UK: Midland Metro Alliance – the transition to the new digital railway
Alejandro Moreno – Alliance Director, Midland Metro Alliance – describes the challenges surrounding the £1.34 billion project currently underway to transform light rail infrastructure in the West Midlands
Date: 23 May 2018
With the social and economic regeneration of the West Midlands at its heart, the partner companies that make up the Midland Metro Alliance share a commitment to delivering the best light rail service to their passengers. Backed by a budget of £1.34 billion, Midland Metro Alliance is a team of planning, design and construction specialists responsible for building the tram extensions over the next decade, and expanding the current network by approximately 60 kilometres. One of the challenges is the shortage in skilled and semi-skilled labour so MMA has been engaging with local colleges to devise a sector-based light railwork academy where young people can gain qualifications and on-the-job experience. With less than six months of construction completed, the team have already achieved an impressive 67% of suppliers being based in the area.
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