Metro funding helps transport out of bust

Prior to my earlier post, Big City Plan to boom Birmingham out of bust, where I noted, alongside the revised Big City Plan, the launch of a 'Vision for Movement – the future for transport in the City Centre' document, the Comprehensive Spending Review of October 20th 2010 gave the go ahead for the extension of the Midland Metro in Birmingham City Centre.

The go ahead for the extension has given an added impetus to the new transport vision and will connect the Metro to New Street Station, being redeveloped for a 2015completion.

The transport vision sees the development of a Sprint network, precursor to the extension of the Metro with one sprint route moving from the station to Broad Street. The sprint follows news in July 2009 where a rapid transport bus was first revealed, July's Birmingham Transport Solution.

A map of the proposed Sprint network from the Transport Vision document.

The metro expansion has been 15 years in the planning and will extend the metro past Snow Hill station along Bull Street, down Corporation Street and end outside New Street Station on Stephenson Street.

The £127.1 million joint project by Centro, Black Country and Birmingham City councils is expected to boost the West Midlands economy by £50 million a year and create up to 1,300 sustainable new jobs, according to Centro.

The metro extension is aimed to be completed with the opening of the new New Street Station when it's redevelopment is completed in 2015.
It is expected the design of the terminus of the extended route at New Street Station will reflect the redesigned New Street Station.


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