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Old June 12th, 2017, 06:03 PM   #1
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Birmingham Transport | Midland Metro - Bilston Road Metro Line Renewal

Greetings all , yet another thread on the Midland metro !

I think every one is aware of the work which has now started on the road and Track renewal from Priestfield to The Royal.

I wont go in to details of what is to be done because details of this can be found on the internet .

http://www.metroalliance.co.uk/proje...track-renewal/

Work is expected to take six months (cough )
so the next time you get on or off at Wolverhampton you will be in your winter clobber , isn't that a nice thought



Photos of the Last two days of Tram running to Wolverhampton.
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Photos Taken Monday 12th June

Work has already started at a good pace .
(no workers from the Grand central section on here then , they would still be on there first tea break



























































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Old June 12th, 2017, 06:51 PM   #2
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As this is work on a main artery, this track needs to be up and down as soon as possible, so I don't think we will see a Birmingham situation at the Wolverhampton end.

Out of interest, I have two questions, one is simple, one is far too much to hope.

1) Will this reduce the horrendous noise on the road section in Wolverhampton? It's pretty unbearable the way it is.

2) Will there be enough joined up thinking, to think they will add the junction for the Wolverhampton extension while the roads are closed and the tracks are up? Or will it all have to be closed and ripped up again?
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Old June 12th, 2017, 08:57 PM   #3
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This work, while sorely needed, has forced me to buy a car, so I'll no longer be using public transport at all.

I don't think they are building the junction in this work. If they don't then it shows incredibly poor planning.

The noise is caused by it being a tarmac road as loose chippings end up in the track gaps. I imagine and hope this will be replaced by a similar surface to Birmingham CC or Nottingham, which do not have this problem. Trouble is unlike those, the A41 is a pretty heavily used road, being the quickest way to Bilston, West Bromwich, Ettingshall and Wednesbury. I hope that in the much longer term it will eventually be dualled, with an intermediate stop at Ettingshall.

This closure caught me off guard driving the other day, there aren't really any logical bypasses so I ended up going Stow Heath and A454.
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Old June 12th, 2017, 09:07 PM   #4
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6 months sounds ridiculous.
I'm currently in Germany, I've watched them rip up a road and track twice the length, divert all the utilities, relay the road, install slabbing and lay all the lines again in around a month.

Why can we never manage to bring all the parties to the board at once.
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Old June 13th, 2017, 02:13 PM   #5
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It looks like a road to avoid
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When they resurfaced the Stafford Road I counted 40 vehicles (seriously) working on it at once. They did that in 8 weeks. This is a Metro line so why is the same effort not given?
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Wasn't this road closed for weeks a few years back for replacement tracks & resurface?
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That's why I got the tram to Wolverhampton last month. I even got Photos on the Bilston Road.
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http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1752276

I've answered my own question
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Wasn't this road closed for weeks a few years back for replacement tracks & resurface?
It was (and it killed shopping in Wolverhampton, seriously bad time for us then, as New Square had just opened).

They found mine shafts while they were only just past The Royal. They ended up spending all their time and money filling these in - and so couldn't do any of the planned work on the Bilston Road itself. So now they have to do it all again. This is basically the same work planned then, just pushed back.

To anyone from Bilston, Wednesbury, West Bromwich and to some extent Birmingham itself, Wolverhampton is essentially closed for Christmas, for the second time in three years.
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6 months sounds ridiculous.
I'm currently in Germany, I've watched them rip up a road and track twice the length, divert all the utilities, relay the road, install slabbing and lay all the lines again in around a month.

Why can we never manage to bring all the parties to the board at once.

Maybe the Midland Metro Alliance could take a few tips from them, this grandly put together group aren't as yet giving me any confidence metro work such as this or construction will be any better than the last extension to New Street?
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Maybe the Midland Metro Alliance could take a few tips from them, this grandly put together group aren't as yet giving me any confidence metro work such as this or construction will be any better than the last extension to New Street?


Precisely, while St George's is closed, they should be putting in the junction there, or else they're going to have to close it again almost weeks after it opens.

Birmingham looks more promising admittedly. It seems as if they've managed to get the builders for Arena Central, Centenary Square and the extension on board at once.

I'm not holding my breath, but that is progress.
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Old June 16th, 2017, 04:28 PM   #14
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Friday 16th


Fantastic progress for six days work .

of course there are some who will say that all that work could have been done in half hour .












































































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Old June 21st, 2017, 04:20 PM   #15
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Hello to all at Metro depot




Work is progressing fast , more track has now been lifted .


Imaging standing out in a Hard hat - boots - Jacket Trousers all day in this weather , now imagine working in it !

Cheers to the guys who are working out there









ye i bet the diver wishes he could too !




























I was in shorts and half a T shirt when i walked past this guy ,
but because hes at work he has to stand there in full work wear
Rules are rules ! if it was a work site then ok , but come on its a public pavement .








These two guys also have to stand in the heat .







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Old June 29th, 2017, 12:10 PM   #16
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Update 28-06-17 work is at the moment ahead of schedule



Well the weather had to change but work still goes on.

Most of the south bound track and its concrete base has been removed
also parts of the north bound track have also been started on .

A new concrete is now being poured on the south bound track has can be seen in the photos.
























































































































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Old July 3rd, 2017, 01:58 AM   #17
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Hi Oldbury, it looks like Photobucket has wiped out your photoset...
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Photobucket is so sh*t

Flickr and Imageshack have got it right.
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photo update on the Birmingham bound track starting from the vicinity of the royal tram stop.

I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of track renewal with long sections of track laid, some parts are finished with the road surface installed.

Bilston Road Metro Line Renewal by metrogogo, on Flickr

Bilston Road Metro Line Renewal by metrogogo, on Flickr

Bilston Road Metro Line Renewal by metrogogo, on Flickr

Bilston Road Metro Line Renewal by metrogogo, on Flickr

Bilston Road Metro Line Renewal by metrogogo, on Flickr

Bilston Road Metro Line Renewal by metrogogo, on Flickr

Bilston Road Metro Line Renewal by metrogogo, on Flickr

Bilston Road Metro Line Renewal by metrogogo, on Flickr

Bilston Road Metro Line Renewal by metrogogo, on Flickr

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Bilston Road Metro Line Renewal by metrogogo, on Flickr

Apologies about the quality of the photos, but, an update is better than no update, Wolverhampton bound update will follow later.
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Thanks Metrogogo.

E&S have done the usual ultra negative article as their way of saying "works progress to next phase".

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/...nctions-close/
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