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Midland Metro extension approval

Trams are set to return to the streets of Birmingham after the Government this afternoon approved plans by transport authority Centro to extend the Midland Metro through the heart of the city from its current terminus at Birmingham Snow Hill through to Birmingham New Street station via Bull Street and Corporation Street. The GBP127.1 million project survived cuts of 14 per cent at the Department for Transport and is expected to be completed by 2014.

Work to lay tracks should begin in 2012 but the scheme is already underway with a total of GBP9 million already spent on creating a viaduct which will carry the tracks from the existing Metro terminus at Snow Hill to Upper Bull Street.

A fleet of new and bigger trams will also be brought on to the tracks to increase passenger capacity and frequency. A commitment was also made to support the complete redevelopment of the station.

22 October 2010

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