton City Council will recognise that these two schemes would be the right sort of transportation planning for the next 20-30 years

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more