Midland Metro Services to New Street hit Delay
The launch of Midland Metro services to Birmingham's New Street station has been delayed.
Services were scheduled to start running from Bull Street to Stephenson Street from Sunday May 22 but have now been put on hold for further track alignment works.
The development comes following extensive safety checks by Centro.
Centro's Midland Metro programme director Phil Hewitt said: "It is bitterly disappointing as everything else is in place and ready to go but, as we have said right from the start, safety is paramount.
"A stringent testing programme has identified minor anomalies in some of the track alignment which need to be addressed.
"These are exactly the sort of issues the tests were designed to identify.
"However remedial work is relatively straightforward. Once that is complete, on-street driver training can begin and we will soon have passenger services running."
A Midland Metro family fun day at Martineau Place, near the new stop in Corporation Street, which was also due to take place on May 22 has been cancelled.
Secretary of State Announces Decision on Centenary Square Route
The Secretary of State for Transport has approved the Transport and Works Act order for the Centenary Square Extension. The notice can be seen here.
Changes to Access on Corporation Street
Corporation Street, Stephenson Street and Upper Bull Street are access only, in preparation for trams operating to Grand Central.
On Corporation Street and Stephenson Street trams will operate in both directions but all other vehicles, including cycles, will operate in the direction indicated on the map. Cycle restrictions are signed.
It is essential that all deliveries to city centre locations along the tram route are carried out at the permitted times only and that all delivery vehicles park in designated loading bays and do not obstruct the tramway. Any vehicle that obstructs the tram could be towed away.
Traffic marshals will be in place to assist during the first few weeks of change.
For full details please download our information leaflet here
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