Metro Consultation for Digbeth

Centro is planning an extension to the Metro network, to link the HS2 terminus at New Canal Street with a proposed new multi-storey car park at Adderley Street.

It is expected that up to 12,000 people will arrive at the HS2 station every hour, so clearly a rapid transport system will be needed to expedite their onward travel. There are two options for the route through Digbeth and as such, a public consultation is being undertaken.

Option 1 - click for larger view Option 2 - click for larger view

Option one follows Fazeley Street before turning onto Liverpool Street. There would be a stop close to the junction with Great Barr Street and Heath Mill Lane. Trams would then continue along Liverpool Street before turning into Adderley Street.

Option two runs along New Canal Street and Meriden Street before turning left on to High Street Deritend. It would then run along the centre of the carriageway with a stop close to the junction of Milk Street to serve Digbeth Coach Station and the Custard Factory, before turning left into Adderley Street.

What the new tram route could look like

We feel that the second option for the route down Digbeth High Street makes more sense in terms of connectivity: the road is already wide enough to accommodate a tram without losing pedestrian and vehicular access; secondly, it would be strange for the tram to not connect Digbeth Coach Station to the rest of the transport network.

Depending on the timing of Government approval, trams could be open in Digbeth by 2023, three years ahead of the scheduled opening of HS2 in 2026, and 70 years after the last trams graced our streets. The image below shows a tram turning into Rea Street in 1953 – the year that trams stopped running in Birmingham. You can see more archive images on the Birmingham Mail website.

To have your voice heard in this consultation, visit one of the exhibitions below to speak to a member of the Centro team, or visit the website here:

  • Thursday 23rd October, 08:00-11:00
    Winter Garden, Fazeley Studios, Fazeley Street, Digbeth
  • Thursday 23rd October, 12:00-16:30
    The Dome, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth
  • Saturday 25th October, 09:00-15:00
    Exhibition Bus, Birmingham Markets

Pamela Pinski

Digbeth and Proud

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