The Birmingham Westside Extension is the next phase of works following the tram extension from St Chads to Grand Central which opened for passenger service in May 2016. Construction on this extension, which is a little over 2km in length and will be delivered in two phases, started in summer 2017. When fully completed trams will operate between Grand Central in the city centre to Hagley Road in Edgbaston.
The first phase of development will continue from Grand Central, past Birmingham’s Town Hall to Centenary Square. The extension will provide tram stops serving Victoria Square and the Paradise and Arena Central developments at the redeveloped Centenary Square.
When this first phase of the Birmingham Westside extension is open for passengers the 840 metre route will operate on battery power throughout and will be the first tramway in the UK to do so. Tram operation on battery power removes the need to fix electric wires to the listed buildings along the route, reducing the aesthetic and environmental footprint of the project.
Phase two of the Birmingham Westside Extension will see the tramway further extended from Centenary Square along Broad Street to Hagley Road in Edgbaston (just west of Five Ways).
This part of the overall extension will be approximately 1.35km long and together with the Hagley Road terminus will feature intermediate stops at Brindleyplace and Five Ways.
The Midland Metro Alliance will be also improving the public realm as part of their works in the area project, including planting trees along the route.
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
- Improving accessibility to and from the west of Birmingham and supporting economic and population growth by linking jobs and people
- Improving sustainable transport options along Broad Street and beyond
- Environmental benefits, such as improved air quality and reduction in noise
- Regeneration across the area including the interface with enterprise zone and the major developments throughout the area
What is the outline programme for delivery?
Construction for the first phase of the Birmingham Westside extension to Centenary Square is already underway and passenger services are planned to commence in 2019/2020.
Construction for phase two (Centenary Square to Edgbaston) is planned to begin in 2019, with the line opening for passenger service in 2021.
Following the Transport and Works Act Order application in December 2013 and the Public Inquiry that closed in January 2014, the Secretary of State announced his decision to on the 16 May 2016, with modifications (notice and decision letter).
Updates on traffic diversions or changes to the schedule will be published here.
What service is expected to run on the extension?
- Service frequency will be six minutes service during peak times with an eight 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
When will the Birmingham Westside Extension open to the public?
The Birmingham Westside Extension will open in multiple phases. It is expected that trams will operate to Centenary Square by 2019/2020 and to Edgbaston by 2021/2022.
Will there be any diversions for road users while work is being carried out?
We expect that during the 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.
How does this extension connect to the tram currently running through Birmingham city centre?
Trams currently service Birmingham City Centre at the Grand Central terminus. When the Birmingham Westside extension is constructed, trams will continue past Grand Central to Victoria Square, Centenary Square and down Broad Street to Five Ways, Edgbaston.
What benefits will the route bring to the city?
The tram extension to the west of Birmingham will have multiple benefits, including making it easier for those living and working in Edgbaston to quickly access the city centre bringing economic benefits. The tram is also a clean and reliable form of public transport and increased usage should help cut congestion in the city centre.
Will this have an impact on residents, visitors, businesses and traffic in the area?
Unavoidably, there will be some disruption during the works but we aim to minimise this wherever possible.