Birmingham Eastside tram to open in stages
Posted on 1st December 2023 at 11:01
West Midlands Metro tramway extension from Bull St in the city centre to Digbeth will open in stages as the whole line cannot be completed through the new HS2 station at Cursor Street until 2026 at the earliest.
As a result a temporary terminus will be opened at Moor Street Queensway offering early interchange with Moor St railway station and the Bus Mall. there will be a temporary stop outside the Clayton Hotel to allow trams to switch tracks at the terminus. If work on the western extension to Dudley proceed as planned, there could be a new service from Moor St Queensway to Dudley in 2025/26.
Cllr Liz Clements, cabinet member for transport at Birmingham City Council, said: “Although the delay to the Eastside extension due to HS2 works is frustrating, this plan for a temporary terminus will allow people to make easy transfers from rail to bus and metro by the Clayton Hotel.
“Completing the full Eastside extension to High St Deritend remains a top priority for Birmingham; at Birmingham City Council we won’t stop campaigning until the whole scheme is delivered.
“To reverse the reliance on private cars and encourage more people onto public transport, we need a fully integrated transport system – Birmingham Eastside extension is a vital part of that system.”
An impression of a West Midlands tram in the new section along Bull St in Birmingham. (Midland Metro Alliance)
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