Canal tunnel at heart of city to shut for Metro extension
ABUSY Birmingham canal tunnel will close for several weeks for strengthening work as a new phase of work for the Midland Metro tram extension begins.
Broad Street Canal Tunnel will be shut for narrow boats and pedestrians who normally use its footpaths to walk between Gas Street Basin and Brindleyplace.
The closure from this week will remain in place until early spring.
Road traffic will be able to continue use to use Broad Street, though two-way traffic signals on the street above will be in place.
The works have been scheduled by the Midland Metro Alliance, with the support of the Canal & River Trust, during winter to minimise disruption alongside the canal, which is traditionally busier in warmer months.
Midland Metro Alliance will use an innovative method to strengthen the bridge, consisting of additional steelwork fitted within the existing brickwork the late 18th century structure.
The system will be installed from the underside of the bridge and will result in less noise during works.
It is anticipated to be much faster than other methods and will prevent the need for significant impact on the road above.
Steve Grimes, Midland Metro Alliance project director for the Westside Metro extension, said: “We recognise that there will be some disruption to those living, working, travelling and visiting the city during this vital next stage of Metro works.
“We are working closely with Birmingham City Council, local Business Improvement Districts, the Canal & River Trust, and Transport for West Midlands to minimise the impact.”
The Metro extension follows one from St Chads to Grand Central, which opened for passengers in May 2016.
Once complete, the Metro will operate between Grand Central and Hagley Road in Edgbaston. of
> Broad Street Canal Tunnel will be closed for Metro extension works