First chance on board new £40m Midland Metro trams

New Midland Metro trams will be hitting the tracks this summer - and, ahead of a public showing at Birmingham's Snow Hill tomorrow, ITV News Central was invited to hop on board to take a ride.

Midland Metro show off £40m trams to public

by Chris Halpin

Members of the public will get the chance to go on one of the Midland Metro's new trams tomorrow.

£40 million has been spent upgrading the fleet, and five out of a eventual 20 trams are being tested at the main depot in Wednesbury.

They'll be in full service by the summer, but passengers can have an early look at one of the high-tech trams at Birmingham Snow Hill station tomorrow. Chris Halpin reports.

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New £40m Midland Metro fleet unveiled to public

One of the new Midland Metro trams
One of the new Midland Metro trams Credit: ITV News Central

One of the Midland Metro's new £40million fleet of trams will go on show to the public for the first time tomorrow.

A total of 20 new trams are being built in Spain, and so far five have been delivered to the Midland Metro depot in Wednesbury. Each costs £1.8m, and the new trams will be able to carry a third more passengers.

One of the existing Midland Metro trams
One of the existing Midland Metro trams Credit: ITV News Central

ITV News Central were invited to see inside one of the new trams, ahead of the public viewing at Birmingham Snow Hill on Saturday 5th April.

They replace the older trams which have been running between Wolverhampton and Birmingham for 15 years, since the line first opened in 1999. It's all part of the £126 million upgrade to the line which is being extended to Birmingham New Street.