Restoration of Dudley's historic Parkhead viaduct is nearing completion
Originally constructed in the 1880's by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, this viaduct played a vital role in connecting the town to the wider railway network. However it fell into disuse when the heavy rail line was closed in the mid twentieth century. 
Now, thanks to a major project delivered by the Midlands Metro Alliance (MMA) on behalf of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), it is seeing a new lease of life. The mult-million restoration project will see the viaduct carrying the latest extension from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill. By employing cutting edge techniques, designers and construction professionals have been able to ensure that the structure can seamlessly integrate with the modern demands of a tram system and secured its use for generations to come.  
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: "The Parkhead Viaduct restoration is a fantastic example of how vital infrastructure projects can go hand-in-hand with preserving our heritage. This restored viaduct will not only serve as a crucial transport link but will also stand as a testament to Dudley's rich industrial past. I'm thrilled to see it become visible to the public once more, offering a fantastic local landmark to once-again for residents and visitors alike." 
Tom Maplethorpe, Project Director for the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension at the MMA, said: "We're incredibly proud to have played a part in restoring an iconic local landmark. Whilst our works aim to improve and modernise the region's transport infrastructure, we always look for opportunities to preserve and honour the region's considerable industrial history". 
The viaduct will be fully revealed to the public in the coming weeks. 
A disued viaduct gets a breath of new life as part of West Midlands Metro expansion plans
Restoration of Dudley's historic Parkhead viaduct is nearing completion (WMCA) 
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