The Metro the first tram to run in the West Midlands for over 40 years was opened in the summer of 1999. It runs from Wolverhampton to Snow Hill in Birmingham City Centre. The system was designed to reduce traffice congestion and pollution in the West Midlands. It is very popular for people who want to shop in Bilston, West Bromwich and Birmingham and also for people getting to the nightlife both in Wolverhampton and Birmingham
June 2004 The railway station is being being improved. A fourth through platform is being built in order to improve the train access into the station and reduce the queues of trains to get into the station. At the same time a new footbridge and passenger lifts are being built
The work is due to be completed for the new timetable due to start on 27th September 2004
The current service is a tram every 8 minutes on Wolverhampton's only tram service, from the Bus Station to Snow Hill Railway Station in Birmingham via West Bromwich. The entire service is above ground . The route is 12.6 miles long with 23 stops (only 6 in Birmingham) and carries 5 million people a year. An application has been made to government to extend the metro line for another 2 miles at the Birmingham end at a cost of GBP65 million.
An application has also been made to build a second metro from Walsall to Dudley and Brierley Hill through West Bromwich and Wolverhampton.
From 20.12.03 Virgin will start to run some of their new electric Pendlino trains on the Euston to Wolverhampton service. These are the new 140mph tilting trains, but initially they will not be exceeding 125mph.
10.1.2004 This service will soon be extended to Glasgow