28 August 2014

Work has begun on the Cradley Heath Interchange scheme, a £1.7m project awarded as part of the Centro Framework, to design and construct a new cutting edge passenger concourse which will transform the existing Cradley Heath bus and rail facilities.

The new interchange will consist of six new bus stands, four within the main building and two on a newly-constructed island stand. Each bus stand will have automatic doors that only open when the bus arrives. The interchange system will also be increased in width by 11m to allow two-way flow for buses.

The new main building will feature a bright and inviting waiting area for bus and rail passengers who can use facilities such as:

  • Electronic passenger information for bus and rail
  • Enhanced safety and security, with CCTV and Help Points
  • Tactile information at each stand
  • Talking totems that will give audio passenger information when a special key fob is used

During the works temporary bus stops will be in operation nearby while the adjoining railway station will continue to operate as normal.

Cllr John McNicholas, the chairman of Centro, said that with 330 bus departures a day the current station no longer met the needs of a modern interchange. "This is an exciting development for public transport in Cradley Heath," he said. "Once completed the new interchange will offer the world class public transport facility our passengers deserve and have come to expect."

The site, in Forge Lane, was closed on September 28th for work to begin and is scheduled for completion in the New Year.