Buses have made a welcome return to Broad Street for the first time in three years.
The passenger vehicles this week began a series of test runs along Broad Street in readiness for the Midland Metro commencing tram services on the major city centre thoroughfare.
Buses stopped operating on Broad Street in 2019 to make way for the start of construction work on the Metro extension between Centenary Square and Edgbaston.
Diversions were introduced which have been affecting local bus services and passengers for the last three years.
However, today saw the start of tests on Broad Street involving National Express buses, with further testing due to be carried out over the coming days.
It is understood that the purpose of the tests is to see how the buses will operate alongside trams once the Midland Metro is fully operational along Broad Street.
This is likely to include how the vehicles can turn into their bus stops.
Tram testing has already been taking place from Centenary Square to Hagley Road ahead of the Metro extension to Edgbaston.
Metro services currently remain suspended following the discovery of a number of cracked body panels on trams.
The service was halted at the end of March to enable a detailed assessment of the tram fleet.
It is due to resume at the end of May.