New Street tram extension faces further delay

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    The opening of an extension of the Midland Metro tram network to Birmingham’s New Street station has been delayed because of issues with the track alignment.

    Due to open on May 22, the launch of services on the extended route has been “put on hold”, transport body Centro announced yesterday.

    Midland Metro programme director Phil Hewitt said that “minor anomalies in some of the track alignment” had been detected.

    Work began on the 1.2-kilometre extension from Snow Hill station to New Street station in 2012. The line had been due to open in December 2015 but, so as not to impact on Christmas trading, that was put back.

    Centro’s Midland Metro programme director Phil Hewitt said: “It is bitterly disappointing as everything else is in place and ready to go but, as we have said right from the start, safety is paramount.

    “A stringent testing programme has identified minor anomalies in some of the track alignment which need to be addressed.

    “These are exactly the sort of issues the tests were designed to identify.

    “However remedial work is relatively straightforward. Once that is complete, on-street driver training can begin and we will soon have passenger services running.”

     

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