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Birmingham cable car scheme being considered

2012-12-06 18:39:14

Cable Car

Birmingham could get a cable car system under proposals being considered by city transport bosses.

It follows calls by transport authority Centro to find ways of linking up the redeveloped New Street, Moor Street and Curzon Street stations.

Curzon Street, currently a derelict site, is due to be turned into the city's HS2 high-speed rail terminal.

The designers behind the cable car that spans the River Thames in London are due to give a presentation to Centro.

The £60m Emirates Air Line cable car system opened in June, operating between the 02 and the Excel Centre.

'Iconic scheme'

Centro Chief Executive Geoff Inskip said it was seriously considering a similar scheme for Birmingham.

He said: "We think it's got legs. We asked people to come up with imaginative ideas to link up the stations, and something that could be iconic for the city.

"We think Birmingham deserves something unique that puts us on the map, both in the UK and globally.

"We now need to see if it's practically possible."

Providing a continuous service, he said travellers could arrive at New Street and go directly to Curzon Street, without having to wait for the next bus, tram or taxi.

Mr Inskip said the cable car could complement the city's tram system and also possibly link up with the Bullring shopping centre.

A £128m scheme to extend the Metro tram system to link Snow Hill railway station to New Street is expected to open in 2015.

New Street station's new passenger concourse is due to open in April 2013 as part of a £598m redevelopment.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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