Though the rational, utilitarian, economical decision would have been to opt for an improvement to existing bus services, the writer admits to luxuriating in the mini journey from Bull Street to New Street – as it glides smoothly through peaceful traffic-emptied streets.

Work is underway extending the route from New Street Station to Centenary Square, with services expected to start running in 2019. Funding has also been earmarked for the line to go further along Broad Street, past Five Ways and on to Edgbaston by 2021.

Duncan Tift (Business Desk) informs us that the Midland Metro Alliance has applied for permission to extend the tram service to Birmingham Eastside’s proposed HS2 station at Curzon Street, as well as offering connections to New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill, with easy access to Birmingham Coach Station and to bus routes to the south east of the city centre. It will also link  significant areas of commercial and leisure activity to the east of the city centre, the Jewellery Quarter and the Black Country.


The Midland Metro Alliance, acting on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority, will have to implement a Transport and Works Act Order. MMA consists of rail construction specialists Colas Rail, Colas Ltd, Barhale, Thomas Vale and Auctus Management Group, a consortium of design experts from Egis, Tony Gee and Pell Frischmann and WMCA specialists.

Details of the route, cost and schedule may be seen here (registration necessary):