Construction of Five Ways underpass well underway

Works on the Five Ways underpass are well underway with the central reservation now completely demolished and much of the road surface removed.

Planers have been on site removing the layers of asphalt in stages to make way for rail to be installed.

The underpass was closed earlier in June to allow the construction to take place, as work to bring the West Midlands Metro services to Edgbaston gathers pace.

Paul Brown, Construction Director at the Midland Metro Alliance, said: “It is great to see so much progress being made on works for the Five Ways underpass. I am extremely proud of the construction team who have worked really hard to achieve this. The westside extension will bring fantastic benefits to the city, unlocking further investment and jobs and better connecting people to other areas of the West Midlands.”

The Birmingham Westside Metro extension follows the previous extension from St. Chads to Grand Central, which opened for passenger service in May 2016.

Once completed, the Metro will operate between Grand Central and Hagley Road in Edgbaston, improving transport links in the heart of Birmingham, making journeys faster and more accessible, in turn helping businesses and supporting more jobs.

The first phase of the works, due to open for passenger services by the end of this year, will see the route extend from Grand Central to Centenary Square. The second phase, due to be completed in 2021, will continue to Edgbaston.