Birmingham Westside Metro Extension

The tram network lies at the heart of the region’s exciting public transport integration plans.


Project Value

£1 - 10 million



The plans – part of the region’s wider regeneration – will improve accessibility to and from the west of Birmingham, while providing better connectivity to job locations. It’s also the first Metro system in the country to operate independently on battery power throughout.

Phase two of the Birmingham Westside extension will see the tramway further extended from the Library tram stop in Centenary

Square along Broad Street, to Hagley Road in Edgbaston, just west of Five Ways. This part of the overall extension will be approximately 1.35km long and, together with the Hagley Road terminus, will feature intermediate stops at Brindley Place and Five Ways.

Midland Metro Alliance/Colas Rail commissioned VVB Engineering (UK) Ltd to provide design, supply and installation services of LV Power Distribution Systems at Five Ways, Brindley Place and Edgbaston Village tram stops.


  • Design of low voltage (LV) system and cabinets, uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system and cabinets, voltage limiting device (VLD) system and cabinets
  • Development of detailed LV and UPS distribution design
  • Development of LV and UPS distribution design to AFC
  • Site installation of low voltage cables and connections
  • Association with auxiliary equipment at Brindley Place, Five Ways and Edgbaston Village tram stops
  • Testing and commissioning of complete works

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