More extensions on the way: a West Midlands Metro tram pauses at the Library stop, the terminus of the Centenary Square extension which opened in December.

Approval for Eastside Metro extension

Planning approval has been granted for the 1.7km Eastside extension of the West Midlands Metro, linking Birmingham city centre with Digbeth.

The Secretary of State has made the Transport and Works Act Order enabling the scheme to proceed. The extension will leave the current network between Bull Street and Corporation Street at a new delta junction, proceeding via stops at Albert Street, New Canal Street and Meriden Street to High Street Deritend in Digbeth. The New Canal Street stop would serve the proposed HS2 station at Curzon Street, with the extension planned to be open prior to the commencement of high-speed services.

Expansion of the West Midlands Metro is being led by the West Midlands Combined Authority. WMCA has entered into an alliance with design consortium of Egis, Tony Gee and Pell Frischmann and contractor Colas Rail, with the Midland Metro Alliance responsible for planning, designing and building future network extensions.

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