Birmingham’s successful bid to host the Commonwealth Games has prompted Dudley Council to push for a speeding up of plans to bring trams to the borough.
The £250m Metro extension plan will see trams running from Brierley Hill to Wednesbury through Dudley town centre – a route that links the two borough towns to the rail network for the first time since the 1960s.
Work is set to begin on the new seven miles of track in 2019, and transport bosses had hoped the new route would be fully open to passengers by 2023.
Cllr Patrick Harley, the leader of Dudley Council, said: “The announcement today that Birmingham is to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games is fantastic news for the whole region.
“With thousands of extra visitors potentially coming into the region, we recognise that the Games could prove a massive economic boost for Dudley.
“We are the historic capital of the Black Country. We have big hotels and fantastic attractions like Dudley Zoo and the Black Country Living Museum.
“We need to make it as easy as possible for visitors to get to Dudley, and to that end, we will be pushing hard to can get the Metro on track a bit quicker.”
Birmingham will host the Commonwealth Games in the summer of 2022 at a cost of £750 million – the most expensive sporting event held in the country since the London Olympics of 2012.