Closure of Craddock Street Subway

Purpose of the consultation

The City of Wolverhampton Council is proposing to permanently close Craddock Street subway which is located near to the Avion Shopping Centre in Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton.


The subway has been recommended for closure by local councillors, residents, West Midlands Police and the Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour team as there have been incidents of anti-social behaviour within it and reports that it is a unpleasant and intimidating place.


Pedestrian surveys conducted in the subway and on the traffic signal crossing identified low usage of the subway but significant use of the signal crossing. Reasons for the low usage have been linked to the unappealing walk through and anti-social behaviour.


The Council has listened to residents and businesses in the area and has drafted plans to close the subway permanently by infilling it and landscaping surrounding the area.


The objectives of the closure are to:


·         Removal of the source of the crime in the area as identified by West Midlands Police.

·         Address ongoing problems of flooding, vandalism, graffiti and maintenance of the subway.

·         Creation of new public open space on both sides of the subway.


As part of local action to improve the experiences of residents and business in the area, a community day event is taking place in and around the Avion Centre on Saturday 26th January 2019.  There will be activities happening throughout the morning at the Whitmore Reans Library and St. Andrew’s Church Hall near the Avion Centre.  


The event will take place between 10am and 1pm.  Lots of local organisations will be there to share information and collect views and ideas on a range of issues. We would really like to hear your views on these proposals so do please come along to this event.




If you are unable to make this community event there are a number of ways you can comment on the proposals by:


Writing to: City of Wolverhampton Council, Transportation, Civic Centre, St Peters Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SH


Email –


Telephone Customer Services on (01902) 551155 and request to speak to Amjid Mehmood.


Online survey -



Comments should be received by 1st March 2019 which is the end of the community engagement period.