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Midland Metro Extension to Birmingham Set to Open Next Month

The tram line extension of the Midland Metro to Birmingham’s New Street station is scheduled to be fully-operational next month, according to West Midland’s transport authority Metro.

The tram line extension of the Midland Metro to Birmingham’s New Street station is scheduled to be fully-operational next month, according to West Midland’s transport authority Metro.

The extension, part of £124 million project to expand the Midland Metro route that runs through Birmingham and Wolverhampton, has been in the works since May 22nd and is finally scheduled for completion on May 22nd.


Now awaiting completion of all electrical safety checks and test runs, the extension will now see new £40 billion trams run to Birmingham’s New Street station, located in the city centre and a major hub for local and suburban services within the West Midlands.


In light of the new developments, Centro Midland Metro programme director Phil Hewitt mentioned that upon completion of these test runs, the new link is in the ‘final preparations’ stage and confirmed that shortly Birmingham’s city centre and the West Midlands will be able to enjoy the wider economic benefits from the transport project.


The much-awaited project is expected, in fact, to create more than 1,300 new jobs and contribute £50 million a year to the regional economy of the area.


With an increasing number of businesses moving into the city, transport has become a priority within Birmingham as it prepares for a rising number of new residents moving to the city.


Last month, MPs announced the greenlight for the construction of the new HS2 high speed rail line. The connection will run from London Euston to a new terminal at Birmingham Curzon Street cutting journey times to just 49 minutes.

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