Birmingham tram disruption over Easter for major West Midlands Metro extension work - full details

West Midland Metro tram passengers in Birmingham are facing major disruption over Easter 
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Crucial work on the West Midland Metro tram extension to connect the new Brierley Hill line to the existing network is due to take place.

The work is being carried out by tram scheme developer Midland Metro Alliance in partnership with network owner Transport for West Midlands (TfWM).

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So far there has been construction work on bridges and tracks, including a new bridge to carry trams on the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill Metro extension over the A4123 Birmingham New Road, in Dudley.

The work is coinciding with a Sandwell Council project to complete the demolition and construction of Dudley Street bridge, which spans the tram track near the Dudley Street Guns Village stop, to minimise disruption for passengers.

What tram services will be disrupted over Easter as Midland Metro extension work is carried out?

From this weekend until April 9, there are no trams running between Edgbaston Village and Wednesbury in order for the new Brierley Hill line to be connected to the existing network.

These works will continue during the night between Sunday and Thursday each week from April 11 until May 16. For safety reasons there will be no services between Edgbaston Village and Black Lake tram stops from approximately 8pm between these dates.

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But there will be no changes to services on Fridays and Saturdays during this period. Tram passengers are being advised to plan journeys, meanwhile passes and tickets can be used on trains and National Express services 47, 74, 79, 80 and 101.

West Midlands Metro tram in Birmingham city centreWest Midlands Metro tram in Birmingham city centre
West Midlands Metro tram in Birmingham city centre

West Midlands Metro managing director Sophie Allison said: “We understand the impact that these essential works will have on our customers and appreciate their patience during this period of disruption.

"We have used this opportunity to plan in some of our infrastructure investment works which will ensure that we are able to continue to provide a safe and secure, reliable and sustainable service for the many people who rely upon us every day.

"An enhanced timetable will also be in place from April 10 when customers will be able to enjoy a more frequent service throughout the day. We are looking forward to being able to connect even more communities as we take one step closer to being able to deliver a service to Dudley town centre.”

What other work is underway to improve tram services in Birmingham and the West Midlands?

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Earlier this month engineers installed supporting beams to replace the former landmark Hanson’s Ale Bridge in Birmingham New Road as part of the huge £1.6 billion expansion scheme to make it easier for more travellers to catch the tram from Edgbaston and Digbeth in Birmingham; Dudley and Wednesbury.

The first phase will see up to nine new stops opened between Wednesbury to Flood Street in Dudley. Phase Two will then see the route extended to Brierley Hill creating up to 14 stops in total when the extension is finished.

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