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1995-11-13 DoT-001
Department of Transport


Young marks start of multi million pound Midland Metro

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Department of Transport

Young marks start of multi million pound Midland Metro

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13 November 1995
source Department of Transport
type Press release

note 367

The first piece of turf was turned today at the multi million pound
Midland Metro scheme.

Transport Secretary Sir George Young joined Councillor Dick Worrall
at a ceremony to mark the start of construction of Midland Metro Line

Speaking at the West Bromwich site Sir George said:

"Midland Metro Line One is good news for travellers in the West

"It will provide motorists and others with a clean, attractive,
frequent and reliable alternative form of transport in a heavily
congested corridor.

"It will also play a part in assisting regeneration in the Black
Country area.

"I am delighted to have been invited to Birmingham today to cut the
first turf which will start construction of this #145 million light
rail scheme.

"Light rail can make a positive contribution to relieving congestion
in some urban areas.

"I congratulate Altram and the local authorities on their
contribution to the project. It is an excellent example of
partnership and a triumph for the Private Finance Initiative. It also
shows the local community's confidence in the scheme.

"Midland Metro Line One maps the way forward for light rail schemes.
I wish it every success in the future."


1. Mr Norris, Minister for local transport, announced on 13 July 1995
the Government's acceptance of this scheme. The line runs from
Birmingham to Wolverhampton via West Bromwich, Wednesbury and
Bilston, serving Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter and the suburb of
Handsworth as well as major development sites in the Black Country
Development Corporation area, assisting a number of areas classified
by DOE as suffering urban deprivation.

2. The cost of Line One is expected to be approximately #145 million.
The Department is contributing #80 million plus EDRF cover. Altram,
the consortium who will build and operate the system is contributing
#11.5 million and taking on the cost and revenue risk. The EDRF is
contributing #31 million. The local authorities have raised #23

# = pounds sterling

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