New plans to extend the tram network to the south of Birmingham city centre have certainly prompted plenty of debate.

The Post has been inundated with feedback from readers about our story from earlier today that a public consultation has been launched to garner views on two possible routes.

We've trawled our photo archives and discovered a little gem (above) showing how trams used to look the last time they ran through Digbeth while the gallery below has CGIs and maps of the proposed new tram development.

Both possible tram routes would take in the planned new HS2 railway station in Curzon Street, Eastside and Digbeth, connecting this historic part of the city centre with core areas such as Bullring and New Street station.

The routes have been drawn up by transport authority Centro and Birmingham City Council, but the trams would not be running until 2023, three years prior to the planned opening of the HS2 terminal.