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Nottingham opens, Sheffield reopens and Manchester follows

Its been a week for the modern tram systems this week with key milestones for Nottingham Express Transit, Stagecoach Supertram and Manchester Metrolink.

As predicted in these notes last week the opening of the Phase Two extensions of Nottingham Express Transit was imminent and as expected it was very short notice! It was around about 1530 on Monday 24th August that the official press release was revealed to say that the lines to Toton Lane and Clifton South would be opening from the start of service the following day! With slightly lower crowds than you would expect on a first day 230 and 231 started a new era in public transport and with the service now three days old it seems it has quickly settled into operating a good service with very few reports of delays. Long may this continue and hopefully in the not too distant future we may be celebrating more extensions.

Not quite as important, although still noteworthy, is the two reopenings this week with Stagecoach Supertram now operating a full service again following the conclusion of trackworks whilst on Manchester Metrolink trams will again be running through St Peter's Square - with a reduced service on a single track rather than the full service though - from Friday 28th August.

And why am I waffling about all this again rather than telling you what is on British Trams Online this week? Well that would be because again there isn't enough hours in a week to get any photos sorted for uploading! But don't worry soon we will have lots of photos including some from the opening of Nottingham Express Transit Phase Two and much, much more!

Gareth - 27th August 2015

Picture of the Week: Nottingham Express Transit 233

On the first day of services on the new Nottingham Express Transit extensions we find Citadis 233 at the Toton Lane terminus. The tram is waiting on platform A to depart with a service to Hucknall in sunny skies.
Photograph by Bob Hodges

Upcoming Events Saturday 29th to Monday 31st August: Heritage Tram Tours - Blackpool Tramway (Green timetable 29th, Gold timetable 30th & 31st)
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st August: Bank Holiday Fun Fair - Crich Tramway Village
Monday 31st August: Driver's Eye Experience - Seaton Tramway
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th September: Trams, Traffic and Works Vehicles - Crich Tramway Village
Saturday 5th September: Explore Seaton Branch Line Tour - Seaton Tramway
Sunday 6th September: Trans Lancs Transport Show - Heaton Park Tramway
Sunday 6th September: Driver's Eye Experience - Seaton Tramway

Further details can be found on the Events Diary.

This page was last updated on Thursday 27th August 2015

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