Category Archives: Metro

Report on Public Meeting – City Centre Infrastructure Catch-up

IMG_0538The meeting took place as previously advertised on this site on 8 February 2014 at the Library of Birmingham. Organised by the CCNF (City Centre Neighbourhood Forum) key people from Argent and Centro gave attendees an update on the current status and future plans for  Paradise Circus and the Metro tram system. Continue reading

Vision for Movement – one year on

A group of city partners, Centro, Birmingham City Council, National Express West Midlands, and the city centre’s four BIDs, launched a strategic plan – the Vision for Movement – a year ago in November 2010 to generate some ‘joined up’ thinking for getting around the city centre. On Wednesday morning, Nov 9, more than 100 key figures from the city’s business community attended the ‘Vision for Movement – One Year On’ briefing to hear how the last 12 months have seen high profile transport projects forge ahead. Two of your committee members were amongst this select gathering. Continue reading

Moving Holes!

We will soon see the first signs of work on the Metro extension in Birmingham city centre. Not dramatic signs, nor even particularly visible ones, except to the late birds amongst us, since it will be overnight work.
Centro is arranging to do some trial holes in some streets to establish the underground utilities which must be moved as the extension route is built. Continue reading

Midland Metro Extension Starts!!!

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The expansion of the existing Wolverhampton to Birmingham Metro tram system has begun in extending the line from Snow Hill station to New Street station in central Birmingham.

In a night time operation over five days in central Birmingham, the new Metro bridge over Great Charles Street Queensway (the important tributary of the Aston Expressway through the city), was constructed from pre-cast concrete beams. It required workmen from Balfour Beatty working throughout the nights following detailed planning of the operation. The Queensway had to be closed overnight on each day for the operation.

It’s great that the construction has started and we look forward to the next steps which we will report on this blog.

Article by Geoff Caine Continue reading

Birmingham Big City Plan and Transport Strategy – public meeting and consultation

Big City Plan logo and picture of a the Metro

Birmingham Big City Plan and Vision for Movement Transport Strategy

A chance for residents to get involved with how our city centre is run and will develop.

The Birmingham City Centre Neighbourhood Forum is holding a public meeting, including Big City Plan consultation workshops, on 24th November 2010 at 6:45pm in the Museum and Art Gallery Learning Zone.

At the end there will be an opportunity for city centre residents who wish to get even more involved with improving our city centre life to stand for election to the Neighbourhood Forum committee at our short AGM. We need volunteers!

Our guest speakers are:

Councillor Tim Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transportation and Regeneration.

Gary Taylor, Chair of the Broad Street BID (Business Improvement District) and Joint Managing Director of Argent UK.

Richard Cowell, Big City Plan, Birmingham City Council.

Please come to the Great Charles Street entrance of the Museum and Art Gallery.

Read on for map, agenda, etc…

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Midland Metro Extension Gets Government Funding

The Department for Transport has today announced official approval for funding the Metro Extension between Snow Hill  and New Street stations.

It is now expected that  the government will provide £82 million of the estimated total cost of £127 million. Further details of the approval have yet to emerge. The rest of the funding will come from  Centro,  Birmingham City Council and councils within the Black Country.

The extension should be operational in 2014.

See previous post on this.

Geoff Caine