Tram extension takes “significant step forward” in Digbeth

The extension of Birmingham’s tram route has taken a “significant step forward” in Digbeth after new paving has been installed.

Work on the line can now switch to the other side of Digbeth’s High Street, meaning track-laying can commence later next year linking the tram to the HS2 station at Curzon Street.

All traffic travelling in and out of the city will now use the new carriageway laid as part of the overall scheme.

Midlands Metro Alliance said considerable progress has been made, including utility upgrades and diversions, the installation of the first section of rail and the demolition of the Hartwell’s building.

The Birmingham Eastside Metro extension will run from Bull Street, in the city centre, to Digbeth, adding four new tram stops to the Metro network.

Michael Anderson, Metro Programme Director at TfWM, said: “As with most construction projects of this kind it has not come without its challenges, but the completion of the main urban realm activity marks a new and exciting phase of this ambitious scheme and welcome improvement for business and residents in the area with a new and open aspect to Digbeth High Street”.

Rose Rees, Head of Engagement and Skills, added: “We understand that our works can cause disruption to nearby businesses and I would like to thank them all for their patience and understanding”.