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The construction of a significant structure for the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension has entered the final stages of delivery in an important milestone in the development of the light rail scheme. 
The purpose-built infrastructure, which stands at over 6.2m tall will serve as the junction between the new extension and the existing operational route, is being delivered by Midland Metro Alliance, the organisation designing and delivering Metro expansions on behalf of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), since 2022. 
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said: "This is a crucial milestone in the construction of the new extension through Sandwell and Dudley and will link the new extension to the existing line. Talked about for decades, we're now actually making it happen. We're now within touching distance and set to see a service open to Dudley within a year. This is good news for local people and businesses in Sandwell and Dudley who can look forward to a rapid and frequent tram service offering vastly improved links to the wider region. Our investment in the Metro offers residents a convenient alternative to the car, helps us tackle the climate emergency and draws in investment that supports the regeneration of our much-loved towns and cities." 
Councillor Hughes, added: "The progress witnessed today is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all involved. This development will boost Sandwell's sustainable public transport options and I was very pleased to see another piece of this important route brought into being. This additional link across the Black Country to Birmingham will play a crucial role in the continued growth of the local community." 
The much-anticipated route is part of Transport for West Midlands's commitment to improving the region's public transport infrastructure and services. 
As the project enters its final phase, preparations are underway for a crucial next step which will see the new track integrated with the existing operational line during the Easter period. 
These essential activities will result in some disruption to West Midland Metro services with no operations between Wednesbury and Birmingham City Centre from Saturday 23 March until Tuesday 9 April 2024 (inclusive). 
Throughout both phases of work, Metro services between Wolverhampton and Wednesbury will be unaffected, ensuring continued provision on this part of the route. 
Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, and Councillor Peter Hughes, Sandwell Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), visited the site today (WMCA) 
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