The West Midlands transport authority Centro has selected Balfour Beatty to build an extension line of the metro network between Birmingham and Wolverhampton in the UK as part of £127m project.
The extension of the metro network will offer a faster link between Birmingham’s two major rail stations, which will transport more than 3.5 million passengers a year to the city’s shopping district, as well as the purchase of 20 new trams for the Midland Metro system.
Balfour Beatty will work with Centro’s project team and stakeholders to finalise the design and construction proposals. Work on the project is expected to start in early 2013 and expected to be completed in 2015.
The extension starts from the existing stop at St Paul’s and pass through a new Snow Hill stop and then along a £9m viaduct built by Ballymore. It will then pass through Upper Bull Street, Corporation Street and Stephenson Street with stops at a new entrance at a rebuilt New Street Station.
Recently Centro signed a £40m deal with Spanish train maker CAF to supply 25 Urbos 3 trams, which will replace the current fleet of 16 Ansaldo Trasporti trams to meet an expected rise in passenger demand, following the opening of a 1.3km extension.
The new trams will be about 30% bigger than the vehicles they replace and will have passenger information, CCTV information and protection, and passenger assistance units at each door.
As part of the project, Morgan Sindall has already commenced work a £13m extension of the Metro maintenance depot, while the other components of the £127m project include platform modifications on the existing line.
Image: The 1.3km extension of the Midland metro will pass through Corporation Street and Stephenson Street. Photo: courtesy of Centro.