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Old October 6th, 2014, 02:27 PM   #41
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Taken from Birmingham subforum, progress continues on city centre extension:

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New rails being maneuvered into place on Stephenson St.

Birmingham Tramway Extension. by metrogogo, on Flickr

Tramway track laying. by metrogogo, on Flickr

Tramway track laying. by metrogogo, on Flickr

On the second rail in from the camera, a milling machine is milling out a slot in the rail to drain surface water away.

Birmingham Tramway Extension by metrogogo, on Flickr

What the finished drainage system looks like, this one is on Bull St.

Grooved tramway rail. by metrogogo, on Flickr

Preparing for the second concrete pour.

Tramway track laying. by metrogogo, on Flickr
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Old October 11th, 2014, 11:26 AM   #42
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Consultation has started on Eastside tram extension to serve beyond future Curzon Street HS2 station:

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Old October 11th, 2014, 11:28 AM   #43
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Two quick pictures from me, taken yesterday as I walked from New Street to Moor Street.





Coming on nicely! Can't wait for the wires to start going up.
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Old October 12th, 2014, 10:28 PM   #44
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It's a very exciting for us Brummies in 2015.

The Midland Metro will open up in the city centre giving the tram a presence we havent seen for 50 years.

The extension to Centenary Square will start to be realised, as well as further development of our Eastside extension.

Above all New Street Station will open.
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Old October 18th, 2014, 05:04 PM   #45
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Old October 19th, 2014, 10:23 PM   #46
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Old October 23rd, 2014, 04:56 PM   #47
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photo update, ballast removed exposing a concrete deck.

Midland Metro Tram Extension by metrogogo, on Flickr

Concrete removed offering a glimpse into the viaduct.

Midland Metro Tram Extension by metrogogo, on Flickr

Midland Metro Tram Extension by metrogogo, on Flickr

urbos3 at the Snow Hill terminus.

Midland Metro Tram Extension by metrogogo, on Flickr

A close up view of the crossover on Bull Street.

Midland Metro Tram Extension by metrogogo, on Flickr

Excavating the inbound Track bed along Bull Street in preparation for the concrete track bed, photo taken from Corporation Street.

Midland Metro Tram Extension by metrogogo, on Flickr

New rails laid to bridge the gap between two previously laid sections of track along Corporation Street.

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Old November 1st, 2014, 02:32 PM   #48
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Photo update, crossover has had it's finale concrete pour, and now they are breaking up the road surface outside waterstones.

Birmingham Tramway Extension by metrogogo, on Flickr

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Old November 3rd, 2014, 09:59 AM   #49
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This project is starting to knit together. In now time at all it will open and bring the Metro back into the centre of the second city.

Once it is here the metro will be able to reach out. But instead of going to areas of sporadic and high visitor numbers I wish it'd go and serve the commuter. Travel to Perry Barr/Kingstanding, Moseley and Kings Heath.

Now that'd be impressive.

On another front. Those are good looking trams. Great livery.
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Old November 3rd, 2014, 10:15 AM   #50
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I wonder, what's the purpose of calling a tram "metro", besides marketing?
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Old November 8th, 2014, 07:23 PM   #51
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Photo round up from from the Snow Hill viaduct to Pinfold St.

Birmingham Tram Extension by metrogogo, on Flickr

New paving at Snowhill2.
Birmingham Tram Extension by metrogogo, on Flickr

Quakers to open a new peace and justice hub on Bull St.
Birmingham Tram Extension by metrogogo, on Flickr

Track bed and kerb laid on Bull St.
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Looking in the opposite direction.
Birmingham Tram Extension by metrogogo, on Flickr

Barrier removal Along Corporation St.
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Resurfacing the road and pavement after preliminary works have been completed, in readiness for Xmas markets.
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Road surface removed on Stephenson St.
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Utility works at the junction of Pinfold, Ethel, and Stephenson Streets.
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Old November 14th, 2014, 02:32 PM   #52
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Metro track replacement at Wolverhampton, tram services suspended until December:

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A few photos of the rail replacement work.

Track Replacement by metrogogo, on Flickr

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And recent works near Snow Hill station:

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Taken today at lunchtime near One Snowhill



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Old November 14th, 2014, 02:35 PM   #53
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And video on new atrium for New Street station:

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Old November 19th, 2014, 10:39 PM   #54
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More on Midland Metro city centre extension:

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It's all happening on Bull St, concrete track bed in situ and sleepers being laid out and positioned.

Tramway Construction Bull St by metrogogo, on Flickr

No time being lost with rails positioned to the sleepers.

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Drainage work almost completed on Stephenson St, we might see some more rails laid here in the next couple of weeks, Waterstone's looking good! wouldn't be surprised to see this entrance open some time in December, in the last but one photo you can just make out the new waterstones logo, they've dropped the apostrophe from the branding.

Birmingham Tramway Extension by metrogogo, on Flickr

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Old November 27th, 2014, 08:48 AM   #56
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Tram works continues near New Street station:

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Works on New Street station upgrade:

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Took these two photos today:-

Bull St:

Midland Metro extension - Bull St by bournvillebaggie, on Flickr

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And works at Snow Hill station, also related to tram extension:

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I'm not at all sure whats going on the livery st viaduct! but it seems that original brick work within the viaduct has been excavated, and then demolished, I can only think that this was part of the old Snow Hill platforms!

Birmingham tramway Extension by metrogogo, on Flickr

Birmingham tramway Extension by metrogogo, on Flickr

Birmingham tramway Extension by metrogogo, on Flickr

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I wonder, what's the purpose of calling a tram "metro", besides marketing?
Itīs the leftover of the former Midland Metro project, which included many additional lines around Wolverhampton etc.. In fact, Birmingham studied a real metro project in the early 60s, never managed to see anything of those proposals. I would call it a fast tram at least, because it uses right-of-way of a former railway alignment, whereas it was originally considered to have a short underground section.
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