Fears that loss of European Union funding could affect the viability of Dudley’s Very Light Rail Project have been negated by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond.
Leaders at Dudley Council who have plans in hand to build a new GBP28m (approx. EUR33m) line were assured by the Chancellor that the project would still receive the allocated funding from the EU.
Councillor Kurshid Ahmed, Cabinet Member for Planning andEconomic Development, said that continuance of the project was ‘guaranteed’, adding “…the project will not be affected [by Brexit] and that is reassuring for us.”
The project envisages a technology centre near Castle Hill and a test track through to Cinder Bank with a rail link through Dudley Tunnel, which will also serve as a testing ground for new rail car technology.