Wolverhampton transport Interchange project shortlisted for three awards

Wolverhampton Council’s transport interchange scheme built to improve transport links in Wolverhampton has been shortlisted for three awards.

It has been shortlisted for the Construction Project of the Year, Regeneration Project of the Year and Sustainability awards at the West Midlands Property Awards 2020.

The scheme has seen the extension of the Midland Metro and the construction of the city’s new railway station building.

Councillor Stephen Simkins, cabinet member for city economy, said: “The railway station is a beacon of the multi-billion-pound regeneration that is taking place across our city. It is an extraordinary project and I am delighted it is getting the recognition it deserves.

“A lot of hard work has been done by the council, Ion Developments and partners to make this transformational scheme a reality.”

More than 40 businesses and projects are featured in 10 categories of the awards, with the winner announced on March 4 next year at Hilton Birmingham Metropole hotel.

The railway station building is expected to be completed in early next year, with extension works to the Metro – connecting it to the station – set to take place.

Councillor Simkins added: “Projects like the railway station, and other capital schemes like the i9 office development and Civic Halls are critical to our recovery from Covid-19 – creating jobs, driving further investment and giving our businesses confidence to get back on their feet and grow.

“The completed Interchange will connect train, tram and bus in one place and will ultimately provide a gateway to our city that we can all enjoy using – and be proud of.”

The nomination comes on the back of the project being shortlisted as one of six schemes for the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) West Midlands Awards for Planning Excellence 2020 prize, with the winner to be announced next month.

Wolverhampton Interchange Partnership consists of Wolverhampton Council, Ion Developments, West Midlands Combined Authority, West Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast, Network Rail, Midland Metro Alliance, Canal & River Trust, and Black Country LEP.

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