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Background | Digbeth High Street public realm | Birmingham City Council

Background

The Eastside area of Birmingham City Centre is being transformed.

Image showing an artist impression of Digbeth High Street after the public realm has been completed. It displays a new pedestrian signal crossing at the corner of Gibb Street, with more greenery along the roadside

Artist impression of new look Digbeth High Street

Starting in July 2021, the scheme will transform Digbeth High Street into an attractive, safe space, with major public transport improvements. Less traffic in the area will help to meet the council’s commitment to a carbon neutral Birmingham by 2030.

The Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) has allocated £15.4 million from it’s Enterprise Zone Investment Plan (EZIP) to Birmingham City Council for the development. An extra £272,000 is being provided by the council.

The work is happening alongside the construction of the Birmingham Eastside Metro extension which is being delivered by the Midland Metro Alliance on behalf of Transport of West Midlands. The Metro line will change to allow for wider pavements, better cycle routes and increased cycle parking.

The Birmingham Eastside extension will be approximately 1.7km in length and run from Bull Street, in the city centre, to Digbeth. Four new tram stops will join the Metro network. More than half of the route will be free of overhead wires. This is like the recently opened extension from Grand Central to Centenary Square. Construction in Lower Bull Street started in June 2021.