Spending review gives Birmingham Metro extension the go ahead
26-Oct-10by Annie Byrne
Birmingham’s planned £130m transportation project has been saved from Chancellor George Osborne’s spending cuts after his Comprehensive Spending Review last week.The project will see the city centre’s Midland Metro tram extend to connect Snow Hill to New Street with a second phase aimed at connecting Birmingham Airport and the National Exhibition Centre (NEC). The Birmingham Mail reported earlier in the month the passenger transport authority Centro had said there was a possibility the spending cuts could result in the project being axed or delayed. It said it expected the Metro would be “sacrificed” to pay for park and ride schemes.
Following a refurbishment, rebrand and £4.4m investment, the East of England Arena and Events centre opened to event professionals on 21 June to explains developments at the venue and provide an insight into future plans. Guests were also treated to a once in a lifetime experience in various classic cars and more unusual vehicles.