What are the main features of the route?

1.7km of twin track running from the current line at Bull Street/Corporation Street to a new terminus at High Street Deritend following the map (right). It will serve the proposed HS2 station on Curzon Street and we are working with the developers of this to ensure a smooth delivery process.

The scheme will include four tram stops as follows:

  • Albert Street
  • Under the proposed HS2 station in New Canal Street
  • Meriden Street
  • A terminus stop on High Street Deritend

The extension will serve the Eastside regeneration area, offering connections to New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill stations, along with the new HS2 station. The scheme includes a bus interchange adjacent to Hotel La Tour to replace bus stops that will need to be removed due to the Metro alignment and to provide bus, Sprint and coach interchange with HS2.

To develop this route, we submitted a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) in October 2016. If successful this will authorise us to construct, operate and maintain the route. Transport for West Midlands undertook consultation in April & May 2016 ahead of submitting the TWAO application (see below).

Extension Overview

Benefits of undertaking this extension includes:

  • The extension will link growing residential areas and key community destinations such as Heartlands Hospital with existing and new growth areas and transport hubs, including Curzon HS2, Birmingham City Centre office and retail districts, Paradise Circus/Arena Central developments with Brindleyplace/Five Ways/Edgbaston to the west, and the NEC/Airport and UK Central to the east
  • Opportunities for modal shift to Midland Metro, helping reduce congestion, noise and greenhouse gases, improving local air quality and generating opportunities for improving walking and cycling routes
  • Providing a more integrated transport system complimenting other modes including cycling, walking and bus travel and the proposed A45 Sprint, through the development of a new interchange at the HS2 stop
  • Supports the regeneration of areas of high deprivation and unemployment by connecting communities to improved employment opportunities, and health, educational and social services

The promotion of the EBS Extension will require a new Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application to be submitted to provide the powers to construct, maintain and operate the tramway between Birmingham and Solihull. An Initial Outline Business Case (IOBC) is currently being developed for the scheme for approval by the Government in order to unlock the further development funding required to take the project through its next steps of route design, public consultation and preparation of the TWAO application. The IOBC is scheduled to be submitted to the DfT during the summer 2016. If this application is approved, construction is planned to start in 2023, with the extension set to be opened to service in 2026.

  • Service frequency: 6 minute at peaks, 15 minute off peak
  • Monday to Friday Service: 04:40 to 00:15; Saturday Service: 04:40 to 01:00
  • Sunday Service: 07:20 to 00:10 at 15 minute frequency

TWAO Inquiry

The Inquiry website with the latest information can be found here.

TWAO Documents

Supporting Documents for the Statement of Case can be found in the sections below:

BEE/A1 Application Letter
BEE/A2 Planning Direction Application
BEE/A3 Concise Statement of Aims
BEE/A4 Estimate of Costs
BEE/A5 Funding Statement
BEE/A6 Declaration as to status of Applicant
BEE/A7 List Of Consents Permissions and Licenses
BEE/A8/1 Draft Order
CHANGE LINK BEE/A8/2 Updated Draft Order Revision 1 31/05/17 (clean and tracked versions)
BEE/A9 Explanatory Memorandum
BEE/A10 Report Detailing Consultation Undertaken
BEE/A11 Order Plans (Plans and Sections, Planning Direction, Traffic Regulation Order and Crown Land)
BEE/A12 Book of Reference
BEE/A13/1 Environmental Statement Volume 1 (Main Report)

BEE/A13/2 Environmental Statement Volume 2 Technical Appendices

Appendix A – General Figures
Appendix B – Urban Design Strategy
Appendix C – Route Option Report
Appendix D1 – Construction Strategy
Appendix D2 – Code of Construction Practice Part 1
Appendix E – Committed and Baseline Developments
Appendix F – EIA Consultation Information
Appendix G – Policies and Plans Technical Information
Appendix H – Scoping Report
Appendix I – Scoping Opinion
Appendix J – Land Use Technical Information
Appendix K – Climate Change Resilience Technical Information
Appendix L1 – Traffic and Transport Technical Information
Appendix L2 – Transport Assessment
Appendix M1 – Noise and Vibration Technical Information
Appendix M2 – Promoter Noise and Vibration Policy
Appendix N – Air Quality Technical Information
Appendix O – Greenhouse Gases Technical Information
Appendix P1 – Townscape Technical Information
Appendix P2 – Arboricultural Report
Appendix Q1 – Historic Environment Technical Information
Appendix Q2 – Historic Environment Assessment Tables
Appendix Q3 – Archaeological Watching Brief
Appendix R1 – Geotechnical Desk Study
Appendix R2 – Envirocheck Report Extract
Appendix S – Flood Risk Assessment
Appendix T1 – Ecology Technical Information
Appendix T2 – Preliminary Ecological Appraisal
Appendix T3 – Bat Activity Report
Appendix U – Economic Impact Assessment
Appendix V – Electromagnetic Fields Technical Information

BEE/A13/3 Environmental Statement Volume 3 (Non-Technical Summary)
BEE/A13/4 Update to Transport Assessment.compressed
BEE/A13/5 Update to Environmental Statement

The TWAO application consists of a number of documents. Links to view or download the documents are below.

BEE/D1 ‘Making our Mark’ West Midlands Combined Authority Strategic Economic Plan (2016)
BEE/D2 A Greater Birmingham for a Greater Britain, Strategic Economic Plan 2016-2030, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, (2016)
BEE/D3 Green Book Appraisal and Evaluation in Central Government, HM Treasury (2003 – as updated in 2011)
BEE/D4 Public Sector Business Cases Using the Five Case Model, Green Book Supplementary Guidance on Delivering Public Value from Spending Proposals, HM Treasury (2013)
BEE/D5 WebTAG Unit; Transport Appraisal Process, DfT (Jan 2014)
BEE/D6 WebTAG Unit: Proportionate Update Process, DfT (Jan 2014)
BEE/D7 WebTAG Adopted Unit A1.1Cost Benefit Analysis, DfT (Nov 2014)
BEE/D8/A WebTag Unit A1.2 Scheme Costs, DfT (July 2017) – replacing document D/8
BEE/D9 WebTAG Adopted Unit A1.3 User and Provider Impacts, DfT (Mar 2017)
BEE/D10 WebTAG Adopted Unit A2.1 Wider Impacts, DfT (Jan 2014)
BEE/D11 WebTAG Adopted Unit A2.2 Regeneration Impacts, DfT (Jan 2014)
BEE/D12 WebTAG Adopted Unit A4.2 Distributional Impact Appraisal, DfT (Dec 2015)
BEE/D13 WebTAG Consultation Draft Unit A2.1 Wider Economic Impact Appraisal, DfT (Sept 2016)
BEE/D14 WebTAG Consultation Draft Unit A2.2 Induced Investment Impacts, DfT (Sept 2016)
BEE/D15 WebTAG Consultation Draft Unit A2.3 Appraisal of Employment Effects, DfT (Sept 2016)
BEE/D16 WebTAG Consultation Draft Unit A2.4 Appraisal of Productivity Impacts DfT (Sept 2016)
BEE/D17 Transport Business Case Guidance, DfT (Jan 2013)
BEE/D18/A Value for Money Framework, DfT – replacing document D18
BEE/D19 Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for LA Major Schemes, DfT (Sept 2012)
BEE/D20 Best Practice Guidance for Planning the Fuller Evaluations of Local Authority Major Schemes, DfT (2013)
BEE/D21 West Midlands Combined Authority Devolution Agreement, HM Treasury and West Midlands Combined Authority, 2015
BEE/D22 Department for Communities and Local Government Letter confirming funding for BEE 27 (June 2016)
BEE/D23/1 Birmingham Eastside Extension Draft Business Case, Commercial Case, WMCA (May 2017)
BEE/D23/2 Birmingham Eastside Extension Draft Business Case, Financial Case, WMCA (May 2017)
BEE/D23/3 Birmingham Eastside Extension Draft Business Case, Strategic Case, WMCA (May 2017)
BEE/D23/4 Birmingham Eastside Extension Draft Business Case, Management Case, WMCA (May 2017)
BEE/D23/5 Birmingham Eastside Extension Draft Business Case, Economic Case, WMCA (May 2017)

The TWAO application consists of a number of documents. Links to view or download the documents are below.

BEE/E1 National Planning Policy Framework, Department for Communities and Local Government (March 2012)
BEE/E2/1 Extract from National Planning Policy Guidance: Ensuring the Vitality of Town Centres, Department for Communities and Local Government (March 2014)
BEE/E2/2 Extract from National Planning Policy Guidance: Noise, Department for Communities and Local Government (March 2014)
BEE/E2/3 Extract from National Planning Policy Guidance: Travel Plans, Transport Assessments and Statements in Decision-taking, Department for Communities and Local Government (March 2014)
BEE/E2/4 Extract from National Planning Policy Guidance: Use of Planning Conditions, Department for Communities and Local Government (March 2014)
BEE/E3 Birmingham Plan 2031: Birmingham Development Plan (Part of Birmingham’s’ Local Plan), Planning for Sustainable Growth (adopted January 2017)
BEE/E4 Bordesley Park Area Action Plan, Pre-Submission Report, Birmingham City Council, (February 2017)
BEE/E5 Birmingham Mobility Action Plan, White Paper ‘Birmingham Connected’, Birmingham City Council, (November 2014)
BEE/E6 Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon: Making Sustainable Local Transport Happen, White Paper, Department for Transport, (January 2011)
BEE/E7 Door to Door: A strategy for Improving Sustainable Transport Integration, DfT, (March 2013)
BEE/E8 Building our Industrial Strategy Green Paper, (January 2017)
BEE/E9 ‘High Speed 2: Get Ready’ HS2 Growth Taskforce, DfT (March 2014)
BEE/E10 West Midlands Local Transport Plan (2011-2026): Making the Connections (2011)
BEE/E11 ‘Towards a World Class Integrated Transport Network’ Vision Document, Centro (2013)
BEE/E12 White Paper ‘Creating Growth, Cutting Carbon’: Making Local Sustainable Transport Happen, Department for Transport January 2011
BEE/E13 Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area-Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system European Commission Transport White Paper (March 2011)
BEE/E14 West Midlands Strategic Transport Plan: Movement for Growth, West Midlands Combined Authority, (June 2016)
BEE/E15 HS2 – Unlocking the benefits: West Midlands Connectivity Package, Transport for West Midlands, (2013)
BEE/E16 The Midlands HS2 Growth Strategy: Accelerating the UK’s engine of growth, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, (July 2015)
BEE/E17 Midlands Connect Strategy: powering the Midlands Engine, Midlands Connect, March 2017
BEE/E18 Centro Integrated Public Transport Prospectus, Centro (Jan 2010)
BEE/E19 Curzon Street HS2 Masterplan for Growth, Birmingham City Council (July 2015)
BEE/E20 Curzon Street Investment Plan Birmingham City Council (June 2016)
BEE/E21 HS2 Unlocking the Benefits West Midlands Connectivity Programme, Centro (2013)
BEE/E22/1 Big City Plan City Masterplan (Part 1), Birmingham City Council (2011)
BEE/E22/2 Big City Plan BCC City Masterplan (Part 2), Birmingham City Council (2011)
BEE/E23 TfWM Transport Plan 2017-2018, WMCA (May 2017)
BEE/E24 Guidance on Compulsory Purchase Process and The Crichel Down Rules for the disposal of surplus land acquired by, or under the threat of, compulsion Department for Communities and Local Government, (October 2015)
BEE/E25 Guide to Transport and Works Act procedures, DfT (2006)
BEE/E26 TfWM 2026 Delivery Plan (Sept 2017)
BEE/E27 The Noise Policy Statement for England
BEE/E28 National Policy Statement for National Networks
BEE/E29 The Design Manual for Roads and Bridges Volume 11 Section 3 Part 7
BEE/E30 Greater Birmingham and Solihull Growth Deal

Paper copies of all of the above documents are available to view at:

Archives & Collections
Level 4
The Library of Birmingham
Centenary Square
B1 2ND

Library opening Times: 11am – 7pm Monday and Tuesday, and 11am – 5pm Wednesday to Saturday
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Documents can be purchased in hard copy format. Details of how to do this including prices and the order form and can be found here.
Further information about the TWAO process including the next steps and how to make your views known can be obtained from the Government ‘Transport and Works Act Orders: A Brief Guide’