Making Our Metro Service Even Better
The West Midlands Metro expansion programme is set to transform the region – delivering a truly integrated transport system for the future. Working on behalf of Transport for West Midlands and the West Midlands Combined Authority, our partners in the Midland Metro Alliance are working to extend our current network by approximately 34km – helping to boost social and economic regeneration across the region.
In brief, this ambitious programme includes:
With construction already underway, this takes the extension from St Chads to Grand Central, which opened for passenger service in May 2016, even further into the heart of Birmingham and then on to a terminus on Hagley Road in Edgbaston. Just over 2km in length, it will form part of an exciting rapid transit corridor improving access to and from the west side of the city.
The first stage of work takes the tramway from Grand Central, past Birmingham’s Town Hall to Centenary Square with tram stops serving Victoria Square as well as the Paradise and Arena Central developments.
Trams will operate along this 840-metre section using battery power – a first for the UK. This will remove the need for overhead power lines and reduce the project’s environmental footprint.
The second stage will further extend the Metro from Centenary Square, along Broad Street to Hagley Road in Edgbaston (just west of Five Ways), featuring intermediate stops at Brindley Place and Five Ways.
Trams are expected to operate to Centenary Square by 2019/2020 and Edgbaston in 2021. To see a video about the Birmingham Westside project click here.
Wolverhampton City Centre
As part of the wider Wolverhampton Interchange project, this extension will leave the existing line just before the current terminus at St. George’s and serve the city’s bus station on Pipers Row before continuing to the railway station.
In total, the Interchange project is expected to create over 1,500 jobs and improve transport links for Wolverhampton and the Black Country as a whole.
Work began in March 2018 and is scheduled for completion in late 2019.
Wednesbury to Brierley Hill
This 11km extension will branch off the current Metro line east of the Wednesbury depot to serve Brierley Hill via Dudley. Some 7km of the route will be along a disused railway corridor and it will create an important link from this part of the Black Country to HS2, supporting economic growth
Although the main construction work is yet to start, passenger services are planned to operate in time for when the region hosts the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
Plans to further extend the tram network to the east of Birmingham are well advanced. If approved, the route will separate from the existing line at Bull Street in order to serve Digbeth and the planned HS2 station at Curzon Street.
The aim is for passenger service to commence in 2023, ahead of the opening of the HS2 station in 2026.
East Birmingham to Solihull
An additional extension will see the Birmingham Eastside route taken further eastwards, serving Solihull and terminating at the core HS2 interchange. When open for passenger service in 2026 it will allow access by tram to the airport, National Exhibition Centre and Genting Arena.