The planned Midland Metro has been argued over for decades.
The only section that has ever been build is the 12 and a half mile route from Birmingham to Wolverhampton - if you ever have a burning desire to travel between the two.
You can in fact travel the journey by 'heavy rail' in a much shorter time, so it is really only useful if you are stopping at an intermediate point or are using one of the 'rover' tickets to get around.
The line one itself is very swish, clean and modern, although don't expect a service as consistent and reliable as you on the continent.
The current service is a tram every 8 minutes on Birmingham's only tram service, from Snow Hill Railway Station to Wolverhampton's Bus Station via West Bromwich. This is an above the ground service.
Feb 2003 - An application is about to be made to government to extend the metro line by another 2 miles through the centre of the town via New Street Station and Broad Street. This extension would be constructed between 2005 and 2008 and cost 65 million pounds.
14 June 2003 - The Lord Mayor of Birmingham has suggested a ý3 billion underground Metro extension, to ease the huge bottleneck to the shortage of platforms. This will be combined with the problems of more passengers than the station can cope with as the metro could whisk them away quickly!!!
6.10.03 The route is 12.6 miles long with 23 stops (only 6 in Birmingham) The service now carries 5 million people a year.