A joint venture between the new West MidlandsCombined Authority (WMCA), Colas Rail, Egis Rail, Tony Gee and Pell Frischman, known as the Midland Metro Alliance, has been created to deliver planned extensions of Birmingham’s tram network.
The alliance will oversee the design and construction of extension projects due to be delivered over the next few years.
The £1.2 billion Midland Metro expansion programme includes new lines to Centenary Square, Edgbaston and Curzon Street. An extension along Pipers Row in Wolverhampton to the city’s railway station is also planned and a business case is currently being compiled to connect the line at Wednesbury to Brierley Hill.
WMCA said it will be the first time the city has used an alliance model to deliver a major infrastructure programme such as this.
Midland Metro Alliance director Iain Anderson said: “This is an extremely exciting opportunity for all parties within the alliance.
“The scale of the proposed development programme, and the commitment to a 10-year duration provides us with a unique opportunity to develop efficient bespoke solutions, build long-term relationships with key stakeholders and to play a major role in the enhancement of the communities within which we will be operating.”
In May, the first extension of the Midland Metro network was completed. The line extended the system beyond Birmingham Snow Hill station through the city centre to New Street station.