Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Metro plans passed


Yesterday I was very pleased to hear that the local Passenger Transport Authority has approved plans for a £430m expansion of the Midlands Metro around Birmingham and the Black Country. The scheme which now needs the government's approval which I certainly hope it will get soon.


Plans for a £430m expansion of the Midlands Metro around Birmingham and the Black Country are being sent to the government for approval. The plans include new lines through Birmingham city centre and from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill via Dudley. The government is to be asked for three-quarters of the cost. It is hoped the trams will run by 2012.


As someone who commutes I use the trams almost everyday when and find that they are brilliant. They run every few minutes even during the evening and usually don’t have the problems that you sometimes face when using buses or trains such as delays, traffic and so.


Unfortunately today services between Black Lake, near Wednesbury, and Birmingham have been suspended and the power supply cut off because a man became trapped underneath a tram at the Booth Street stop in the Handsworth area of Birmingham on this morning. So I guess that some issues around health and safety may need to be looked at.

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