Birmingham’s bus stop changes to cost £14m

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Birmingham’s bus stop changes to cost £14m West Midlands ITA, Centro has confirmed work on a £14m project to reorganise bus services and move stops in Birmingham city centre is to start early next year.

Six new bus hubs will be created for use at Snow Hill, Bull Street and Priory Queensway, Moor Street, Markets, New Street and Paradise Circus.

Centro unveiled its blueprint for Birmingham last November “to help underpin economic regeneration and cement the city’s future as a vibrant global city”.

The main change will be from summer 2012 when buses stop going down Corporation Street, which will be the route for the new Midland Metro extension from Snow Hill to New Street station.

Councillor Mike Whitby, leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Developing a modern, integrated and user-friendly transport system is crucial to Birmingham’s continued development as a worldclass city.”

Centro said the tram extension and New Street railway station redevelopment were due for completion in 2015.

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