Embankment being built for the new Metro extension from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill
In 2019 the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) ordered 21 new CAF Urbos 3 trams, which doubled the size of the fleet.
Eleven have already been delivered, and the rest are due to arrive later this year before the extension between Wednesbury and Dudley is completed in 2024.
Extra capacity is needed to store and maintain these trams and regional transport bosses have approved a £43 million redevelopment of its depot in Potters Lane in Wednesbury which will more than double its capacity and provide space to manoeuvre around the yard.
Construction of the depot extensions is now underway, and space has already been cleared to expand the yard and construct track to provide a direct link to the new Dudley extension.
Included in the works are extensions and improvements to the workshop and maintenance facilities, a tram wash, a new operations centre, and staff facilities to accommodate the increasing size of the workforce.
It is estimated that expansion of the network and depot will create 150 new jobs.
Development is being led by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), which is part of the West Midlands Combined Authority which owns the Metro system, and construction is being carried out by the Midland Metro Alliance, which is responsible for delivering all West Midlands Metro infrastructure.
Funding is being provided by the City Region Sustainable Funding Settlement that was awarded to the West Midlands last year.
Next to the depot, work is well advanced on constructing a junction to link the existing line between Birmingham and Wolverhampton with the new line to Dudley town centre, including constructing an incline so the new track can join the existing raised line next to the depot.
The new Dudley line includes nine stops and is scheduled to open next year, and there are plans to eventually extend the line to Brierley Hill.