Wolves on Wheels campaigns for
- The rights of cyclists in the Wolverhampton area.
- Space for Cycling, a direct, safe and coherent cycle network.
- Secure long and short stay quality cycle parking.
- Increased integration of cycling with other transport modes.
- Promotions to raise the profile and highlight benefits of cycling.
West Midlands Rail are seeking views from local communities regarding
- facilities at their local railway station
- priorities for station improvements
- how the station could better serve the wider community
The stations they are currently seeking views on are:
Smethwick Rolf St, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Sandwell and Dudley, Dudley Port, Tipton, Coseley, Bloxwich, Bloxwich North, Landywood, Cannock, Hednesford, Rugeley Town and Rugeley Trent Valley
If one of these is your local station, they invite you to take part in this survey. Although none of these stations are in Wolverhampton, wow supporters may regularly visit these stations.
UPDATED TO REFLECT NEW PARKING 9TH JAN 2017
With various schemes in progress around Wolverhampton Railway station, we've been monitoring the various cycle parking locations.
The more survey results that we get in, the more accurate the overall results so please get involved, if possible embed into your commute?
A consultation has opened on widening the Stafford Road to 3 lanes, funded by the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership 'Local Growth Fund'.
A shared use footpath has been provided on the South side of the scheme, although this gives way to 13 side roads and junctions.
UPDATE 9th Dec 2016: Statement from City of Wolverhampton Council :
"The replacement of Wolverhampton Rail Station and its surroundings and the Metro Extension are key elements in developing a high-quality Transport Interchange serving all travellers. The project has met with challenges particularly in respect of space limitations, and initial plans have of necessity been modified as the project has progressed. However the project’s partners remain committed to enhanced provision for cycle storage in keeping with the spirit of the original plans.
Although plans remain to be finalised, it is anticipated that by the completion of the Station and Metro Extension works, the provision of cycle storage in the vicinity will match existing provision. Following this further opportunities will be explored for additional provision in development areas such as the Banana Yard, Sack Works and Steam Mill, working towards the total previously identified.
In addition it is now intended that the footpath on the south side of Railway Drive will generally remain open during the works, although occasional closure may be necessary.
Original Article as per info available 8th Dec 2016 :
According to the latest Wolverhampton Cycle Forum notes, numerous alterations have been made to the plans for the new railway station. With a month until the new access road and car parks open, current proposed cycle parking is for just 14 bikes, 7% of the planning application total.
"At this stage the only clear cycle parking is 7 covered hoops (14 spaces) adjacent to the multi-storey car park wall" .... "Other locations have been considered" ... "but as yet no commitments have been made to specific numbers or locations."
The Transport Assessment in the approved planning application states :
"A total of 200 cycle parking spaces will be provided in the vicinity of the rail station"
There are some changes happening around the centre of Wolverhampton that Wolves on Wheels (WoW) has been attempting to influence so that they are beneficial to people who would like to choose to use bikes for more of their daily journeys and to do so feeling relatively safe.
How much the Council and others are willing to listen to our inputs and produce good results on the ground remains to be seen as the projects proceed and we remain active in the Cycle Forum and through other meetings to put the case for well-designed infrastructure.