The next phase of Birmingham Westside Metro Extension will commence in January 2019. This stage of the works will see the Metro line constructed from Centenary Square to Hagley Road in Edgbaston.

To facilitate this stage of construction, Broad Street Canal Tunnel will close to canal and towpath traffic in both directions from Wednesday 2 January 2019 and remain closed until early spring.

Vehicle traffic will be able to continue use to use Broad Street although two-way traffic signals on the street above the works will be in place.

During this phase of construction, Midland Metro Alliance will use an innovative method to strengthen the bridge consisting of additional steelwork fitted in the existing brickwork of the late 18th-century structure. The system will be installed from the underside of the bridge and will result in less noise during works, is anticipated to be much faster than other methods and will prevent the need for significant impact on the highway above.

Further information is available from the section below.

Headline benefits of the Birmingham Westside Metro Extension

Please visit our dedicated Birmingham Westside Metro Extension page to find out more about this route.

In order for the works to be completed safely and timely, it will be necessary to close the waterway and towpath to passing traffic. A diversion map is now available.

For more details on public transport in the West Midlands, and any diversions, please visit the Network West Midlands website.

What are you working on?

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has embarked upon an ambitious plan to regenerate the region and to provide new opportunities for residents and businesses. 

Central to this plan is the expansion of the Metro network which will triple in size by 2026, providing high quality, safe and dependable tram travel across the West Midlands. The Midland Metro Alliance is working on behalf of the WMCA and Transport for West Midlands to develop, design and deliver the extensions.

One of the projects being undertaken by the Midland Metro Alliance is the Birmingham Westside Metro Extension which will extend the existing line from Grand Central to Hagley Road. 

What works are you carrying out on the Broad Street Canal Tunnel?

During this phase of construction, Midland Metro Alliance will use an innovative method to strengthen the bridge consisting of additional steelwork fitted in the existing brickwork of the late 18th-century structure. The system will be installed from the underside of the bridge and will result in less noise during works, is anticipated to be much faster than other methods and will prevent the need for significant impact on the highway above.

How long are the works going to last?

We anticipate that this next phase of works will last until early spring 2019.

How will the works affect canal and towpath traffic?

Broad Street Canal Tunnel will close to canal and towpath traffic in both directions. The Canal & River Trust has been liaising with canal users including residents of Gas Street Basin to ensure they are familiar with the plans and alternative waterway routes/facilities.

Diversion maps will follow here shortly.

For more details on public transport in the West Midlands, and any diversion information, please visit the Network West Midlands website.

Is Broad Street open for business?

Yes, all businesses are open as usual during the works.

Where can I find more information about other works going on around the city?
For more information about additional construction projects taking place across the region this summer which could also impact your journey, visit the Network West Midlands website.

How can I be kept updated about the works?
For further information you can visit our project page, follow us on social media or give us a call:

Phone: 0121 643 8729

Twitter: @midlandtram

Facebook: Midland Metro Alliance

Email: communications@metroalliance.co.uk

You can also find the latest updates about the works in our Westside Weekly newsletter, which can be found on our publications page.