The Midlands Metro Alliance has applied to build and operate a new extension to the new Birmingham Metro, which would see an extension from Bull Street, Digbeth and Curzon Street which would see it extended through Eastside.
The proposed 1.05 Mile extension is designed to serve Birminghams transport hub with stops at New Street, Moor Street, Snow Hill and the upcoming HS2 station at Curzon street.
Cllr Roget Lawrence, the leader of Transport West Midlands Combined Authority said:
“The Birmingham Eastside extension will provide a direct high-quality link between the significant areas of commercial and leisure activity to the east of the city centre and the Jewellery Quarter and the Black Country.
It will not only improve access for existing business travellers and commuters but also provide easier access to jobs for the unemployed, further encourage tourism and leisure travel.
This will help spread economic benefits from HS2 and local developments, which will increase economic opportunities across the West Midlands.”
The route will start at the corner of Bull Street and Corporation Street. It will continue to run along Lower Bull Street to the south end of Albert Street. It will then cross Moor Street Queensway down to Curzon Street before running through Meriden Street and then finally turning left onto Digbeth High Street.
There will be four stops on the proposed route:
The extension is expected to cost £137.2 million and work is expected to begin in 2019, with the line set to open in 2023.
Midland Metro Alliance director Alejandro Moreno said:
“The development of this route will play a key part in helping to unlock the potential of the Eastside of Birmingham and will be an important part of the regeneration in this area.”
The Midland Metro runs between Birmingham’s New Street Station and Wolverhampton City Centre, serving locations such as the Jewellery Quarter, West Bromwich, Wednesbury and Bilston.
Work is now underway extending the route from New Street Station to Centenary Square, with services expected to start running in 2019. The next step has also been set with funding been set for the line to go further along Broad Street, past Five Ways and on to Edgbaston by 2021.