Funding gives green light for Midland Metro to extend out to Edgbaston

The next stage of the Midland Metro line through Birmingham has been given the green light.

Midland Metro

Midland Metro. Pic: Elliott Brown

The Department for Transport (DoT) has committed to almost £60million of funding for the extension of the tram route out to Edgbaston.

Five new stops will be built as part of the project which is being paid for by the DoT, the West Midlands Combined Authority, Birmingham City Council and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

Transport Minister Paul Maynard said the new route would have a real impact on the city.

“Midland Metro is already a success story, with passenger journeys up over 50% in the year since the extension to Grand Central opened in 2016,” he said. “This new extension will be a further boost to Birmingham businesses, will make travelling to work easier for commuters and will increase access to some of the West Midlands major leisure venues.

“But just as importantly, it will help ease the pressure on the roads as it will provide an alternative for getting in and out of the city centre. This is a vital project and one which we are delighted to be able to support.”

The new stops will be at the the Town Hall, Centenary Square, BrindleyPlace, and at two further drop off points either side of the Five Ways roundabout in Edgbaston.

The route will also mean the Metro links up to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the International Convention Centre and Symphony Hall.

Parts of the route will be constructed without overhead wires to limit impact on historic areas of the city. On-board batteries will be used to allow the trams to run through these sections of the line.

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