We’re off to Birmingham City Centre in this article as we take a look at recent progress on the works taking place there – both relaying the existing route along Bull Street and then round to Corporation Street as well as preparing for the track to go down onto Lower Bull Street for the Birmingham Eastside extension. These images show the ever changing situation at the end of August.
Trams from Wolverhampton St George’s have only been able to run as far as Bull Street since 24th July when the line through to Library was closed for this two-pronged project. The main purpose of this closure has been to install the junction to the Birmingham Eastside extension which will open in the coming years but the opportunity is also being taken to relay the existing rails on Bull Street and along Corporation Street. Of these two parts to the project the track relay has been making excellent progress while the first sections of the new junction have also started to go down.
The Birmingham Eastside extension will leave the current line at the junction of Bull Street and Corporation Street and will run along Lower Bull Street to Digbeth with 1.7kms of track to be installed. It will go via the HS2 station at Curzon Street and its terminus will be located at High Street Deritend – a total of four new stops will be provided. Because of complications with timing the works alongside HS2 works no opening date for the line has yet to be announced.
This three month closure of the city centre line is allowing for the first sections of the extension to be installed and this will include the complex junction. Trams will be able to run both from Corporation Street and Bull Street allowing services to run from the Westside extension as well as the direction of Wolverhampton if required.