What’s New on British Trams Online? 16th January 2022

We have photos from the Stagecoach Supertram system taken in November 2021 as part of this week’s main site update:

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In Pictures: Signs of the new fares in Blackpool

Earlier this month we brought you the news that fares across the Blackpool Transport network would be increasing as from Sunday 16th January and now as part of the publicity campaign to let would be passengers know small signs have been added to the cabs of the Flexity2 trams operating the core service. Two are applied to the tram – one on each side.

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Later last trams for NET as Sunday timetable continues

With continued staff shortages on Nottingham Express Transit the tram network continues to be running to Sunday frequencies until further notice. But as from Monday 17th January the hours of service Monday to Saturday have been extended with later last trams now due to run.

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Trams in Video: Blackpool Trams August 2021

This edition of “Trams in Video” is heading back to the Fylde Coast as we view the trams (old and new) in Blackpool. With un-summer like weather, we start off at Starr Gate with the Flexity2 trams before spreading our wings a little elsewhere on the tramway where we also see some of the heritage trams in service.

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Stop by Stop Nottingham Express Transit: Central – Beaconsfield Street

Its “Stop by Stop” again as our journey in the central section of Nottingham Express Transit goes on.

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Light rail operators enjoy dialogue with DfT

Over the years it has often been said that the Department for Transport haven’t been engaging with tram and light rail operators but all that looks set to change after a senior civil servant from the DfT attended a meeting organised by UKTram.

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Out and About: Another trip to Edinburgh

In this latest edition of “Out and About” we are again in Edinburgh City Centre as we take a look at a tram departing a tramstop which doesn’t have much longer left before it closes.

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Nottinghamshire County Council to consult on free concessionary travel scheme on NET

Ever since the Labour government of the time announced a free bus concessionary travel scheme across England in the early 21st century there has been one major flaw in that it did exactly as it said on the tin – with central government funding to reimburse bus operators only with tram and light rail not included. This has led to an inconsistent application across the country – the situation in Blackpool in particular has been well reported over the years – with it down to local authorities having to provide funding out of their own budgets. And now with Council budgets being tightened Nottinghamshire County Council are proposing removing funding for free tram travel on Nottingham Express Transit.

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Around the World in Trams: Kolkata 257

From Australia to India for the next set of photos from overseas as “Around the World in Trams” continues.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition returns to the Seaton Tramway

Starting on 11th February, the Seaton Tramway will be host again of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum, for two months with the chance to see some stunning images taken of wildlife across the world. Costing £5 entrance fee (for adults, children are free), the exhibition will be located at the new Seaton terminus between 11th February and 8th April 2022.

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Out and About: November trams in Sheffield

“Out and About” takes a trip in November to Sheffield for this edition.

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Trams to return to Library by end of January!

It’s the news we’ve been waiting for. West Midlands Metro services will run between Bull Street and Library again by the end of January – which will be a full six months since passengers could last travel on that section. Or at least that’s the hope as it is still dependent on tram availability.

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Tyne & Wear Metro fare changes on the way

The latest system to announce revised fares for 2022 is the Tyne and Wear Metro with Nexus confirming that the new fares will be in place from 1st April 2022. Whilst making a point that adult fares using Pop Pay As You Go will not be rising at this time there are, however, increases for standard season tickets and other fares purchased from ticket machines as the Metro attempts to meet running costs as it faces ongoing financial challenges due to the Covid-19 impact.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Centenary 644 & 643

We make a return to Blackpool in 2010 as “Picture in Time” continues.

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In Pictures: 45 enters service on West Midlands Metro

45 has become the fifth of the new Urbos 100 trams to enter service on the West Midlands Metro – being used in service for the first time on Thursday 13th January 2022. 45 follows on from 38, 39, 40 and 42 which all entered service during December.

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The rosettes of Darwen

In September 2020 one of our “Still Standing” series of articles featured some rosettes in Darwen Town Centre and this attracted the interest of former Darwen resident, Glenn Taylor, who set about doing some research to see if there were any others which were still on the side of some of the buildings in the area.

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In Pictures: Work continues on the Birmingham Eastside extension

After the flurry of activity during the second half of 2021 – mainly to install the junction with the existing city centre line at Bull Street/Corporation Street – we’ve been a bit quiet on the construction works in connection with West Midlands Metro’s Birmingham Eastside extension but there has been some work continuing as we see in this latest progress update from the camera of Ken Jones.

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Edinburgh Trams driver receives “Tramtastic” award for preventing antisocial behaviour

Richard Anderson, tram driver for Edinburgh Trams, has been recognised for his outstanding customer service skills in the company’s internal “You are Tramtastic” award scheme. He was praised for helping a colleague deal with a group of youngsters who were behaving antisocially on a tram, remaining calm throughout and staying onboard until the youths dispersed.

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Out and About: In central Edinburgh

“Out and About” is back today with another photo taken recently on a UK tramway – this time its Edinburgh.

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Sheffield 264 tops the tram mileage charts at Beamish again

Whilst 2021 was once again anything but a normal year for the Beamish Tramway (or let’s be honest the world!), the trams did run for around a quarter of the year (starting from the beginning of September through until the end of the year) and still managed to clock up the mileage during that period. For the second year running the figures showed that Sheffield 264 was the hardest working tram accounting for almost 50% of the nearly 4,000 miles covered by the fleet at the museum.

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