What’s New on British Trams Online? 5th December 2021

We have one small collection of photos added this week as we return to Crich:

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In Pictures: New pedestrian crossing in Edinburgh

A previously unofficial crossing used by both pedestrians and cyclists close to the Edinburgh Park Station tramstop has become official after work to install all the associated safety features was completed during November.

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In Pictures: Saltburn Cliff Lift

Originally opening in 1884 the Saltburn Cliff Lift is the oldest water balanced funicular which is still operational in Great Britain. It links the town of Saltburn with the only pleasure pier on the whole North East and Yorkshire coast with a journey from top to bottom taking just short of a minute. As with many other cliff lifts in the UK it considers itself a tramway and is known as the Saltburn Cliff Tramway on official literature. It has undergone much renovation over the years the latest of which came in 2017/18 when £400,000 was invested into a major refurbishment. But these photos come before that refurb with Keith Chadbourne paying a visit in August 2014.

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15 Years Apart: Sheffield 74

Its time for another edition of “15 Years Apart” as we return to the Crich Tramway Village to take a look at one of the trams in the collection in both 2006 and 2021.

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Reindeer return to Edinburgh Trams!

After understandably not making an appearance in 2020 – Covid restrictions obviously meant they weren’t allowed into Scotland! – the Edinburgh Trams reindeer are back for the festive season in 2021! The names of all nine of Santa’s reindeer will be seen on the Scottish capital’s trams, including the mock-up at Edinburgh Airport, and the trams will also have antlers too!

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In Pictures: Safety measures continue to go in at Bilston Central

Whilst services on the West Midlands Metro continue to be suspended as a result of the cracks on the trams (the at least four weeks timeframe comes to an end this coming weekend) the chance to undertake other works on the line is being taken. We saw last month that there had been track relaying around Bilston Central and since this was completed further work has been taking place to finish it all off.

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Man dies after being hit by tram at Deansgate-Castlefield

A man has died after he was hit by a tram at Deansgate-Castlefield on the Manchester Metrolink network. The incident happened at approximately 2310 on Sunday 5th December with the man tragically pronounced dead on the scene. Both Greater Manchester Police and the RAIB are investigating the circumstances of the incident.

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15 Years Apart: Blackpool Boat 227/602

In today’s edition of “15 Years Apart” we return to Blackpool as we take a look at a tram which has not only changed livery but also fleet number between 2006 and 2021!

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In Pictures: Metrolink 3134 arrives in Manchester

Manchester Metrolink 3134 has become the latest tram to be delivered to Queen’s Road Depot with it arriving late morning on Saturday 4th December 2021. As with all previous arrivals it made the trip across from Europe via the Rotterdam to Hull ferry before completing its journey by road.

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In Pictures: Let it Snow – Tyne & Wear Metro edition!

Weather wise the end of November’s “highlight” was the high winds of Storm Arwen but at the same time there was also some snowfall in various parts of the UK. One system which was affected was the Tyne and Wear Metro and after repairs were made to various parts of the system it gave the opportunity to capture some images of the network in the snow – and that’s exactly what Trevor Hall did!

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Trams in Video: Edinburgh Trams construction works

In today’s “Trams in Video” we hop aboard a bus in Edinburgh and take a ride along Leith Walk from Foot of the Walk through to York Place on 6th September 2021. As we do we see progress on the construction of the Trams to Newhaven project with plenty of track already down ahead of the line opening in 2023.

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They Ran in 2021: Sunderland 16

Our third returning photo series for December is “They Ran in 2021” (granted this exact series hasn’t run before but its the same premise as “They Ran in 2020”, just that the year has changed!). Over the next month we will take a look at some of the heritage trams across the British Isles which have run over the past year. Its by no means a complete list (and isn’t intended to be) of everything which has run but allows us to celebrate a few of those trams (and if they feature in “15 Years Apart” they don’t feature in this series). We kick it off by heading to Beamish.

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Stop by Stop Nottingham Express Transit: Central – Nottingham Trent University

Its time for another edition of “Stop by Stop” with our journey in the central section of Nottingham Express Transit continuing.

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Another car ends up on the tramway in Blackpool

Monday 29th November saw another car crash through the concrete barriers protecting the tramway in Blackpool – although fortunately there were no injuries reported with the Ambulance service not being requested to attend the incident.

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15 Years Apart: Nottingham Express Transit 208

Today we take another look at a tram in 2006 and 2021 to see what changes – if any! – we can spot. For the first time this year the feature of this image is a modern tram.

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Free bus travel to be funded for under 22s in Scotland from January – Edinburgh Trams to be excluded

There are concerns in Scotland that the introduction of free bus travel for those under 22 from January 2022 will have adverse implications on passenger numbers on both Edinburgh Trams and the Glasgow Subway. In a similar funding package to the concessionary travel scheme, the Scottish Government have confirmed that it covers only buses with it the responsibility of local authorities if they wish to extend to other transport modes.

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Voting now open for Tram of the Year!

After the two weeks nomination period you can now start to vote in the British Trams Online Tram of the Year 2021! We will be looking to crown all four categories: Tram (Traditional), Tram (Modern), Tramway and Event of the Year. Thanks to everyone who took the time to make nominations – and now voting is open! Read on to find out all about the 2021 shortlists!

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In Pictures: Work continues on the expansion of the East Anglia Transport Museum

Out of the limelight in East Anglia the volunteers at the East Anglia Transport Museum have been working hard over the past few months as the major expansion of the museum continues. This will eventually not only see an extended tramway but also a longer trolleybus route and railway line with the recently acquired land being put to good use.

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In Pictures: Blackpool Flexity2 017 fitted with cameras

A bit of news to report from Blackpool on the Flexity2 trams is that 017 (one of the two add-ons to the original fleet of 16 Bombardier built trams) has recently received a set of cameras in the cabs. These were originally fitted to sister tram 018 but with this vehicle still out of service following accident damage earlier this year they have now been moved into 017.

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Around the World in Trams: Melbourne Scrubber Car 8

This edition of “Around the World in Trams” again returns to the Ballarat Tramway Museum to view a preserved works car.

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