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Cable car system planned for Birmingham city centre

Plans have been submitted for a new cable car that will run within the Birmingham city centre helping passengers to get between the three railway stations that are spread out throughout the city. The architects that helped solve the London congestion with the Thames cable car have been invited to create proposals for the Birmingham scheme.

If the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail link is given the green light, then a new terminal will be built to accommodate it on Curzon Street making a cable car a vital part of the transport network. In addition, the Birmingham city centre will also find that the second stage of HS2 will lead to an increase in the amount of transport projects. The extension would include stops in Leeds and Manchester.

The West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority Centro is currently looking into ideas that would make the HS2 run even farther outside of London with the idea of reopening the Tamworth and Camp Hill rail lines sometime around the year 2026. At this point the new station would be opened.

In addition, the Metro is planned to be extended along Carrs Lane and Bull Street so that passengers can be transported to the new HS2 station and to Moor Street. In addition, the New Street Station is slated to be renovated in 2015 to offer passengers covered walkways.

Chief Executive of Centro, Geoff Inskip, stated that they are looking at various ideas and one option they are taking a close look at is building a cable car link that is based on the same premise as the Thams cable car in London. The cable car would ideally operate on a loop so that it offers passengers a ‘turn up and g’ mode of transportation between the HS2 terminal, New Street Station, and the Bull Ring.


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