What’s New on British Trams Online? 28th February 2021

There is a double helping of photos this week as we head back in time to 2003 and 2004 on the Isle of Man as well as taking another look at the current trackworks in Blackpool:

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Trams in Video: Manchester Metrolink 2008-2012

Today we are off to Manchester for footage of the Metrolink system, mainly taken between 2008 and 2012 plus some extra archive film from 2001. All three classes of tram which ran on Metrolink in this period are featured including the T68s, T68As and M5000s. Lines in the city centre and out to Altrincham, Bury, Eccles, St Werburgh’s Road and Oldham are all seen.

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Calls made to Government for continued transport support

Local politicians in the north-east have joined other leaders of City Regions across England in writing to the Government asking for a commitment to extra support for transport – including the Tyne and Wear Metro. As things stand at the moment funding support for the Metro is only in place until 5th April and local leaders are calling for this to be extended as the uncertainty of the Covid restrictions and the gentle easing which will eventually follow means passenger numbers are unlikely to return to anything approaching normal for some time.

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Lockdown Walks: Blackpool Balloon 700

In this edition of “Lockdown Walks” we take a rare look at a more heritage tram as we find ourselves in Blackpool.

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Livery changes in Manchester and West Midlands Metro

The past few weeks and months have seen a few livery changes on both Manchester Metrolink and West Midlands Metro which we haven’t reported on so let’s remedy that in this article!

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Around the World in Trams: Den Haag 3065

“Around the World in Trams” continues today as we are again off to The Netherlands.

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World Cup of Trams launched!

Have you wondered what the best tram stop on a UK tramway is? Or maybe the best livery? What about the most picturesque tram stop? And then there’s the best tram of all? Well, if you have the World Cup of Trams is the competition for you!  With voting starting on a dedicated Twitter account from next week, this light hearted competition will see the UK’s tram and light rail system going against each other throughout March to see which one comes out on top.

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Lockdown Walks: Edinburgh Trams 262

In this “Lockdown Walks” we head back to the Scottish capital once more as we have another view in the city centre.

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Work starts on redevelopment of South Gosforth Depot

Work has started on the £70 million development of South Gosforth Depot on the Tyne and Wear Metro with contractors have started to remove large sections of track and overhead line.

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In Pictures: Trams return to Starr Gate!

No sooner had it been announced that due to the overrunning of the engineering works in Blackpool trams would continue to run between Harrow Place and Cabin for an extra seven days, then trams returned to Starr Gate earlier than originally planned let alone the revised plan!

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Picture in Time: Gateshead 10

We are again taking a look at Beamish’s Tramway for this edition of “Picture in Time”.

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In Pictures: Cabin continues to be northern terminus as Blackpool Tramway works extended

The essential trackworks which have been underway on the Blackpool Tramway since Sunday 14th February will be carrying on for longer than planned due to a “delay in the works”. Normal services will now not resume until Sunday 7th March – one week later than originally planned. As a result the revised service between Harrow Place and Cabin only will continue to run for an additional seven days (it was originally only due to run until Saturday 27th February).

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Trams in Unusual Places: Chesterfield 8 in Nottingham

For the second in the series of “Trams in Unusual Places” we are taking a trip to Nottingham’s Old Market Square. It may not be a unusual to see a tram with Nottingham Express Transit having been running through there since 2004 but a horse tram from another town is not your usual fare!

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Stop by Stop Blackpool Tramway: South Pier

Today we continue our way north on the Blackpool Tramway as “Stop by Stop” reaches the stop at South Pier.

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Go-ahead given for new transport interchange in Dudley

A new bus and tram interchange is to be built in Dudley on the site of the current bus station following approval by West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) leaders. The interchange is due to open in 2023 – the same year that trams are due to start running through Dudley as part of the West Midlands Metro extension to Brierley Hill.

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Tram Pub Signs: Tramway Tavern, Chesterfield revisited!

We are heading back to a pub we’ve been to before as there has been an updated sign since we last took a look. If you remember when we previously looked it had a very interesting take on a tram but it is pleasing to report that it is far more tram like – and a tram with a local connection too.

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Still Standing! Wood Green Depot, London

In this instalment of “Still Standing!” we are looking at another old tram depot in London.

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Where would an Edinburgh Trams line from Granton to the south-east go?

We brought you the news earlier this month of the Edinburgh City Mobility Plan which should see transport in the region revolutionised over the next decade, and this included a potential tram line from Granton in the north to the Bio-Quarter (and beyond) in the south-east. In this article we take a more detailed look at the proposals for which the Strategic Business Case (SBC) is due to be submitted by this autumn.

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West Midlands Metro bring forward work to get ready for when restrictions are lifted

Over last weekend there was a suspension of the West Midlands Metro service to allow for some essential maintenance works to take place – and it has now been confirmed these works were brought forward from when originally planned to ensure that when restrictions are eased and lifted the system is ready to carry a greater number of passengers once again.

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Whatever Happened To? Midland Metro 15

Today “Whatever Happened To?” is again taking a look at one of the original Midland Metro T69s.

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