After a break for Christmas and then awaiting a suitable possession at New Street station and then finding misaligned tracks it seems that Midland Metro will at long last reach its new terminal point near New Street Station in Birmingham City Centre. Trams were extended from Snow Hill to Bull Street a few months ago but from Monday 30 May the trams reach New Street. A stop at Snow Hill will be restored and new stops added in Corporation Street and Grand Central (New Street). I think a little trip to Brum may be on the cards.
Work is already planned on a further extension (due 2019) beyond Grand Central to Centenary Square with a "wireless section" where trams will run on battery power as no overhead will be installed given the heritage setting near the Town Hall and Council House.
And despite the URL wording the government are putting in £59.8m not £598m! It doesn't cost nearly £600m to extend a tram a couple of kms. Looks like a bit of an early Christmas present for the Tory Mayor of the West Midlands.