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This week on British Trams Online

No surprises as to what the main news is this week - the approval of extending Edinburgh Trams along Leith Walk to Newhaven. After a very lengthy debate in a full council meeting the final meeting saw 36 of 62 councillors in favour of the Trams to Newhaven project. The next six months will now see final negotiations between contractors and the council before construction will start in earnest ahead of an opening in 2023.

You can't ignore the fact that this is a controversial decision for many in the region with the issues of the first construction period still in clear in the minds but the decision has now been made and it is up to the council to ensure this time around it all goes according to plan and within budget. The consequences of more problems on this 2.8 mile extension would probably mean the end of more extensions possibly not only in Edinburgh but also elsewhere in Scotland. But for now we look forward to seeing the project progress and we will see you at Newhaven in 2023!

Away from the news this week we include a gallery of images from West Midlands Metro. These images show the eight battery fitted trams over the past few months in their various different liveries.

We will be back very soon with more the trams of the British Isles!

Gareth - 17th March 2019

Picture of the Week: West Midlands Metro 21

The first commercial full advert on the West Midlands Metro was for Just Eat with the company taking on contracts on two trams - the first of which was on 21. The advert and tram is seen at dusk on 19th February 2019 at West Bromwich Central as it heads a service towards Grand Central, Birmingham.
Photograph by Andy Walters

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