The Alliance reports:
Major milestone reached on Birmingham Westside Metro extension as canal tunnel reopens on schedule
Works to bring the second phase of the Birmingham Westside extension closer to completion have reached a major milestone with the reopening of Broad Street Canal Tunnel.
The Midland Metro Alliance has completed essential strengthening works to the canal bridge in just 12 weeks, two days earlier than planned, and the tunnel will be reopened to canal and towpath traffic on Thursday 14 March 2019.
As part of an innovative strengthening solution, steelwork was fitted into the existing brickwork of the late 18th Century structure. The system was installed from the underside of the bridge, resulting in less noise and impact on the highway above.
Paul Brown, Midland Metro Alliance Project Director for the Birmingham Westside extension, said: “Our team on the Birmingham Westside extension have worked tirelessly to ensure the canal tunnel works were completed on time, particularly graduate Dan Colley and Assistant Construction Manager Charlotte Parker to whom we owe the success of this phase of the works.”
Alejandro Moreno, Director of the Midland Metro Alliance, added: “We are extremely pleased that the area will be reopened to canal and towpath traffic on schedule and on budget. This is a significant step forward allowing us to forge ahead with this exciting project that will ultimately see West Midland Metro services extended from Grand Central to the new terminus at 54 Hagley Road. We thank residents, businesses and the community who use the canal for their patience during these works. ”
With the support of the Canal & River Trust, construction on the canal tunnel was carried out during the quieter winter months in a bid to minimise disruption for the community living and working alongside the canal.
Adnan Saif, Regional Director for the Canal & River Trust in the West Midlands, added: “We are thankful to the Midland Metro Alliance for completing these works in such a timely manner and for their careful and considerate efforts to protect a structure of an important historic legacy. I have no doubt that, once complete, the Metro will bring more visitors to our amazing canal network, with a stop planned just a stone’s throw from the Broad Street Canal. We are also grateful for the understanding shown by those on the canal while these important works were carried out.”