Steel works strengthen subway

Strengthening works have begun on the former subway in Paradise Street following demolition earlier this year for the Birmingham Westside Metro extension.

The subway will reopen when the route is operational, and the steel reinforcement has been fixed for the retaining walls and abutments, which will help carry the weight of the road and tramway as it passes above.

Works to demolish the subway got underway in the summer using high-pressure water jet equipment in place of conventional tools. The hydro demolition method has environmental and safety benefits, including reducing dust and noise pollution. Water was sprayed to cut away and break up the concrete and other materials for a cleaner and greener demolition.

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, anticipated to open for passenger service in late 2019, will see the route extend from Grand Central to Centenary Square. The second phase of the route, anticipated to open for passenger service in 2021 in time for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, will continue to Edgbaston.

Five new Metro stops will connect passengers to Victoria Square, Centenary Square, Brindleyplace, Five Ways and Hagley Road, with links to popular attractions including the International Convention Centre and Symphony Hall.