Metro Extension Confirmed (Again!) to Go Ahead

According to the Birmingham Post today the Metro extension between Snow Hill and New Street stations will go ahead in spite of the Spending Review cuts.

This announcement was included in last week’s Spending Review in case you missed this in the detail.

Philip Hammond,  Transport Secretary, yesterday confirmed the announcement in the review, but there is a proviso.  The Post reports that:

he revealed that the Government had demanded a “best and final offer” from the city council to guarantee the project was built as cost-efficiently as possible. Despite this, Department for Transport officials said the project would definitely go ahead.

This forms part of the Connectivity concepts in the Birmingham Big City Plan.

The last known scheduled date for completion is 2014.

Geoff Caine