Extension of Midland Metro to Birmingham to open in May
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West Midlands integrated transport authority Centro has announced that an extension of the Midland Metro will open in May, which will connect to Birmingham New Street station.
Following electrical safety checks and test runs, the full length of the extension from Snow Hill Station to New Street will go into service on 22 May. The service will also travel via Bull Street and Corporation Street, which was the starting point for a successful test run towards Birmingham city centre.
Centro Midland Metro director Ben Ackroyd said: “This is great news for passengers. Our Midland Metro drivers are keen to start running the trams all the way down to New Street. They have already been learning the route on our simulator in the depot at Wednesbury. In the next few weeks, the public will see our drivers out in the training tram, getting ready to carry passengers on 22 May.”
The new link is expected to boost the West Midlands economy by more than £50m a year and create around 1,300 new jobs.
The metro runs between Birmingham and Wolverhampton, serving locations such as the Jewellery Quarter, West Bromwich, Wednesbury and Bilston, as well as delivering more than three million people a year directly into the heart of Birmingham’s main shopping district.
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