The government has pledged £59.8M towards the expansion of the metro in Birmingham, meaning there is now enough funding for a £149M line extension to go ahead.
The extension will link Birmingham city centre with Edgbaston and the city’s Westside area. The Department for Transport (DfT) confirmed the funding when transport minister Paul Maynard visited Birmingham on Wednesday.
The work will include five new stations as well as 2km of track and the extension is set to open in 2021.
Of the £149M, the remaining £84M has been raised by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), City Council, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and others.
The extension will be built by the Midland Metro Alliance. The alliance comprises the West Midlands Combined Authority, the design consortium of Egis, Tony Gee & Partners and Pell Frischmann and contractor Colas Rail, with sub-alliance partners Colas, Barhale, Bouygues UK and Auctus Management Group.
Preliminary groundworks started in the summer, and project managers hope the main works could start within weeks.