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Historic well uncovered during West Midlands Metro construction

An old and forgotten fountain, 8.5 metres deep, has been uncovered during excavation works in Flood Street car park, Dudley, during preparatory works prior to the extension of the West Midlands Metro across Wednesbury and Brierley Hill.

This is not the first time that a lost piece of history has been unearthed during works to extend the Metro across the region. In Summer 2018, an old footpath dating back to the late 18th to mid-19th century was also found during excavations in Birmingham city centre.

Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise at Dudley Council, said: “Dudley has a long and fascinating history, and it is always exciting to discover items of historical interest. The unearthing of the well provides a very interesting look at Dudley in days-gone-by at a time when so much work is taking place to transform the borough through new developments and technological advances, including the Metro.”

Mosin Khurshid, Head of Utilities at the Midland Metro Alliance, which is constructing the route on behalf of Transport for West Midlands, added: “When carrying out excavation works there is always a possibility for items of historical importance to be uncovered.

“We paused our works for a short period while we investigated the find and the utilities have now been re-routed around it. The site will be backfilled to allow a new highway to be constructed in the area.”

When complete, the Metro extension will boost public transport in the Black Country, providing much-needed links to the existing heavy and light rail networks.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com
SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST. A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series. Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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