East Birmingham & Solihull
What are the main features of the route?
The extension of the Midland Metro from Digbeth to East Birmingham-Solihull will play a key role in delivering the full potential for growth and jobs of HS2 and provide transformational benefits to areas of economic and social deprivation by giving people access to jobs and services, linked to the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) training and skills agenda.
The 16km extension will link growing residential areas and key destinations such as: Heartlands Hospital with existing and new growth areas including Curzon HS2, Birmingham City Centre office and retail districts, Paradise Circus/Arena Central developments and Brindleyplace/Five Ways/Edgbaston to the west, and the NEC/Airport and UK Central to the east.
The Business case for the East Birmingham to Solihull route was submitted last week to Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
Preparations to request funding from West Midlands Combined Authority are underway in order to cover the development phase up to submission of the Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) in September 2018. This will include the preliminary design, environmental assessments and transport assessment.
What are the benefits of undertaking the extension?
Benefits of undertaking this extension includes:
- The extension will link growing residential areas and key community destinations such as Heartlands Hospital with existing and new growth areas and transport hubs, including Curzon HS2, Birmingham City Centre office and retail districts, Paradise Circus/Arena Central developments with Brindleyplace/Five Ways/Edgbaston to the west, and the NEC/Airport and UK Central to the east
- Opportunities for modal shift to Midland Metro, helping reduce congestion, noise and greenhouse gases, improving local air quality and generating opportunities for improving walking and cycling routes
- Providing a more integrated transport system complimenting other modes including cycling, walking and bus travel and the proposed A45 Sprint, through the development of a new interchange at the HS2 stop
- Supports the regeneration of areas of high deprivation and unemployment by connecting communities to improved employment opportunities, and health, educational and social services
What is the outline programme for delivery?
The promotion of the EBS Extension will require a new Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application to be submitted to provide the powers to construct, maintain and operate the tramway between Birmingham and Solihull. An Initial Outline Business Case (IOBC) is currently being developed for the scheme for approval by the Government in order to unlock the further development funding required to take the project through its next steps of route design, public consultation and preparation of the TWAO application. The IOBC is scheduled to be submitted to the DfT during the summer 2016. If this application is approved, construction is planned to start in 2023, with the extension set to be opened to service in 2026.
What service is expected to run on the extension?
- Service frequency: 6 minute at peaks, 15 minute off peak
- Monday to Friday Service: 04:40 to 00:15; Saturday Service: 04:40 to 01:00
- Sunday Service: 07:20 to 00:10 at 15 minute frequency
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