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BIRMINGHAM
 England . U.K.

Birmingham tram map

 TRAM

The Birmingham Midland Metro opened on 31 May 1999 and is the first of a planned 3-line network of a modern metro-tram, i.e. similar to a German Stadtbahn it runs partly on streets. The original Line 1 was 20.4 km long and started at Snow Hill railway station in the centre of Birmingham. It uses an old railway alignment for about 18 km through Wednesbury and West Bromwich towards Wolverhampton. The final 2.4 km after Priestfield station in this city is along Bilston Road where it shares its right-of-way with road traffic up to its Wolverhampton terminus at St. George's. All the stops have 30 cm high platforms which provide stepless access into the low-floor vehicles. By mid-2015, all original Ansaldobreda T69 vehicles had been replaced by new CAF Urbos trams. In Dec. 2015, the original Snow Hill terminus was abandoned and replaced with a new stop further north, and the line diverted via a ramp to Bull Street from where trams finally started to run through the city centre down to the city's main railway station New Street (Grand Central).

 

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 History

31 May 1999: Birmingham, Snow Hill - Wolverhampton, St. George's

06 Dec 2015: Snow Hill - Bull Street
30 May 2016: Bull Street - Grand Central

 

 Projects

In the city centre, the next stage from New Street Station (main railway station) to Centenary Square is under construction. At the Wolverhampton end, an extension to the railway station is also planned.

 


 Links

Network West Midlands (Official Website)

The Metro (West Midlands Travel Limited - Official Website)

Centro (West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive and Authority)

Midland Metro Alliance (Extension projects)


Midland Metro at Wikipedia

BLOG: Read your webmaster's impressions of the Birmingham tram system after a visit in Sept. 2015

 Older photos

Jewellery Quarter© Robert Schwandl St. Pauls© Robert Schwandl The Hawthorns© Robert Schwandl Bilston© Robert Schwandl Wolverhampton St. Georges© Robert Schwandl West Bromwich © Robert Schwandl

These photographs © Robert Schwandl (UrbanRail.Net)

 Books

Tram Atlas Britain & IrelandRobert Schwandl:

NEW: TRAM ATLAS BRITAIN & IRELAND

Birmingham, Blackpool, Dublin, Edinburgh, Manchester, Nottingham, London (Croydon) & Sheffield
+ London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, Tyne-and-Wear Metro, Liverpool Merseyrail & Glasgow Subway + Tram Museums

Numerous colour images, detailed network maps, Text deutsch/English, ISBN 978 3 936573 45 9, Nov. 2015, EUR 19.50

More info

Robert Schwandl: METROS IN BRITAIN. Underground & Light Rail Networks in the U.K. - March 2006, ISBN 3936573123 More info

J. Boynton: MAIN LINE TO METRO. - May 2001, Mid England Books, ISBN 0952224895

 
 



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