Following the report earlier this month that the first track had been installed at Five Ways underpass on the West Midlands Metro Birmingham Westside to Hagley Road, the Midland Metro Alliance have now confirmed that some of this track has been welded into place as good progress continues to be made on the construction ahead of the line opening in 2021.
Approximately 300 metres of double track has been installed in the underpass, which is 10% of the line for phase two of the Westside extension. Welders have recently been on site to join the newly laid track together as part of the project.
Paul Brown, Construction Director for Midland Metro Alliance, said: “We are thrilled to have laid and welded the first tracks in the underpass, just a short time after it was closed to traffic. It is great that we are able to celebrate yet another success following the opening of the route from Grand Central to Centenary Square, ahead of schedule. As the year progresses, those in the area will see the team busy at work in Broad Street and the Five Ways area as construction ramps up.”