The project will put Dudley at the forefront of developing ways to reduce the weight and cost of #railcars and track for a cheaper alternative to heavy rail and traditional ‘#Metro’ urban #transport #systems.
Facilities will include a triple-height engineering hall, research laboratories, conference and seminar rooms, and offices for 45 people, alongside more public areas, including exhibition spaces, a café and an auditorium.
There will also be a 2km test track along a disused railway line and platforms.
This project aims to deliver all of the benefits of trams but at a cost of £10m per km, compared with an average of £50m per km for a traditional tram solution
Very Light Rail could put the old rail routes in towns and cities back into service at a fraction of the cost of heavier rail alternatives.