Birmingham Eastside Route
The route of a further Midland Metro tram extension through the heart of the Digbeth area of central Birmingham has been chosen.
The decision to run the trams along High Street Deritend, serving key locations like Digbeth Coach Station and The Custard Factory has been agreed by Centro and Birmingham City Council following public consultation in which 74 per cent of people voted for the High Street option rather than an alternative route along Fazeley Street.
The first section of the Eastside Metro route was agreed last year and will run between the extension currently being built at Bull Street in the city centre, via Albert Street and on to the forthcoming HS2 high speed rail station at Curzon Street. But after securing extra Government money last summer to take the extension further into Digbeth the public were offered the chance to have their say on which of two possible routes the trams should take.
The overwhelming favourite was for a 1.5km long route from the HS2 station along New Canal Street and Meriden Street before turning left on to High Street Deritend. It then runs along the centre of the carriageway with a stop close to the junction of Milk Street to serve Digbeth Coach Station and the Custard Factory before turning left into Adderley Street where a terminus is proposed.
Bilston Road Works update
Engineers have now devised a solution consisting of a geo-textile membrane and geogrid to stabilise the ground, in between layers of compacted hardcore and capped with a reinforced 5m wide concrete slab running through the 55m length of the workings. This work is progressing well with the concrete slab now being poured and we expect that the route into St George's will re-open by the end of March.
Work is continuing on Paradise Circus Development and full details are available at Birmingham Connected. Network West Midlands has details of any bus service changes. From 31 January, Broad Street inbound will be closed to private vehicles from Bridge Street to Paradise Circus. Utilities work for the Centenary Square extension for Midland Metro will start later this year but we will be doing site investigation works during March.
Birmingham City Centre Extension
The off street section by Snow Hill One and Two is progressing well. Rails are being installed along this area which will link into the rail already in place at Colmore Circus. The worksite on Corporation Street will soon be moving up the street towards the stop area by the junction of Cherry St. In Stephenson St the work to install the rail and crossovers are progressing and we are working closely with Network Rail to ensure that access to te station is maintained.
Midland Metro Van
The van has resumed its regular fortnightly drop-in centre on Corporation Street for visitors and retailers to find out more about the Metro construction. The van will be outside Superdrug on Corporation Street from 11:30 until 14:00 on 1st and 8th April. Apologies but the 25th March visit was cancelled at short notice.
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