Following the completion of main construction on Phase 2 in March, this section of the station building has now been fully commissioned and authorised by the rail authorities.
It is the culmination of years of hard work by the city Council and Wolverhampton Interchange Partners, who have delivered a first-class facility, supported by funding from the Council, West Midlands Combined Authority and the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership.
The works compound in front of the new station will remain in place to enable Midland Metro Alliance (MMA) to complete the final section of the Wolverhampton city centre Metro extension to the station plaza, creating a fully integrated transport hub with the neighbouring bus station as part of the award-winning £150m Interchange.
Phase 1 of the station has been open to the public since May last year with train services running. It includes 6 ticket vending machines, new British Transport Police, toilet, accessibility and baby changing facilities, three retail units ready to be fitted out, train crew accommodation, and a spacious concourse.
Phase 2 includes 3 more retail units ready to be fitted out, as well as a customer lounge and dedicated customer help point.
MMA, working on behalf of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), returned to the city centre earlier this year to carry out a series of works to complete the project ahead of the line opening for passenger service. Further construction activity will take place throughout the summer and winter months, including finishing works along Pipers Row.
City of Wolverhampton Council Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor Stephen Simkins, said: “I am delighted that we as a Council have delivered on this vision thanks to strong collaborative work with all our partners. “A lot of hard work has been put in by everyone on the Interchange scheme and it is great to see both phases of our new railway station up and running.
“The station is symbolic of the multi billion pound regeneration that is taking place in our city.
“It has been a long held ambition to build a railway station befitting of our great city and connect train, Metro, cycle and bus in one place to provide a gateway to Wolverhampton that everyone can be proud of.
“As we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic and its restrictions in the future, people will feel the full benefit of what these impressive new facilities have to offer.
“The railway station development is a big part of how we are re-imagining and re-inventing our city centre to help boost the local economy, create jobs and make the most of our canalside areas, where we have major housing plans.”
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “Wolverhampton Railway Station is a crucial part of public transport plans for the West Midlands, and I am delighted that we’re now able to officially open the second half of the station to the public. It really is an incredible gateway to the city and I hope residents can feel a great sense of pride in it.
“The completion of phase two is also brilliant news for our Metro extension to the station, as we’re now able to get shovels back in the ground and complete the works. This means residents in Wolverhampton will soon be able to travel seamlessly across the wider West Midlands and beyond once we have the HS2 stations up and running.”