Midland Metro extension secures £59.8m in funding

WCN Editorial Team 4 Sep 2017 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The UK Department for Transport has sanctioned £59.8m for the Midland Metro extension, which will connect linking Birmingham city centre with Edgbaston and Westside area. 

The £59.8m support from the Department for Transport completes the total £149m funding required for the project, with another £84m have already been raised locally through the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), Birmingham City Council, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership among others.

The 2km expansion, when opens in March 2021, will serve five new stops including Town Hall, Centenary Square, Brindley Place, and at two further stations either side of the Five Ways roundabout in Edgbaston.

The tram route, which stretches from Grand Central, outside Birmingham New Street station, to Edgbaston, will also offer a direct metro link to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, the International Convention Centre and Symphony Hall.

Preliminary ground-works commenced in the summer; however, now final funding for the scheme has been secured from central government, major project works could be set to get underway within weeks.

UK Transport Minister Paul Maynard said: “Midland Metro is already a success story, with passenger journeys up nearly a third this year compared to last year. This new extension will be a further boost to Birmingham businesses, and make travelling to work easier for commuters.

“But just as importantly, it will help ease the pressure on the roads as it will provide an alternative for getting in and out of the city centre. This is a vital project and one which we are delighted to be able to support.”

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