The Challenge

SYSTRA was commissioned by Ion Developments to provide the Transport Planning and Highway Engineering expertise within their infrastructure delivery team to deliver the Wolverhampton Interchange regeneration scheme. The scheme’s aim is to kick start the regeneration of Wolverhampton City Centre by improving the key gateways in to the city. The scheme is centred around the bus and railway station and contained a number of other commercial buildings.

SYSTRA's Role

SYSTRA provided transport planning, traffic modelling and highway design for the Bus Station redevelopment, Railway Station redevelopment and the building 10 office/retail development. In the early stages of the project SYSTRA developed the transport side of the masterplan. Early focus was on connecting the railway station with the bus station to create effective interchange between the two and access into the city centre. This also involved the inclusion of Transport for West Midlands aspiration for the extension of the Wolverhampton end of the Midland Metro Tram line.

In 2009, SYSTRA produced the transport assessment that supported the successful planning application for the Bus Station and redevelopment of the Queens Building. In 2010, SYSTRA were novated to BAM Construction to undertake the highway design of the bus station and offsite junction improvements. The bus station opened in 2011. In 2012, SYSTRA produced the transport statement for the successful application for Building 10. In 2014 SYSTRA produced the transport statement and layout design for the railway station multi-storey car park extension. In 2015, SYSTRA were novated to Balfour Beatty to undertake the highways and drainage design of the MSCP, which opened in 2017. Currently SYSTRA are undertaking the external surface and drainage design for the railway station building redevelopment under a D&B contractor with Galliford Try.