23 Sep 2020 - 3 minutes

All aboard as we discover more about Birmingham’s brilliant transport networks.

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Being located in central England, it’s no surprise that Birmingham is a major transport hub. Travelling within the city and its surrounding region is easy thanks to the fantastic network of public transport, including buses, trams and trains, all overseen by Transport for West Midlands.

Despite being so well connected, walking and cycling around Birmingham is often just as popular.

So, all aboard as we take a whistle-stop tour of this fantastic transport network and highlight all the ways you can get in, out and around this great city.

Trams

Blue tram rides past The Cube in Birmingham
Image: @deangammon

First stop - trams! The West Midlands Metro is a light-rail tram system promoted by Transport for West Midlands. The system has one line that connects Birmingham to Wolverhampton via West Bromwich and Wednesbury. In 2016, the line was extended across Birmingham city-centre from Birmingham Snow Hill to Birmingham New Street station. It is planned to extend further from New Street to Centenary Square and then on to Five Ways and Edgbaston.

Another line connecting the Eastside district of the city-centre is also planned. For ticket prices and journey information, head over to the West Midlands Metro site here.

Trains

Exterior of Grand Central Station in Birmingham with trains entering and leaving the station
Image: www.dezeen.com

Please remember to take all luggage with you; we’ve arrived at trains! There are eight local lines that criss-cross the city, ensuring quick and easy links to all attractions and venues. Birmingham New Street Station alone has capacity for 52 million passengers a year.

Birmingham and the West Midlands are also at the heart of the new national high-speed rail network, more commonly known as HS2. The line will bring the city within an hour’s commute of Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, London, York, Preston and Wigan.

CGI of HS2's Curzon Street Station in Birmingham
Image: www.grimshaw.global

Its hub will be in the brand-new Curzon Street Station, which will see £900m spent on regenerating the surrounding area.

The rail network also serves Birmingham Airport, which leads us nicely on to our next stop.

Planes

The runway of Birmingham airport with planes preparing to take off
Image: www.ukaviation.news

It’s safe to unfasten your seatbelts, we’ve arrived at Birmingham Airport! Officially opened as Elmdon Airport on the 8th July 1939, Birmingham Airport had a throughput of over 12.9 million passengers in 2017. This makes it the seventh busiest airport in the UK.

Flights are available to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, North America and Caribbean.

Buses

A red bus serving the West Midland drives along a leafy road
Image: www.expressandstar.com

Birmingham has a brilliant bus network, operated by Network West Midlands. Many have facilities such as low floors for easy access for wheelchair users and pushchairs. Nearly all of the bus companies who operate in the area have invested heavily in new buses. Some, such as Arriva Sapphire, National Express Platinum and Stagecoach Gold have free Wi-Fi and USB charging points.

For those who like a late night, many routes run well into the evening. And that just leaves us with the last stop on our tour…

The road networks

Aerial shot of Spaghetti Junction near Birmingham
Image: www.publicservicetransformation.org

Just before our train terminates, we’ve got a bit of time to talk about the road networks surrounding Birmingham. The M40 motorway connects Birmingham to London via Oxford. The M6 does the same via the M1, also connecting the city to the north-west of England and Scotland.

One of Birmingham’s most unlikely landmarks is Junction 6 of the M6, more commonly known as Spaghetti Junction. Its official name is the Gravelly Hill Interchange. It is built across five different levels, has 559 concrete columns, reaches up to 24.4 meters and engineers had to elevate 13.5 miles of motorway to accommodate two railway lines, three canals and two rivers.

Although we’ve reached the end of the line, your journey doesn’t need to finish here.

Exit at the junction and discover more about our luxury apartments in Park Gate, situated minutes from Birmingham Airport and in a prime position for the eventual HS2 Interchange at Birmingham Curzon Street.

Thank you for travelling with Alliance City Living today and we hope to see you again soon!

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