Extension Overview

In October 2016, a Transport and Works Act Order application was submitted to extend the tram line to Digbeth and serve the planned High Speed 2 (HS2) station at Curzon Street. This route will separate from the existing Midland Metro line at Bull Street.

The route is planned to consist of 1.7km of twin track running from Bull Street to a new terminus at High Street Deritend. The scheme includes four additional tram stops serving the East of Birmingham City Centre.

The extension will service the Eastside regeneration area offering connections with New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill Stations, in addition to the new HS2 station. The scheme also includes a new bus interchange adjacent to Clayton Hotel Birmingham to replace bus stops that will need to be removed due to tram alignment and to provide an efficient bus, Sprint and coach interchange with HS2.

The headline benefits of this route are…

  • More people using the tram in this area for day-to-day travel, resulting in journey time savings and reduced congestion
  • Providing new and improved public transport links for the East of Birmingham City Centre and Digbeth allowing easy travel between population, education and employment centres of the city
  • Connecting the HS2 station to the tram network and maximising interchange opportunities with various modes of public transport including bus, train, sprint and coach
  • Regeneration across the area including the major developments throughout the area


What is the outline programme for delivery?

A decision on the application is expected in 2018, with the aim that passenger services would begin in 2022, ahead of the opening of the HS2 station at Curzon Street in 2026.


What service is expected to run on the extension?

  • Service frequency will be six minutes service during peak times with a 15 minute service off-peak.
  • Monday to Friday: 04:40 to 00:15
  • Saturday: 04:40 to 01:00
  • Sunday: 07:20 to 00:10 at 15 minute frequency


Frequently Asked Questions

Where will the tram run from and to?

The Birmingham Eastside Extension will run from the Bull Street stop and serve the east of the city centre, including Digbeth.

Will the service offer connections to main areas in the city centre?

The tram extension to the east of Birmingham will have multiple benefits, including making it easier for those living and working in the east of the city to very quickly access the city centre adding economic benefits. Equally, fast and dependable public transport to the Curzon and Digbeth areas will aid the economic and social regeneration of this area.

I currently travel to work along the route the work will be taking place, how will this affect my journey?

We expect that during construction of the project there will be clearly signed diversion routes for road traffic where needed. Further details will be provided on this project page.

Will I be able to get this tram from New Street Station?

When open for passenger service in 2023 (and when HS2 begins operating in 2026) the tramway in the east of the city will provide easy interchange with Curzon Street Station, Moor Street Station, Snow Hill Station, Five Ways Station and Birmingham New Street station via the tram network.