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GBSLEP Board Director Matthew Rhodes discusses the Birmingham Eastside Metro Extension

11 Dec 2020


A West Midlands Metro extension linking Digbeth with the city centre has moved a step forward with the much-anticipated light rail route now in the preliminary construction stage following approval by the Department of Transport earlier this year.

As part of the Enterprise Zone programme, GBSLEP has committed to help Birmingham City Council develop the business cases for Digbeth High Street public realm. Realigning the Metro on the High Street and investing in the public realm is vital to ensure we not only create a space that focuses on pedestrians but also provide a world class corridor for public transport, including buses and new Sprint vehicles.

We are committed to enabling inclusive economic growth and we see this area as a great opportunity to create jobs as well as a sense of place as we strive to make our city region the best to live in and work in.

GBSLEP Board Director, Matthew Rhodes attended the site of the enabling works in Digbeth this week and discussed the impact of the Birmingham Eastside Metro Extension.