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Old July 13th, 2016, 10:12 AM   #301
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Bromsgrove is in Worcestershire. New station 100 metres south of the old one.
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Construction work on the Birmingham Tramway Extension continues, with steelwork erected for the lift and stair tower, and paving works around the Snow Hill tram stop.

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Midland Metro appoints new director to lead tram extensions

Alejandro Moreno will spearhead new alliance as it embarks on a decade of work to expand the West Midlands' tram network[...]
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Old October 11th, 2016, 03:36 PM   #304
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From Global Rail News:

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Planning permission sought for Birmingham HS2 tram extension
October 7, 2016



The Midland Metro Alliance has applied to the UK government for approval to build and operate the Birmingham Eastside extension – a new tram line which will serve the future HS2 station at Curzon Street.

The 1.7-kilometre extension will connect all three of the city’s main railway stations – New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill – operating from Bull Street to Digbeth

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Work recommences on the gas main on Paradise Street after a long period of inactivity.

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Although it's difficult to see, toughened glass screening has been installed to the outside edge of the staircase, a tarmac surface has been laid around the base of the tower.

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Centro became Transport for West Midlands:
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From Global Rail News

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Midland Metro begins prepping route of extension to Brierley Hill
January 16, 2017

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The Midland Metro Alliance (MMA) will start clearing vegetation later this week along the proposed route of an extension of Birmingham’s light rail network from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill.

The 11km route will reinstate part of the disused South Staffordshire Line

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From Metro Report

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Midland Metro tram sent for catenary-free conversion
20 Jan 2017





UK: One of Midland Metro’s Urbos trams has been returned to CAF’s factory at Zaragoza in Spain where it is to be retrofitted with two lithium ion cells to enable to it to operate over short distances without catenary.

The Midland Metro would be the first modern commercial tramway in the UK with catenary-free running. This will avoid the need for the potentially disruptive and expensive installation of overhead electrification equipment, and help to protect architecturally sensitive areas around Birmingham’s Victoria Square

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21 arrives at Wolverhampton 28 January 2017


35 Wolverhampton 28 January 2017


30 Stephenson Street 28 January 2017


Real time info at New St 28 January 2017


28 Corporation St 28 January 2017


34 New St stop 29 January 2017

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https://transportsceneireland.smugmu...idlands-Metro/
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Some buses here:

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30489 Walsall 28 January 2017


1760 Walsall 28 January 2017


2743 Walsall 28 January 2017


EU06WGM Walsall 28 January 2017


4604 Walsall 28 January 2017


6735 Walsall 28 January 2017


6748 Walsall 28 January 2017


5403 Wolverhampton 28 January 2017


4559 Wolverhampton 28 January 2017


2243 Marston Green Station 28 January 2017


6844 Birmingham Moor St Queensway 28 January 2017


4778 Birmingham Moor St Queensway 28 January 2017

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28 Stephenson St 31 August 2017


29 Colmere Circus 31 August 2017
It is a full tram!


37 Corporation St 31 August 2017


30 Bull St 31 August 2017

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From Metro Report

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Dudley extension receives government funding
28 Nov 2017



UK: The government is to provide £250m from its Transforming Cities Fund towards the construction of an extension of the Midland Metro light rail network serving Birmingham, the West Midlands Combined Authority announced on November 20.

The 11 km branch would serve 17 stops. It would run southwest from Wednesbury on the existing Birmingham – Wolverhampton route, mostly using the route of a disused railway. A new alignment would be built to serve Dudley town centre, the Merry Hill shopping centre and Brierley Hill.
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Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022

Due to being awarded the Commonwealth Games in five years time, Midland Metro extensions have been brought forward.

49-51 new trams will also be ordered.

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Centenary Square Update

Programme – At Risk

Cost – At Risk

• Progress at Centenary Square and Pinfold Street are progressing well
• Delay has been caused due to fletcher’s walk being demolished later than expected
• 7 month delay in project due to higher levels of asbestos found in building
• Centenary Square and Pinfold Street expected to be completed in 2018
• Fletchers walk area of metro extension to be completed in Q3 2019
• Costs are under pressure both as a result of the need to redesign / rephrase works to accommodate the above third party delays as well as additional planning requirements (planning gain) from BCC.
• First phase tie in works are expected to take place on Pinfold Street in 2018. These will require the closure of the Line One head shunt which will mean all trams will be required to terminate and reverse in the platform at Grand Central tram stop.


Edgbaston, Five Ways Update

Programme – On Schedule

Cost – On Budget

Status
Design – ongoing – completes July 2019 Utilities Phase 2 – December 2017 to July 2019 Complimentary Highway Works – July 2018 to July 2019


• The sections between Centenary Square and Brindley Place and between Five Ways and Hagley Road will be operated catenary free.
• Discussions between land owners and WMCA are continuing
• The final Project Proposal and Target Cost (TC2) is due to be submitted for the approval of the Owner’s team in November 2018
• The Alliance has identified a potential weakness in the canal bridge on Broad Street that may require action to be taken to restrict the movement of HGV’s over the bridge. The issue has been raised with the bridge owner (Canals and Rivers Trust) and the Local Highway Authority.
• 7 – 9 additional trams are required to fulfil this service - It is anticipated that this will require the additional trams to be delivered in summer 2021.


Wolverhampton City Centre Extension Update

Programme – Delayed until Q2 2020

Cost – On Budget

Status

Phase 1 construction – ongoing due to complete December 2017 Project will be suspended pending completion of the Station Construction works

• Between Piper’s Row and Wolverhampton Station the route will operate catenary free.
• Utilities works have progressed to plan and all civils works are now completed with the exception of gas on Pipers Row
• Some additional utilities (not disclosed by the utility companies) have been identified and these will be addressed in the course of the Phase 2 works.
• The Phase 1 switch and crossing works commenced in August in Bilston Street ahead of installation in October and completion of the works before Christmas. A revised construction strategy has been agreed with CWC that will see a more intensive second phase of construction that will be compressed into a 12 month period thereby reducing cost and overall impact on the local community.
• The station works contract is not expected to be awarded until December 2017 – some 9 months behind programme. As the Metro works in the station forecourt cannot commence until the station works are completed MMA have advised that on completion of Phase 1 the WCCE project will demobilise with only a limited design team remaining active to deal with any station interface issues.



Birmingham Eastside Extension Update

Programme – On Schedule

Cost – On Budget

Status
Public Inquiry – 22/3 November 2017 – completed
TWAO Decision – Q3/4 2018/9
Preliminary Design – complete September 2018
Preparation of Project Proposal (TC1) – Q3 2018

• Four new stops will be provided at Albert Street, New Canal Street (HS2) Meriden Street and High Street Deritend (Coach Station) with the section between Albert Street and High Street being Catenary Free.
• In September 2017 following confirmation of funding (subject to powers and business case) the WMCA approved the submission of a Transport and Works Act Order for the powers to construct, operate and maintain the tramway.
• The Alliance is working closely with Birmingham to ensure that the Metro works are taken into account by and are complimentary to the ongoing review of Digbeth.
• The interface with HS2 is a significant risk to this project as the tramway is due to open in advance of HS2 completing their construction and fit out works at Curzon Street station.
• A joint engagement event is being planned with HS2 and BCC in January / February 2018 to promote the wider benefits of the major transport investment for the area.
• The funding package includes provision for procurement and supply of an additional 7 trams that have been identified as necessary to allow services to be operated.
• Wolverhampton to Edgbaston
• Edgbaston to High St Deritend
• High St Deritend to Wolverhampton
• These additional trams will be required to be delivered in Q1 2022 at the latest in order to allow time for testing, commissioning and driver training.



Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Extension Update

Programme – Ahead Of Schedule

Cost – On Budget

• The scheme will provide up to 17 stops and will integrate with the new Dudley Bus Station and proposed Canal Street station.
• An Outline Business Case has been submitted to Government with the overall scheme benefits having been assessed using DCLG Guidance, showing a good case for the scheme. Funding of £250 million from the new Transforming Cities Fund was allocated to WMCA by Government on 20 November, including the Government funding requested in the Outline Business Case
• The Alliance has prepared a supplementary Transport and Works Order application for WMCA to submit in December 2017 to acquire the powers to acquire the land necessary for the construction and operation of the extension.
• MMA have been requested to consider what further acceleration can be achieved with a view to opening phase 1 (Wednesbury to Dudley) prior to the Commonwealth Games in 2022. A further proposal for the acceleration of the project will be submitted by MMA in March 2018 together with an application to draw down funding through to the submission of the Target Cost 1 (TC1) project proposal.
• The scheme funding includes provision of 22 additional trams that will be required to allow services to be operated from the extension to Wolverhampton, Edgbaston and High Street Deritend. With the proposed acceleration of the project the trams will be required no later than the end of Q2 2022


East Birmingham Solihull Extension

Programme – On Schedule

Cost – On Budget

• The scheme is at an early stage in its development and is expected to take a minimum of 9 years to deliver, subject to the necessary statutory processes. However this means that it could be delivered just prior to the opening of HS2 in 2026, although there is no room for delay if this is to be achieved.
• Briefings to ward councillors along the route commenced in November following agreement with the Cabinet members for Birmingham and Solihull. A project briefing, to be chaired by the Mayor, for local MP’s is being arranged for early 2018.

3rd Generation Trams

First New Trams in service – Q2 2021

In order to operate the extended network TfWM will need to order a fleet of approximately 50 additional trams capable of running catenary free.
The expectation is that the trams will be required to be delivered and commissioned in batches approximately 6 months prior to the opening of the following extensions;
• Edgbaston / Eastside: 7-9 Trams [ Q3 2021]
• Wednesbury Brierley Hill: 22 Trams [Q2 2022 or earlier if further accelerated]
• East Birmingham Solihull: 20 Trams [2026]

Funding for these vehicles is included in the Eastside, Wednesbury Brierley Hill and East Birmingham project funding envelopes. 11.5 To operate the trams additional depot facilities will be required together with upgraded / new control and communications systems. These systems will need to be procured, delivered and commissioned in parallel with the 3GT procurement and new systems will need to be retrofitted to the Urbos 3 trams.

• A market sounding exercise will commence in December and run into Q1 of 2018 with a particular focus on alternative technologies (e.g. Fuel Cell) to facilitate Catenary Free operation.
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