A KEY road next to Merry Hill Shopping Centre is to close for more than a month for tram extension works.

The Embankment will close for five weeks from January 17 while work is carried out bring the Midland Metro to Dudley and Brierley Hill.

A signed diversion route will be in place for shoppers wanting to access the centre.

A statement from Transport for West Midlands said: "The Midland Metro Alliance (MMA), working on behalf of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), will be carrying out the essential activity from 17 January 2022.

"There will be a full closure on The Embankment from 17 January 2022 for 5 weeks.

"Once the first phase of works are complete further utility upgrades and diversions will continue throughout the winter and early spring 2022 with localised restrictions in place.

"A signed diversion is in place."

The work is part of the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension project.