midland metro

The Midland Metro extension will start taking passengers into Birmingham city centre on Monday 6th December. Bull Street will be the first stop opened, taking passengers to and from Snow Hill Station. Passenger services to New Street Station will start once all infrastructure work and test running has been successfully completed, early in 2016.

The opening of the Midland Metro Bull Street stop, part of Centro’s £128 million city centre extension, will be welcomed by businesses on the route, such as the Priory Rooms, which welcomes the prospect of a quick and easy way to travel from Snow Hill and New Street station to the conference centre.

On Thursday 19th November the Queen will include the Midland Metro Bull Street stop directly opposite the Priory Rooms in her visit to Birmingham. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she will name and board one of the new trams ahead of its launch in December.

Birmingham Updates report that Centro has announced that passengers will be taken directly to a new stop in Bull Street as the first step in the opening of the £128 million city centre tram extension.

Centro chief executive Geoff Inskip said: “There has been a tremendous effort from everyone involved in this project with people working around the clock in recent weeks. I would particularly like to thank Retail Birmingham for all its support and co-operation. It is because of that hard work that we will be able to start running trams into the city centre at Bull Street before Christmas”.

Centro’s decision to reduce construction work over the Christmas period has been warmly welcomed by Retail Birmingham, which is hoping for bumper Christmas crowds again this year.

Birmingham Updates adds that work has begun on extending the route from New Street Station to Centenary Square with services expected to start running in 2019. Outline funding approval has been earmarked to extend the route still further along Broad Street, past Five Ways and on to Edgbaston by 2021.

tram-mapFor key and larger map, see http://www.paradisebirmingham.co.uk/situation/

The route of a further extension through Digbeth has also been chosen, running between the Bull Street/Corporation Street, via Albert Street and on to the forthcoming HS2 high speed rail station at Curzon Street. From there it would go along New Canal Street and Meriden Street into High Street Deritend, stopping at Digbeth Coach Station and the Custard Factory. It is anticipated the line could be open by 2023.