Birmingham City Centre Tramway

Construction of the new tramway across the centre of Birmingham to link Snow Hill Station with New Street Station has been making steady if at times seemingly very slow progress.   The new tramway will leave its present right of way a little after the St Paul’s stop and will pass above the Great Charles Queensway highway and soon thereafter reach the new Snow Hill stop.   This will be immediately alongside the little used north end entrance and ticket office to Snow Hill (BR) station.    Access to the tram stop will involve an extension of the access tunnel under the railway to reach the tram stop platforms.    Apart from the clearance of vegetation and general junk little has been done so far on creating the new route.

Next the right of way will run along what had been a grassy strip between the BR and existing tram Station and the four linked towers of the major Knight Frank offices.   The present tram platforms will be removed to allow the restoration of the fourth platform in the BR station.    Work has just begun on the removal of the grass along this section and the creation of foundations for the new track.    The route will continue along Colmore Gate and Bull Street and most of the track has been in place for several months.   There will be a new stop on Bull Street which will be the nearest stop to the “front door” and main ticket office at the BR Snow Hill Station.    After traversing Bull Street the route will turn sharply right to reach Corporation Street.    Work has started of laying track around the curve but the eastern track has been in place almost all of Corporation Street for some time and the laying of the western track has made excellent progress during the first half of February.    There will be a stop on Corporation Street a little past the major House of Fraser store (formerly Rackhams) about half way between the Bull Street and New Street Station stops.

The final section of the route takes it across the now pedestrianised New Street along Stephenson Place, then curving sharply right into Stephenson Street immediately alongside the station entrance. Most of the track is in place along Stephenson Street but work of the further extension towards Five Ways will not begin until after the section to New Street has opened.      No work has been done in connection with the overhead wires.   No masts have been erected and no fittings attached to buildings where appropriate.

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