Wolverhampton city center renovations, host of cycling for Birmingham 2022

Wolverhampton city center, set to host the cycling time trial event at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, is set to undergo its first phase of transformation next week.

Starting Monday (July 12), construction begins on Bell Street in an area that will host street food and drink vendors as well as live entertainment.

Major work is scheduled to begin in August, which involves demolishing unused buildings at Cleveland Parade and replacing them with a new parking lot.

This is being paid for by the UK government’s Future High Street Fund and work is expected to be completed in 2023.

“It will be a transformation for our city center and will be a key part of Wolverhampton’s recovery plan following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Councilor Steve Evans, a member of the city’s environment cabinet .

West Park is set to host the cycling time trial in Birmingham 2022 © Getty Images
West Park is set to host the cycling time trial in Birmingham 2022 © Getty Images

“Confidence in investing in the city remains high and we are working with a wide range of partners and key stakeholders to continue to drive and accelerate growth.”

Hosting the cycling time trial is part of a five-year event strategy for the city which also includes the British Art Show 9, the Creation Day Festival and the reopening of the Civic Halls.

A third phase should begin later this year, which will see the reopening of municipal halls in 2022 and the establishment of a new cycle path.

Wolverhampton won the cycling time trial in September, with the start and finish line located at West Park.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place from July 28 to August 8.

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