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Dudley plans regeneration on back of new tram line

Dudley plans regeneration on back of new tram line

Councillors in Dudley are set to outline details of plans for a £40 million regeneration of the town.

Dudley town centre is a key target for regeneration after suffering a commercial decline dating back to the 1980s, when the Merry Hill Shopping Centre opened in nearby Brierley Hill, the Business Desk reports.

The blueprint will be presented to West Midlands metro mayor Andy Street when he visits the town today (September 19th).

Central to the redevelopment of the town is the £200 million expansion of the Midlands Metro tram system, with construction work including the extension of the system westwards through the Black Country, including a stop in Dudley where the town's former railway station stands. 

This could help boost the number of people travelling to the town, boosting tourism and helping fill empty shops. 

Mr Street commented earlier this year on how the development could help bolster the Black Country region, commenting: "The business case shows that for every pound invested in this project, it will return £2.50 for the local economy. 

"It will align employment, education, health and tourism along the corridor, stimulating investment in the Black Country and enabling the building of 50,000 homes and bringing 170 hectares of brownfield land."

Part of the Black Country is already covered by the Metro, which originally ran from Wolverhampton to Birmingham via Wednesbury and West Bromwich. However, the system is now being expanded in various directions.

Last year saw the start of street running in Birmingham city centre, with the line connecting Snow Hill and New Street railway stations. Work has now begun on preparing the route of the westward extension to Five Ways in Edgbaston, with this including the temporary removal of the Iron Man statue in Victoria Square.

There will also be an eastward extension to the Curzon Street HS2 hub, and potentially further east out as far as Birmingham Airport. 

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