Ozzy Osborne makes tracks to Birmingham for tram naming

Ozzy Osborne makes tracks to Birmingham for tram naming

Rock icon Ozzy Osborne is to get star billing in his native Birmingham by having a Midland Metro tram named after him.

The city’s own Prince of Darkness will be in town to meet the tram bearing his name this Thursday 26 May.

The new tram comes during a period of investment to Birmingham’s transport system.

An extension from New Street to Centenary Square via Victoria Square is scheduled for completion in 2019.

The extension is part of a £128m project that has also seen the purchase of a brand new 21-strong fleet of Urbos 3 trams, a refurbished depot at Wednesbury and a new stop at Snow Hill station.

It is expected to boost the West Midlands economy by more than £50m a year and create 1,300 new jobs.

Ozzy Osbourne said: “It’s a great honour to have a new tram named after me, I’m proud to be a Brummie and this means so much.”

The tram-naming ceremony has been organised by Centro, the delivery arm of the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority (ITA).

Trams returned to the streets of Birmingham city centre for the first time in more than 60 years last December when the Metro started running to the new stop in Bull Street.

The previous month saw Her Majesty the Queen visit the stop and name one of the new trams after former Centro chairman Cllr Angus Adams, who died in 2012 and was a key figure in driving through the extension plans.

In April this year, test runs began to New Street from Bull Street.