An extension of the Midland Metro tram network to Birmingham’s New Street station has finally opened.
Trams began operating from Bull Street to the Grand Central centre stop at 8am on May 30.
The opening had originally been delayed from December 2015 until early 2016 to reduce the level of disruption to retailers in the city centre over Christmas.
The £128 million extension from Snow Hill to New Street station was then slated to open on May 22. This was then pushed back after issues were identified with the track alignment.
Councillor Richard Worrall, Metro lead member for the ITA’s transport delivery committee which oversees transport body Centro, said: “It’s wonderful to see the Metro running all the way between Wolverhampton Birmingham New Street.
“It’s obviously great news for Birmingham – but also for the wider West Midlands. This extension is expected to create more than 1,300 sustainable new jobs and boost the regional economy by more than £50 million a year.”
Mike Reade, a director at Balfour Beatty director which built the extension, said: “We are delighted to join Centro and Birmingham City Council in celebrating the completion of the Birmingham City Centre Extension.
“This complex and challenging project has demanded collaborative work across the entire team and is a significant milestone for Birmingham.
“We look forward to supporting the continued investment in the infrastructure of the West Midlands to improve connectivity and support economic growth.”