Public Exhibition on Metro Van
Starting in January 2016 again we will have the Metro Exhibition van on Corporation Street from 11:30 until 14:00 on Wednesday 13th and 27th January.
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Passengers can now travel to a new stop in Bull Street, the first step in the opening of the £128 million city centre tram extension.
Services began running to the stop on Sunday morning 6th December, the first time trams have run in the city since they were withdrawn in 1954.
This extension is just the start of a major expansion of the Metro over the next few years thanks to the regional devolution deal struck with the Government. £1.2 billion will be invested in public transport over the next 10 years.
As part of the package important new Metro links in Wolverhampton as well as Edgbaston and to Brierley Hill will all link to the High Speed 2 rail stations in Birmingham and the NEC/Airport by 2026.
Currently work on the remainder of the city centre extension has been scaled back by Centro for the Christmas period and will resume in the New Year.
Once complete the Metro extension will see trams from Wolverhampton continue into the city through Bull Street, Corporation Street and Stephenson Street to terminate at New Street station.
Work has already begun extending the route from New Street Station to Centenary Square with services expected to start running in 2019.
Funding has also been earmarked to extend the route still further along Broad Street, past Five Ways and on to Edgbaston by 2021.
The route of the extension through Digbeth has also been chosen, running from Bull Street via Albert Street and on to the forthcoming HS2 high speed rail station at Curzon Street.
From there it would go along New Canal Street and Meriden Street into High Street Deritend, stopping at Digbeth Coach Station and the Custard Factory. It is anticipated the line could be open by 2023.
The day the Queen came to Bull Street
Even the wettest weather couldn't dampen the spirits of the hundreds of people who turned out to see Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh when they visited Birmingham on Thursday 19 November.
Centro, Balfour Beatty and National Express staff were joined by local school children from the Oratory School, Abbey RC Erdington and hundreds of well wishers who cheered the Royal Couple's arrival at the new Metro stop in Bull Street where they came to name a tram 'Angus Adams' after our late Chairman. Sandwell Youth Brass Band provided the musical accompaniment to the whole event.
Geoff Inskip lead the proceedings and after a short speech accompanied The Queen and Prince Philip onto the tram where he introduced them to members of the Metro Project team before The Queen got into the driving seat to lear more about the controls.
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