Further 1.5km tram route proposed
West Midlands Transport Authority Centro and Birmingham City Council have confirmed their preferred route for the extension of the Midland Metro into the Digbeth area of Birmingham.
An extension of the current route from Snow Hill across the city centre to New Street station is currently under construction, and a route was agreed last year to reach the site for the proposed HS2 station at Curzon Street. Following the award of extra funding, transport chiefs have sincie consulted on plans to extend the route further into Digbeth.
The chosen route, favoured by 74% of respondents to the consultation, is a 1.5km extension from the HS2 station along New Canal Street and Meriden Street before turning onto High Street Deritend. A stop will be provided to serve Digbeth Coach station, before the line will terminate at Adderley Street. This option is expected to cost around £130 million, which covers construction and the purchase of additional trams. Subject to Government approval, it could open by 2023.
Extension into the Eastside area of the city is part of the city’s Birmingham Curzon HS2 Master Plan, designed to aid development in the area surrounding the proposed HS2 station.