Birmingham Eastside Extension

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What are the main features of the route?


1.7km of twin track running from the current line at Bull Street/Corporation Street to a new terminus at High Street Deritend following the map (right). It will serve the proposed HS2 station on Curzon Street and we are working with the developers of this to ensure a smooth delivery process.

The scheme will include four tram stops as follows:

  • Albert Street
  • Under the proposed HS2 station in New Canal Street
  • Meriden Street
  • A terminus stop on High Street Deritend.


The extension will serve the Eastside regeneration area, offering connections to New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill stations, along with the new HS2 station. The scheme includes a bus interchange adjacent to Hotel La Tour to replace bus stops that will need to be removed due to the Metro alignment and to provide bus, Sprint and coach interchange with HS2.

To develop this route, we submitted a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) in October 2016. If successful this will authorise us to construct, operate and maintain the route. Transport for West Midlands undertook consultation in April & May 2016 ahead of submitting the TWAO application (see below).
What are the benefits of undertaking the extension?

Benefits of undertaking this extension include:

  • Opportunities for encouraging the use of Midland Metro as an alternative to the private car, thereby helping to reduce congestion, noise and greenhouse gases, improving local air quality and generating opportunities for improving walking and cycling routes
  • Providing new and improved public transport links for the Eastside and Digbeth areas and between key population, education and employment centres in the City
  • Reducing journey times and increasing legibility of the route between Digbeth, Eastside and Birmingham City Centre and complementing the regeneration projects in these areas
  • Connecting the proposed HS2 Station to the Metro network and maximising interchange opportunities between various modes including bus, rail, Sprint and coach services.
What is the outline programme for delivery?

Based upon feedback from the TWAO, we are currently working with our designer and supporting negotiations with objectors and other interested parties. If the TWAO application is approved, we anticipate that construction will start in 2019 with the extension set to be opened for passenger use in 2022/2023.

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

TWAO Inquiry

The Inquiry website with the latest information can be found here.

TWAO Documents

Supporting Documents for the Statement of Case can be found in the sections below:

BEE/A: Applicaton Documents

The TWAO application consists of a number of documents. Links to view or download the documents are below.

    1. BEE/A1 Application Letter
    2. BEE/A2 Planning Direction Application
    3. BEE/A3 Concise Statement of Aims
    4. BEE/A4 Estimate of Costs
    5. BEE/A5 Funding Statement
    6. BEE/A6 Declaration as to status of Applicant
    7. BEE/A7 List Of Consents Permissions and Licenses
    8. BEE/A8/1 Draft Order
    9. BEE/A8/2 Updated Draft Order Revision 1 31/05/17 (clean and tracked versions)
    10. BEE/A9 Explanatory Memorandum
    11. BEE/A10 Report Detailing Consultation Undertaken
    12. BEE/A11 Order Plans (Plans and Sections, Planning Direction, Traffic Regulation Order and Crown Land)
    13. BEE/A12 Book of Reference
    14. BEE/A13/1 Environmental Statement Volume 1 (Main Report)
    15. BEE/A13/2 Environmental Statement Volume 2 Technical Appendices
      1. Appendix A – General Figures
      2. Appendix B – Urban Design Strategy
      3. Appendix C – Route Option Report
      4. Appendix D1 – Construction Strategy
      5. Appendix D2 – Code of Construction Practice Part 1
      6. Appendix E – Committed and Baseline Developments
      7. Appendix F – EIA Consultation Information
      8. Appendix G – Policies and Plans Technical Information
      9. Appendix H – Scoping Report
      10. Appendix I – Scoping Opinion
      11. Appendix J – Land Use Technical Information
      12. Appendix K – Climate Change Resilience Technical Information
      13. Appendix L1 – Traffic and Transport Technical Information
      14. Appendix L2 – Transport Assessment
      15. Appendix M1 – Noise and Vibration Technical Information
      16. Appendix M2 – Promoter Noise and Vibration Policy
      17. Appendix N – Air Quality Technical Information
      18. Appendix O – Greenhouse Gases Technical Information
      19. Appendix P1 – Townscape Technical Information
      20. Appendix P2 – Arboricultural Report
      21. Appendix Q1 – Historic Environment Technical Information
      22. Appendix Q2 – Historic Environment Assessment Tables
      23. Appendix Q3 – Archaeological Watching Brief
      24. Appendix R1 – Geotechnical Desk Study
      25. Appendix R2 – Envirocheck Report Extract
      26. Appendix S – Flood Risk Assessment
      27. Appendix T1 – Ecology Technical Information
      28. Appendix T2 – Preliminary Ecological Appraisal
      29. Appendix T3 – Bat Activity Report
      30. Appendix U – Economic Impact Assessment
      31. Appendix V – Electromagnetic Fields Technical Information
    16. BEE/A13/3 Environmental Statement Volume 3 (Non-Technical Summary)
    17. BEE/A13/4 Update to Transport Assessment.compressed
    18. BEE/A13/5 Update to Environmental Statement
    19. BEE/A14 Updated Draft Order – clean version (17 Nov 2017) – original version BEE/A8
    20. BEE/A15 Updated Draft Order – tracked changes version (17 Nov 2017)
    21. BEE/A16 Updated sheet 1 of the Works and Land Plan BEE/A11 (Nov 2017)
    22. BEE/A17 Updated information for Book of Reference BEE/A12 – extract (17 Nov 2017)
BEE/B: Legal Documents
BEE/C: Scheme Development Documents
BEE/D: Economic and Business Case Documents

The TWAO application consists of a number of documents. Links to view or download the documents are below.

          1. BEE/D1 ‘Making our Mark’ West Midlands Combined Authority Strategic Economic Plan (2016)
          2. BEE/D2 A Greater Birmingham for a Greater Britain, Strategic Economic Plan 2016-2030, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, (2016)
          3. BEE/D3 Green Book Appraisal and Evaluation in Central Government, HM Treasury (2003 – as updated in 2011)
          4. BEE/D4 Public Sector Business Cases Using the Five Case Model, Green Book Supplementary Guidance on Delivering Public Value from Spending Proposals, HM Treasury (2013)
          5. BEE/D5 WebTAG Unit; Transport Appraisal Process, DfT (Jan 2014)
          6. BEE/D6 WebTAG Unit: Proportionate Update Process, DfT (Jan 2014)
          7. BEE/D7 WebTAG Adopted Unit A1.1Cost Benefit Analysis, DfT (Nov 2014)
          8. BEE/D8/A WebTag Unit A1.2 Scheme Costs, DfT (July 2017) – replacing document D/8
          9. BEE/D9 WebTAG Adopted Unit A1.3 User and Provider Impacts, DfT (Mar 2017)
          10. BEE/D10 WebTAG Adopted Unit A2.1 Wider Impacts, DfT (Jan 2014)
          11. BEE/D11 WebTAG Adopted Unit A2.2 Regeneration Impacts, DfT (Jan 2014)
          12. BEE/D12 WebTAG Adopted Unit A4.2 Distributional Impact Appraisal, DfT (Dec 2015)
          13. BEE/D13 WebTAG Consultation Draft Unit A2.1 Wider Economic Impact Appraisal, DfT (Sept 2016)
          14. BEE/D14 WebTAG Consultation Draft Unit A2.2 Induced Investment Impacts, DfT (Sept 2016)
          15. BEE/D15 WebTAG Consultation Draft Unit A2.3 Appraisal of Employment Effects, DfT (Sept 2016)
          16. BEE/D16 WebTAG Consultation Draft Unit A2.4 Appraisal of Productivity Impacts DfT (Sept 2016)
          17. BEE/D17 Transport Business Case Guidance, DfT (Jan 2013)
          18. BEE/D18/A Value for Money Framework, DfT – replacing document D18
          19. BEE/D19 Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for LA Major Schemes, DfT (Sept 2012)
          20. BEE/D20 Best Practice Guidance for Planning the Fuller Evaluations of Local Authority Major Schemes, DfT (2013)
          21. BEE/D21 West Midlands Combined Authority Devolution Agreement, HM Treasury and West Midlands Combined Authority, 2015
          22. BEE/D22 Department for Communities and Local Government Letter confirming funding for BEE 27 (June 2016)
          23. BEE/D23/1 Birmingham Eastside Extension Draft Business Case, Commercial Case, WMCA (May 2017)
          24. BEE/D23/2 Birmingham Eastside Extension Draft Business Case, Financial Case, WMCA (May 2017)
          25. BEE/D23/3 Birmingham Eastside Extension Draft Business Case, Strategic Case, WMCA (May 2017)
          26. BEE/D23/4 Birmingham Eastside Extension Draft Business Case, Management Case, WMCA (May 2017)
          27. BEE/D23/5 Birmingham Eastside Extension Draft Business Case, Economic Case, WMCA (May 2017)
BEE/E: Policy Documents

The TWAO application consists of a number of documents. Links to view or download the documents are below.

            1. BEE/E1 National Planning Policy Framework, Department for Communities and Local Government (March 2012)
            2. BEE/E2/1 Extract from National Planning Policy Guidance: Ensuring the Vitality of Town Centres, Department for Communities and Local Government (March 2014)
            3. BEE/E2/2 Extract from National Planning Policy Guidance: Noise, Department for Communities and Local Government (March 2014)
            4. BEE/E2/3 Extract from National Planning Policy Guidance: Travel Plans, Transport Assessments and Statements in Decision-taking, Department for Communities and Local Government (March 2014)
            5. BEE/E2/4 Extract from National Planning Policy Guidance: Use of Planning Conditions, Department for Communities and Local Government (March 2014)
            6. BEE/E3 Birmingham Plan 2031: Birmingham Development Plan (Part of Birmingham’s’ Local Plan), Planning for Sustainable Growth (adopted January 2017)
            7. BEE/E4 Bordesley Park Area Action Plan, Pre-Submission Report, Birmingham City Council, (February 2017)
            8. BEE/E5 Birmingham Mobility Action Plan, White Paper ‘Birmingham Connected’, Birmingham City Council, (November 2014)
            9. BEE/E6 Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon: Making Sustainable Local Transport Happen, White Paper, Department for Transport, (January 2011)
            10. BEE/E7 Door to Door: A strategy for Improving Sustainable Transport Integration, DfT, (March 2013)
            11. BEE/E8 Building our Industrial Strategy Green Paper, (January 2017)
            12. BEE/E9 ‘High Speed 2: Get Ready’ HS2 Growth Taskforce, DfT (March 2014)
            13. BEE/E10 West Midlands Local Transport Plan (2011-2026): Making the Connections (2011)
            14. BEE/E11 ‘Towards a World Class Integrated Transport Network’ Vision Document, Centro (2013)
            15. BEE/E12 White Paper ‘Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon’: Making Local Sustainable Transport Happen, Department for Transport January 2011
            16. BEE/E13 Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area-Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system European Commission Transport White Paper (March 2011)
            17. BEE/E14 West Midlands Strategic Transport Plan: Movement for Growth, West Midlands Combined Authority, (June 2016)
            18. BEE/E15 HS2 – Unlocking the benefits: West Midlands Connectivity Package, Transport for West Midlands, (2013)
            19. BEE/E16 The Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy: Accelerating the UK’s engine of growth, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, (July 2015)
            20. BEE/E17 Midlands Connect Strategy: powering the Midlands Engine, Midlands Connect, March 2017
            21. BEE/E18 Centro Integrated Public Transport Prospectus, Centro (Jan 2010)
            22. BEE/E19 Curzon Street HS2 Masterplan for Growth, Birmingham City Council (July 2015)
            23. BEE/E20 Curzon Street Investment Plan Birmingham City Council (June 2016)
            24. BEE/E21 HS2 Unlocking the Benefits West Midlands Connectivity Programme, Centro (2013)
            25. BEE/E22/1 Big City Plan City Masterplan (Part 1), Birmingham City Council (2011)
            26. BEE/E22/2 Big City Plan BCC City Masterplan (Part 2), Birmingham City Council (2011)
            27. BEE/E23 TfWM Transport Plan 2017-2018, WMCA (May 2017)
            28. BEE/E24 Guidance on Compulsory Purchase Process and The Crichel Down Rules for the disposal of surplus land acquired by, or under the threat of, compulsion Department for Communities and Local Government, (October 2015)
            29. BEE/E25 Guide to Transport and Works Act procedures, DfT (2006)
            30. BEE/E26 TfWM 2026 Delivery Plan (Sept 2017)
            31. BEE/E27 The Noise Policy Statement for England
            32. BEE/E28 National Policy Statement for National Networks
            33. BEE/E29 The Design Manual for Roads and Bridges Volume 11 Section 3 Part 7
            34. BEE/E30 Greater Birmingham and Solihull Growth Deal
            35. BEE/E31 West Midlands Bus Alliance Statutory Quality Partnership Scheme
            36. BEE/E32 2016 West Midlands Travel Trends
            37. BEE/E33 Digbeth, Deritend and Bordesley High Streets Conservation Area Character Appraisal
            38. BEE/E34 Digbeth, Deritend and Bordesley High Streets Conservation Area Map
            39. BEE/E35 Warwick Bar Conservation Area Character Appraisal
            40. BEE/E36 Warwick Bar Conservation Area Map
            41. BEE/E37 Colmore Row and Environs Conservation Area Character Appraisal (Dec 2006)
            42. BEE/E38 Birmingham Unitary Development Plan 2005 Saved Policies (Jan 2017)
            43. BEE/E39 Planning Practice Guidance – Use of Planning Conditions (Mar 2014)
            44. BEE/E40 Birmingham Smithfield Masterplan (Mar 2016)
            45. BEE/E41 Transport Investment Strategy, DfT (Jul 2017)
            46. BEE/E42 Cross City Tram Route (Oct 2017)
            47. BEE/E43 Eastside Transport Facilities (Oct 2017)
BEE/F: TWA/Inquiry Documents
APP/P: Proofs Of Evidence

Paper copies of all of the above documents are available to view at:

Archives & Collections
Level 4
The Library of Birmingham
Centenary Square
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Documents can be purchased in hard copy format. Details of how to do this including prices and the order form and can be found here.
Further information about the TWAO process including the next steps and how to make your views known can be obtained from the Government ‘Transport and Works Act Orders: A Brief Guide’

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