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Midland Metro Introduction
Updated 5 September 2013
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Midland Metro is the light rail system for the West Midlands which currently operates between Birmingham and Wolverhampton via key locations including West Bromwich, Bilston and Wednesbury.
Line 1 opened to the public in 1999 and now carries more than 5.2 million passengers a year between Wolverhampton and Birmingham. Travel Midland Metro, part of the concessionaire Altram, operates Midland Metro seven days a week with a turn-up-and-go eight-minute frequency during the day.
Midland Metro track map
Birmingham City Centre Extension
The Birmingham City Centre Extension will take Midland Metro from its current terminus at Snow Hill and extend it into the heart of the city to New Street Station.
Work is already well underway on the scheme with the completion of the Great Charles Street Bridge and a number of key procurement milestones hit.
The proposed route runs for 1.4 kilometres through Birmingham city centre with four new stops provided.
A new Snow Hill stop will be constructed on the existing railway viaduct at Livery Street/Lionel Street. This will provide interchange with national and local rail services at Snow Hill station by way of the new secondary access, and access to the neighbouring Ballymore development and those in the nearby Gun Quarter and Great Charles and Lionel Streets.
From Snow Hill, the route continues over the new Great Charles Street bridge, through the Ballymore Development then on-street along Colmore Circus Queensway, into Bull Street before turning onto Corporation Street, across New Street and into Stephenson Street. A stop will be located on Stephenson Street providing interchange with New Street Gateway.