More utility diversion works on Birmingham Eastside extension

We saw a few days ago recent progress on the construction works for the Birmingham Eastside extension on the West Midlands Metro and it has now been confirmed that further utility diversion works are now underway on Meriden Street. These works join those taking place on Lower Bull Street and Digbeth High Street.

The works on Meriden Street got underway from Tuesday 4th January and has seen temporary traffic restrictions introduced with Meriden Street becoming one way between Coventry Street and Bordesley Street. Work will move on to the other side of the road later in the project with this site due to be completed by November 2022.

Mosin Khurshid, Head of Utilities at the Midlands Metro Alliance, said: “It is incredibly exciting to be progressing the Birmingham Eastside Metro extension even further this year with the start of works to uncover and upgrade the utilities in Meriden Street. Construction for this scheme has been well underway in parts of the city centre and Digbeth since late 2020 and I am delighted that we are now in a position to begin even more activity this time on Meriden Street. Unfortunately, these works will lead to some disruption for road users but we have been and will continue to work closely with Birmingham City Council and Transport for West Midlands to minimise impact wherever possible.”

The Eastside extension will run for 1.7km between Bull Street and Digbeth including four new stops. Over half the route will be built without overhead wires.

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