FinditintheBlackCountry is hosting a ‘meet the buyer’ breakfast meeting, giving Black Country businesses the chance to talk one-to-one with Midland Metro Alliance buyers to find out more about the supply packages on the highly anticipated Wednesbury to Brierley Hill tram line.
The event at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill, Dudley is in line with the organisation’s aim to see local firms benefit from the work. Everything from engineering to landscaping, cleaning and lighting is needed for the 11.5km tram route.
The organisation wants 80% of procurement to be with local businesses, meaning the economic benefit of the congestion-busting scheme is felt before the line has even carried its first passengers.
The breakfast meeting, which starts at 7.30am on Tuesday 17 April 2018, will see speakers from Midland Metro Alliance outline their plans and how they hope to work with businesses.
Paula Gray from the Midland Metro Alliance said: “This is the chance for a one-to-one meeting with the buyers involved in one of the biggest infrastructure schemes ever seen in the Black Country. We want to see the local supply chain involved as much as possible in everything from demolition to bridgework, labour to plant hire, drainage to lighting and more. This is a fantastic opportunity for Black Country businesses who want to be a part of this transformative project.”
The event will reveal more about the plans and benefits of the extension, the support and training on offer for local small and medium enterprises (SME) and the various funding streams. Around 200 other delegates will also be available for networking.
Construction of 11.5km tram route is expected to begin in 2019 with the first passenger services running from 2022 to Dudley Town Centre and service to Brierley Hill commencing the following year. Part of the route will go along the old South Staffordshire railway line with trams stopping at the Merry Hill shopping centre, Dudley bus station and will serve Dudley Zoo and Castle.
The line complements the existing Wolverhampton to Birmingham service, which opened in 1999, and four other extension projects are either in construction or design stages across Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country.