What’s New on British Trams Online? 18th February 2024

Its a nostalgic weekend for photos as we go back to 2006 and view of Blackpool’s Balloon Cars:

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Over £20 million to be invested in Metrolink improvements

The Bee Network Committee has approved £21.4 million worth of funding to be invested into improving the Manchester Metrolink network. The cash – which comes from the government’s City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) – will help to ensure that the network continues to keep on delivering safe, reliable and accessible services for millions more people in the future.

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Around the World in Trams: Bendigo 918

For the last time we go to Bendigo in “Around the World in Trams”.

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In Pictures: Continued progress in Dudley

The West Midlands Metro network is set to be further expanded later this year (yes, we know there is still a lot of work to do and it seems unlikely based on past experience it will be this year but the official word remains late 2024) when the first phase of the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill extension opens as far as Flood Street in Dudley. In this latest pictorial update of progress we are in Dudley to see track going down.

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Luas Engineering Works: 2nd and 3rd March 2024

Red line Luas services will be running to a revised timetable over the weekend of Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March with essential engineering works due to take place.

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Passenger numbers up on Edinburgh Trams

In hardly surprising news (tram extension opens and more passengers travel on trams) Edinburgh Trams have announced record breaking passenger numbers on the system. Passenger numbers have more than doubled since the 3 mile extension to Newhaven opened in June 2023 but its not just good news following this opening as numbers had already started to go up before this date.

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Full service resumes on Supertram

A full service returned to the Stagecoach Supertram network as from the start of service on Friday 23rd February. This came after completion of repairs to the broken rail at Manor Top which had been impacting services on both the Blue and Purple routes since 13th February 2024.

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Picture in Time: San Francisco 1326

Another instalment of “Picture in Time” and its another image taken in the UK but of a tram from overseas.

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More West Midlands Metro tram moves!

It does get a bit repetitive with all these tram moves on the West Midlands Metro but there has been another one to report – this time its one heading back to Wednesbury as 29 is back at the depot once more.

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First details announced of Supertram ticket changes post Stagecoach era

As has been known since last year, this March will see the Stagecoach era of operation on the South Yorkshire Supertram network come to an end with the South Yorkshire Combined Authority setting up a new company for this purpose. More details of what the change will mean have now been revealed with a number of previous tram ticket options no longer being available.

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Centralised learning platform set to provide revolution in light rail training

The management of training and development on UK tramways is set to be transformed with the launch of an ambitious sector-wide initiative. The Light Rail Safety and Standards Board are leading the project which is aiming to revolutionise learning across the sector and includes the development of an online resource that networks can use to plan and maintain their own training programmes.

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In Pictures: A look around Blackpool North Station terminus

The wait goes on for trams to run up Talbot Road on the Blackpool Tramway extension to North Station with no official word coming out of the Council as to just when it may open. As we’ve reported many times before its all been dependent on the completion of the Holiday Inn which looms large over the tram terminus and with that set to welcome its first guests in spring 2024 its hoped that trams won’t be far off. In this update we take a look at the current scene with signage and barriers in place.

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Manchester Metrolink Engineering Works: Sunday 25th February 2024

There will be no trams running through Victoria on Sunday 25th February to allow for further engineering works to take place in connection with the broken rail discovered last month.

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Nexus charity walk raises money for Great North Air Ambulance

Nexus workers have helped to raise £1,800 for the Great North Air Ambulance after a charity walk held in memory of a much-loved colleague. Wayne Monaghan worked for Nexus as a Track Inspection and Testing Production Supervisor and passed away aged 53 in July 2023.

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In Pictures: Another tram heads off to Worksop

And so it continues – West Midlands Metro trams going for a ride on the back of a low loader. The latest tram to be moved is 28 which has become the latest to head off to Worksop for temporary storage with the move taking place on Sunday 18th February 2024.

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Blackpool Transport to host recruitment day for seasonal tram conductors

As Blackpool Transport gets ready for another peak season, they are set to host a recruitment day for seasonal tram conductors which is due to take place at Starr Gate Depot on Friday 1st March between 0900 and 1700.

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In Pictures: Broken rail and the revised Metrolink services

There have been service revisions on Manchester Metrolink ever since Tuesday 16th January after the discovery of a broken rail at Victoria with the latest change being introduced from Monday 12th February to try and solve reliability issues through the city centre. In this article we take a look at the revised service in operation as well as a view of the affected section of tramway. Photos are from Keith Chadbourne.

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Out and About: Edinburgh Trams on the Newhaven extension – December 2023

Today “Out and About” takes a look at a tram in action on the Edinburgh Trams Newhaven extension.

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Stop by Stop London Trams: Beckenham Junction & Elmers End lines – Avenue Road

On we go with our journey on the Beckenham Junction & Elmers End lines on the London Trams system.

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Further details announced for West Midlands Metro closures

As was reported a few weeks ago there will be changes to services on the West Midlands Metro from March. This will allow both the Dudley extension to be connected to the Birmingham-Wolverhampton line and Sandwell Council to undertake work on a bridge. The main closure will be from 23rd March to 9th April but there will also be evening closures for a further six weeks after this.

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Take the Kids for Free Metro price promise nears 1 million journeys

Introduced in summer 2021, the Take the Kids for Free price promise on the Tyne and Wear Metro has continued to give affordable transport options to families and it has been confirmed that in this period almost one million journeys. The offer allow up to three children under the age of 12 to travel with a fare paying adult, allowing families to travel cheaper across the region.

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