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Midland Metro Alliance wins Birmingham tram extension

Birmingham metro

The Midland Metro Alliance has been selected to extend Birmingham’s tram system northwards from the city centre to Edgbaston.

Midland Metro, Birmingham’s tram system, will be extended from the city’s central New Street station to Centenary Square and northwards to Edgbaston.

The work has been awarded to the Midland Metro Alliance, which includes West Midlands Combined Authority, Colas Rail, Colas Ltd., Pell Frischmann, Egis Rail, and Tony Gee.

Colas Rail’s partners Barhale, Thomas Vale and Actus Management Group will also take part in the alliance, which comes into effect on 4 July.

Work has already started on the network’s Centenary Square extension, and is expected to be completed in 2019.

The Edgbaston extension is scheduled for completion in 2021. 

A further line has also been chosen to connect Digbeth in the South, with a connection to the new HS2 station at Curzon Street. This line is expected to open in 2023. 

“This is an extremely exciting opportunity for all parties within the alliance,” said Midland Metro Alliance director Iain Anderson.

“The scale of the proposed development programme, and the commitment to a 10-year duration provides us with a unique opportunity to develop efficient bespoke solutions, build long-term relationships with key stakeholders, and to play a major role in the enhancement of the communities within which we will be operating.”

Wolverhampton has also been granted permission from the Government to run a £18M line into the city centre by 2019.

“For the first time we now have the funding to deliver the first four schemes under the Metro improvement programme – a total of £1.2bn,” said Roger Lawrence, leader of Wolverhampton Council.

“Alliancing agreements are a dramatic departure from traditional contracting methods as staff work as an integrated team and tie the commercial objectives of all parties to the actual outcome of the project.

“In bringing together the Midland Metro Alliance we have built a team of unprecedented local and international experience who bring both the skills and commitment needed to make the expanded Metro a reality.”

A case is also in preparation to extend the Metro from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill on the city’s north western outskirts. 

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