The Midland Metro Alliance – on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority – have submitted an application to the Department for Transport for the Edgbaston Extension Land Acquisition Order. This will enable the Alliance to purchase the land needed to construct the Midland Metro extension to Edgbaston.
Work is continuing on the design and development of the extension from Centenary Square to a proposed new terminus outside 54 Hagley Road. Enabling works have already commenced on the route including utility diversions.
This line will be approximately 1.35km in length and will see three new tram stops constructed at Brindleyplace, Five Ways and the Edgbaston terminus. It will run from the Centenary Square stop – itself on a as yet built extension – passing over the Worcester/Birmingham Canal via Broad Street Canal Bridge before continuing south west through the Five Ways underpass and then onto the terminus. The entire route will be on street running and it is planned that the sections between Centenary Square and Brindleyplace and from Five Ways to Hagley Road will be overhead wire free with battery operation used instead.
It is planned that, all being well, the first public services will run in spring 2021.