As the project to relay the tracks along Bull Street and Corporation Street along with the installation of the new junction to the Birmingham Eastside extension continues to come to a close we take another look at recent progress. More tarmac has gone down surrounding the newly laid track as the project reaches the finishing stage.
As a reminder trams from Bull Street to Library were suspended from 24th July to allow this work to take place. It’s a two-fold project with the main purpose being the installation of a new junction to the forthcoming Birmingham Eastside extension – a delta junction to allow trams to head onto the new line from both the direction of Corporation Street and Bull Street – with the chance also being taken to relay the tracks along the lower section of Bull Street and onto Corporation Street leading into Stephenson Street and the Grand Central stop.
When the closure was announced it was said that trams would be able to resume beyond Bull Street to the current Birmingham Westside extension terminus at Library at some point during October. There is still no exact date announced for this reopening but with the final tarmac surface now going down hopefully it won’t be too long before services resume. The new junction, however, will not be used for sometime yet with the Eastside extension still to be built, and no date set for that yet due to the ongoing HS2 works.
Its hoped that once the line to Library reopens it won’t be too long before trams start to be tested on the remainder of the Westside extension to Hagley Road in Edgbaston which is slated to open before the year ends.