Second of latest batch of trams for Luas enters service

The second of the seven longer 55 metre Alstom Citadis trams delivered to Dublin in late 2017 has now entered service. The tram was first used on Tuesday 20th February and, as with the first tram which entered service earlier in the month, is being used for morning peak services in order to boost capacity on the Green line. The remaining five trams will enter service over the next few months.

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Award for defibrillator installation on Edinburgh Trams

Edinburgh Trams’ scheme to install defibrillators on all trams has been recognised at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Awards. Edinburgh became one of the first UK tram systems to have complete coverage of their trams thanks to a pioneering partnership with St John Scotland in 2017, who are also continuing to ensure there is coverage at other key locations in the city as well.

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In Pictures: New destination on Supertram

Following the introduction of the new timetable on Stagecoach Supertram on 28th January a number of trams now return to depot during the day as the frequency drops to every 12 minutes. Those trams which return to depot now show Cricket Inn Road as their destination and remain in service until this stop before heading into the depot. Stuart Cooke with the photos.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 713

In this instalment of Picture in Time we are back on the Fylde Coast with an image of one of Blackpool’s iconic Balloon Cars as it operates on the streets of Fleetwood.

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Two T69s survive but remainder to be scrapped

Two of the 15 Midland Metro T69s which were offered for sale by auction earlier this year are to survive with one being donated to Birmingham Museum. But for the remainder it has been confirmed that it will be the end of the line with a one way trip to the scrapman imminent.

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Woman suffers severe injuries after being hit by a tram

A 72 year old woman was taken to hospital with serious head injuries after she was hit by a tram at Cleveleys on Tuesday 20th February shortly before midday. The woman was believed to be crossing the tram tracks at Victoria Square in Cleveleys when she was hit by the tram but the exact circumstances surrounding this happening are currently unclear. A full investigation is ongoing. Trams were suspended north of Little Bispham for over three hours whilst the emergency services dealt with the incident with the woman being taken to Royal Preston Hospital by air ambulance.

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Major delays for Metrolink after overhead problems

What is it about Mondays? For the second week in a row there were delays on Manchester Metrolink and this time they can definitely be put into the major category with overhead problems at both Deansgate-Castlefield and Radcliffe leading to services being suspended and altered. The severity of the problems were such that the Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham demanded a meeting as to just what went wrong.

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Goodbye LTT – Hello FTT!

Once a major player in the UK tramway preservation scene but seldom mentioned here in the last few years, the Lancastrian Transport Trust has been re-branded as the Fylde Transport Trust – a new name to apparently better reflect the organisation’s current aims and future goals.

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Around the World in Trams: Bratislava 7102

Moving back into Europe for this week’s image from overseas as we visit Bratislava the capital city of Slovakia.

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DLR services suspended to Woolwich Arsenal after discovery of unexploded bomb

The discovery of an unexploded World War II bomb close to London City Airport at George V dock saw major disruption to not only flights from the airport but also Docklands Light Railway services. The bomb was discovered at 2200 on Sunday 11th February which saw the DLR suspended between Pontoon Dock and Woolwich Arsenal both that evening and throughout Monday 12th February. Normal services resumed on Tuesday 13th February.

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Douglas Prom redevelopment gets planning approval

The redevelopment of Douglas Promenade is set to go-ahead following planning approval given this week. Subject to any late appeals this should mean that work will be able to get underway this September with the project completed in three years. Of course for the Douglas Bay Horse Tramway this will see a double track tramway retained between Derby Castle and just north of Broadway junction and then a new single line provided from there to the Sea Terminal on the seaward side of the road.

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Metrolink disruption after two incidents in a day

Monday 12th February saw two incidents cause disruption on Manchester Metrolink. Both a collision on the Ashton-under-Lyne involving a car and a tram and a pedestrian being hit by a tram in the city centre saw tram services disrupted.

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This week on British Trams Online

One further Photo Gallery has been added to the main site this week:

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Passengers satisfied with Luas

A new survey conducted on behalf of the National Transport Authority has shown that Ireland’s only tram system, Luas, had the most satisfied passengers in the country with 98% of those surveyed saying they were satisfied with the service.

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Picture in Time: Luas 3018

Our modern image from the archives today comes from the Irish capital with a photo taken in 2007 on Luas.

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Snaefell Mountain Railway on track for reopening on schedule?

The continuing saga of whether the Snaefell Mountain Railway will be able to resume operation from the end of March has taken another turn with a report in the Railway Herald seeming to confirm that despite claims to the contrary in the local press it will be all systems go after all. No official mention has still to be made of the prohibition notice with Ian Longworth telling the Railway Herald that it will be back to normal with the current primary and secondary braking systems.

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Car 6 returns to Volks Electric Railway

The second of three Volks Electric Railway cars which were sent away to Alan Keef Ltd in Ross on Wye has returned to Brighton. No. 6 made the trip back to the Sussex coast arriving on 14th February 2018.

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Citylink trams withdrawn from service

All of the Citylink Tram-Trains on Stagecoach Supertram have been temporarily withdrawn from service “due to a problem near Shalesmoor” on Friday 16th February. The exact nature of the problem has not been revealed by Stagecoach Supertram bosses but is evidently concerning enough to necessitate the complete withdrawal of all seven vehicles from service with immediate effect.

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New London Tramlink timetable to start on Sunday 25th February

It has been confirmed that the new London Tramlink timetable will start operation from Sunday 25th February – the third revised timetable on a UK tramway in under a month. This new timetable is being introduced to “provide a more regular service with even spacing between trams, reducing passenger crowding”.

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Bits & bobs from Blackpool

There hasn’t been a huge amount of news from the Blackpool tram fleet so far this year on the site, so to correct this here is a round-up of recent developments which may not all warrant individual news stories, but nonetheless deserve a mention.

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