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Queen names new Midland Metro tram

Her Majesty the Queen reveals the tram name Angus Adams after the late chairman of Centro, watched by Vice Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands Colonel George Marsh, left, and Centro Chief Executive Geoff Inskip. (Image: Centro)

Her Majesty The Queen named new Midland Metro CAF Urbos 35 Angus Adams during a visit to Birmingham on 19 November. Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, HM The Queen visited the new Bull Street stop in the city centre, due to welcome trams as part of the Birmingham City Centre Extension on 6 December.

Mr Adams was a former Chairman of local transport authority Centro and a key figure behind the GBP128m Midland Metro extension from Snow Hill to New Street. He passed away in 2012.

Centro Chairman Councillor Roger Lawrence said: ““I am – and I know Angus certainly was – a passionate advocate of public transport and of the Black Country.

“He would be delighted to see this extension which links the route from Wolverhampton and the heartland of the Black Country into the centre of Birmingham and the iconic New Street station.

“I cannot think of a more fitting legacy for a tram to be named in Angus’ honour as he did so much to make this ambition a reality, and this is just the start of what we are certain will be a more far-reaching tram network for the West Midlands.”

Centro Chief Executive Geoff Inskip added: “We have secured further funding which will see GBP1.2bn invested in the Midland Metro network over the next ten years. Important new links in Wolverhampton, to Edgbaston, and to Brierley Hill will be enhanced with passengers being able to get straight to our High Speed 2 rail stations at Curzon Street and the NEC/Airport by 2026.”