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The next phase of Birmingham Westside Metro Extension will commence in September 2018. This stage of the works will see the Metro line constructed from Victoria Square to Centenary Square.

To facilitate this stage of construction, Paradise Circus will close in both directions from Monday 3 September 2018 until summer 2019.

The A38 underpass, which runs beneath Paradise Circus, will remain open in both directions.

To ensure the best possible outcome for your journey, you may wish to:

  • Plan ahead
  • Allow more time for journeys
  • Travel off peak, where possible
  • Use public transport, walk or cycle to your destination

Further information, including maps and FAQs, are 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.

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. 

Why has this got to be done?

These essential works are in order to construct the Metro line from Victoria Square to Broad Street.

As the next phase of construction commences, Paradise Circus will be closed in both directions to vehicles from Monday 3 September until in summer 2019.

Transport for West Midlands have developed an interactive diversion map to allow people to plan their journeys.

Where will the Metro be running to and from?

The first phase of the extension is anticipated to open in late 2019. The second phase will see the route continue along Broad Street to Hagley Road in Edgbaston. The second phase is anticipated to open in 2021.

How long are the works going to last?

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

How will I get through the city if I’m driving?

The A38 underpass, which runs beneath Paradise Circus, will remain open in both directions for the duration of the works allowing drivers to access the Aston Expressway and M6. There will be traffic marshals in place 24/7 to assist with access to Holiday Street from Suffolk Street Queensway to allow access for deliveries.

Will the bus services be affected?

For updates on public transport and any changes to stop locations, please visit the Network West Midlands website.  

How will the West Midlands Metro be affected during the works?

Services will arrive and depart from platform one at Grand Central Metro Stop from 23 September 2018. Please refer to the passenger information at the Metro Stop or visit the West Midlands Metro website for further information.

How will the works affect pedestrians and cyclists?

Access will be maintained for pedestrians and cyclists, with wayfinding maps located in key positions across the city centre, including Broad Street, the Townhall, The Mailbox and New Street station.

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

All the affected roads will have clearly signed diversions to help you get to your destination. Access will be maintained for cyclists and pedestrians along the route.

How will delivery drivers access my business?

For assistance with deliveries traffic marshals will be in place 24/7 at strategic locations. However, recommend you contact Amy Walker, Midland Metro Alliance Stakeholder Liaison Officer, at communications@metroalliance.co.uk in the first instance, who will be happy to assist further.

As a visitor, how do I get to the ICC?

If you are driving, please follow the clearly signed brown diversions. Once out of your vehicle, refer to the wayfinding maps in key locations around the city centre to help you get to your destination.

For those visiting the city centre using public transport, there are clearly signed wayfinding maps located around the city centre, including at New Street Station, the Town Hall, The Mailbox and other key locations to help you make the most of the area. Centenary Square will be open to public transport until mid September.

How will I get to the car park in Brindleyplace?

Access to the car park in Brindleyplace will be maintained. Please follow the clearly signed diversion routes.

Is Broad Street open for business?

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

As a visitor to Birmingham, how will I get to Broad Street?

If you are driving, please follow the clearly signed diversion routes. Once out of your vehicle, refer to the wayfinding maps in key locations around the city centre to help you get to your destination.

For those visiting the city centre using public transport, there are clearly signed wayfinding maps located around the city centre, including at New Street Station, the Town Hall, The Mailbox and other key locations to help you make the most of the area. Centenary Square will be open to public transport until mid September.

Can I still access Broad Street on foot?

Pedestrian access along Broad Street will be maintained. There are clearly signed wayfinding maps located around the city centre, including New Street station, The Mailbox and other key locations to assist you.

What about other attractions in the city?

If you are driving, please follow the clearly signed diversion routes. Once out of your vehicle, refer to the wayfinding maps in key locations around the city centre to help you get to your destination.

For those visiting the city centre using public transport, there are clearly signed wayfinding maps located around the city centre, including at New Street Station, the Town Hall, The Mailbox and other key locations to help you make the most of the area. Centenary Square will be open to public transport until mid September.

Where can I find more information about other works going on around the city?
For more information about additional construction projects taking place across Birmingham this summer which could also impact your journey, visit the Birmingham City Council website and for more details on public transport in the West Midlands please 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