Dudley MP Ian Austin has welcomed plans to invest in a new rail scheme in Dudley.
The Government has announced extra funding for the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, with investment planned for the creation of a Light Rail Innovation Centre in Dudley.
As well as offering leading research and education, the plans will create a rail link between Dudley Port station and the sit of Dudley town’s old station at the bottom of Castle Hill.
Austin has been campaigning to bring rail services to Dudley for the last decade, raising the issue on many occasions with the council, the government and transport bodies and has written to Dudley Council and local transport provider Centro supporting the plans.
Ian Austin said:
“Ever since I became an MP, I've been working to bring rail services to Dudley.
“Connecting the town to the wider transport network will help bring new businesses and new jobs to our town, help visitors get to the Castle, the Zoo and the Black Country Museum and make it easier for local people to get to work elsewhere.
“This funding brings a Dudley rail link one step closer and I’ll be working with Dudley Council and Centro the project gets the full funding it needs.”