West Midlands Metro: tram services in Birmingham city centre set to be fully restored - here’s when

A service between Wolverhampton and Birmingham Bull Street has been maintained over the last month after all services were initially halted in November - but a date has been set for the full service to return

All tram services in the West Midlands were suspended in November after cracks were discovered for a second time, with a section of the route restarting between Wolverhampton and Bull Street before Christmas.

West Midlands Metro has today (January 14) announced that tram services in Birmingham city centre are set to resume fully by the end of the month.

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Ongoing repairs to the West Midlands Metro tram fleet are progressing and regular services to Grand Central and the Library are expected to return by January 30 - dependent on tram availability.

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What’s been said following the announcement?

Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street said: “I would like to thank the public for their patience during what has been a very frustrating period of disruption to Metro services in Birmingham city centre.

“The announcement today from our operator means we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and can look forward to seeing trams running along Corporation Street to Grand Central and Library by the end of the month.

“Clearly this is based on the repair programme continuing as expected over the next two weeks, and I know the team will be working exceptionally hard to ensure this happens.”

A spokesman for West Midlands Combined Authority, added: “The ongoing repairs to the West Midlands Metro tram fleet are progressing well and we expect to be able to return regular services to Grand Central and the Library by January 30th.

“This is dependent on tram availability.

“Engineers from both West Midlands Metro and the tram manufacturer have been working round the clock to ensure the new repairs are robust and that once a full service resumes it will be safe, reliable and sustainable.”

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