a large city in the West Midlands with a population approaching a
quarter of a million people. The wider urban area of Wolverhampton
is the 13th largest city in the country and is a metropolitan
borough of the West Midlands.
Historically, Wolverhampton prospered as a market town and wool
trading town until the Industrial Revolution changed the city to a
mining and production based community.
Some of the areas Wolverhampton profited in was the limestone, iron
and coal industries in addition to the production of cars,
motorcycles and steel. In fact, the first vehicle to pass the 200mph
speed record was built in the city.
The city gained the nickname the "Black Country" in the 19th century
due the heavy industrial pollution that covered much of the south
east areas of the city in black soot.
In the mid 19th century a statue was put up to commemorate Price
Albert. Queen Victoria was delighted at the statue and knighted John
Morris, the mayor.
Wolverhampton is also famous for having the first ever automated set
of traffic lights in the late 1920's. Located at Prices Square,
there is still traditional striped poles to acknowledge this.
Wolverhampton has superb traffic links and is acclaimed for its
excellent public transport systems. Because of the well run public
transport in the city, car ownership is actually lower than the
There are several motorways in close proximity to Wolverhampton
including the M6 that links to London, Liverpool Manchester and
Scotland. The M54 road connects Wolverhampton with Wales and, along
the way, Telford and Shrewsbury.
By rail, the main Wolverhampton Railway Station operates services on
the West Coast Main Line to Manchester, London and nearby
Birmingham. A new railway service, due to launch later in 2008 will
operate services to Shropshire and Marylebone Railway Stations.
Wolverhampton does have a small airport but the closest major
airport is the Birmingham International Airport (just over 20 miles
away) which operates domestic and European flights to many
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