The second phase of the Birmingham Eastside tram extension has been confirmed by Centro following a public consultation.
Birmingham Eastside Route
The route of a further Midland Metro tram extension through the heart of the Digbeth area of central Birmingham has been chosen.
The decision to run the trams along High Street Deritend, serving key locations like Digbeth Coach Station and The Custard Factory has been agreed by Centro and Birmingham City Council following public consultation in which 74 per cent of people voted for the High Street option rather than an alternative route along Fazeley Street.
The first section of the Eastside Metro route was agreed last year and will run between the extension currently being built at Bull Street in the city centre, via Albert Street and on to the forthcoming HS2 high speed rail station at Curzon Street. But after securing extra Government money last summer to take the extension further into Digbeth the public were offered the chance to have their say on which of two possible routes the trams should take.
The overwhelming favourite was for a 1.5km long route from the HS2 station along New Canal Street and Meriden Street before turning left on to High Street Deritend. It then runs along the centre of the carriageway with a stop close to the junction of Milk Street to serve Digbeth Coach Station and the Custard Factory before turning left into Adderley Street where a terminus is proposed.