- The proposed Midland Metro extension to Edgbaston is on target to meet key milestones within its development phase in by Summer 2017.
The Transport and Works Act Order was submitted on Tuesday (4 April 2017) and the documents are available for viewing by the public at the Library of Birmingham in Centenary Square, or can be found online here . The project team intend to submit the final business case this summer.
On the ground good progress is being made on the first phase of advanced utility works from Centenary Square to Edgbaston via Broad Street. These works will remove the rumble strip in the middle of the carriageway to make way for the future transport scheme, and relocating all utilities into the footpath.
- The utility diversion works are progressing well for the future extension from Centenary Square to Edgbaston. Work has started to remove the rumble strip from the middle of the road on Broad Street to prepare for the future construction works in 2019.
Temporary Traffic Management
In preparation for the tram network extending to Edgbaston by 2021 some structural surveys are required at the Five Ways Underpass. This will mean that the underpass will be closed overnight between Monday 17 July and Thursday 20 July 2017, and again between Sunday 23 July and Wednesday 26 July 2017. More information can be found here.
Midland Metro Alliance apologises for any inconvenience that this temporary closure may cause.
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What are the main features of the route?
The Edgbaston Extension will extend the network by approximately 1.35km running from the Centenary Square stop on Broad Street, passing over the Worcester/Birmingham Canal via Broad Street Canal Bridge before continuing south-west through the Five Ways underpass and to the terminus located outside 54 Hagley Road.
The entirety of the tram line will be on-street running, meaning the route follows existing roads bound by residential, commercial and business buildings. The scheme will include two tram stops (in addition to the terminus) which are: Brindleyplace and Five Ways. The trams are intended to run on battery power between Centenary Square and Brindleyplace, and also between Five Ways and Hagley Road, and therefore there is no requirement for overhead lines or building fixings on those sections.
What are the benefits of undertaking the extension?
There are social, economic and environmental benefits of undertaking this extension. These include:
- Greater accessibility and connectivity to the West of the City
- Supporting economic and population growth by linking jobs and people
- Improving sustainable transport options along Broad Street and to the west of the city
- Improving the public realm and the image of the city whilst also encouraging development
What is the outline programme for delivery?
Consultation around the route is scheduled to begin in late 2016. The current programme shows construction to begin in 2019 with full opening of services in 2021.
What service is expected to run on the extension?
- Service frequency: 6 minute at peaks, 8 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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