Brierley Hill Metro – Station Enhancement
SYSTRA were appointed by Transport for West Midlands (formerly Centro) to assess the new metro line from Wednesbury Great Western Street on the existing Line 1, to Brierley Hill. The new metro line will support delivery of economic benefits to one of the most important regeneration corridors in the West Midlands, passing through areas set to experience significant investment in the form of new housing, retail, leisure and employment.
To ensure the Review could be carried out consistently, SYSTRA established six “best practice” criteria for metro stop design against which to assess the challenges affecting each stop and its environs in terms of safety, accessibility, walking and cycling links to surrounding streets, the potential for direct interchange with other transport modes, the relationship of the stop location to local amenities, and ways in which the stop could best unlock the regeneration potential along the route.
SYSTRA also identified three stop “types” and associated design considerations that reflect the changing nature of the route and its surrounding current and future context. Also, the different levels of use and function each stop were considered, in terms of the need for each stop to accommodate commuters, visitors and general leisure travellers. Each stop was assigned a stop type, reviewed against the best practice criteria and recommendations were made for improvements to be incorporated into the ongoing design work.
A walking tour of the proposed route was undertaken to identify current issues and opportunities affecting each site, including the quality of the surrounding walking and cycling environment and its ability to encourage active travel to and from the stop.