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Video: Sneak preview of Birmingham Metro route with trams to return next month

Work set to complete on the Metro extension but, to take the mystery out of it, we have filmed a short video showing the journey along the new line

CGI of tram on Stephenson Street. Part of proposed extension to Midlands Metro line which would see trams connected from Snow Hill Station to New Street Station

Trams will be travelling through Birmingham city centre in less than a month – for the first time in decades.

With work on the Midland Metro extension from Snow Hill to New Street almost complete, testing will begin on the tracks in mid-October.

Although don’t expect to see them, as initial testing will be done overnight, with scheduled operations expected to begin before the end of the year.

But to take the mystery out of it, we have filmed a short video showing the journey along the new Metro line.

A Centro spokesperson said: “We will begin testing and commissioning in the middle part of next month.

“The testing will initially be done overnight for obvious reasons, and we will be testing things like alignment.

“Assuming that all goes well, we are scheduled to start by the end of the year.”

The extension will deliver an estimated 3.5 million passengers from the Black Country and West Birmingham into the heart of Birmingham’s shopping district, along Corporation Street.

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Economic experts estimate the benefits of swift travel times and direct link to shops will lead to the creation of 1,500 city centre jobs and benefit the regional economy by £50 million a year.

The route will further increase as the Metro is planned to go to Centenary Square and along Broad Street over the next five years, while an eventual extension into Wolverhampton city centre is also planned.

A further Birmingham line , to deliver trams to proposed High Speed 2 station at Curzon Street before heading out through Digbeth and on to the International Airport and NEC, is also planned.

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