Dudley light rail project pushing ahead at pace

Dudley's Very Light Rail programme is moving forward at pace as the structure of the new innovation centre takes shape.

The new test track is hailed as the linchpin in making Dudley a global focus in rail innovation and runs from the bottom of Castle Hill to Cinder Bank Island. It's where a Coventry VLR prototype vehicle, which is being developed by Coventry City Council and WMG, will be tested later this year. Councillor Patrick Harley, leader of Dudley Council, said:

"This project continues to move forward at pace, despite the national restrictions, which is excellent news and is one step closer to making Dudley a global leader in rail innovation.

"In August last year the West Midlands Combined Authority supported a £13 million bid to bridge a funding shortfall in the scheme. The combined Authority has also supported the VLR scheme as part of its wider vision for the West Midlands."

The new centre will sit next to the 2.2km test track facility with the work being overseen by the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation.

The new centre, which will be completed next year, will sit next to the test track and is being delivered by the council. The centre will boast a triple-height engineering hall, research laboratories, conference and seminar rooms and offices for 45 people.

There will also be public areas, including exhibition spaces and an auditorium. For more information, you can visit www.bcimo.co.uk.


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