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This week we have photos from the archive again and this time we head across to the Isle of Man in 2001 and 2002:

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Stop by Stop Nottingham Express Transit: Clifton South line – Wilford Lane

Onward we go towards Clifton South as we take another look at one of the stops on that line of Nottingham Express Transit.

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The wait goes on for a report from the Edinburgh Trams Inquiry as costs confirmed as being over £11 million

When the Edinburgh Trams Inquiry was set-up by then First Minister, Alex Salmond, in 2014 it was hoped that it would be a quick and comprehensive report into just what went wrong during the construction of what is now the first phase of the tramway. But now six years later, and despite the last public evidence sessions being two years ago, there has been no report and local media reports in Edinburgh have now revealed that it has cost £11.3 million – with presumably extra costs still to be added, depending on how long it takes for the report to be produced.

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Overhead line problems cause problems on Metrolink

An overhead line fault at Chorlton as caused disruption for Metrolink services on Wednesday 25th November with replacement buses having to be used to ferry passengers around the affected area. The fault was first reported around 0900 with engineers sent to the scene to inspect and repair the damage but the severity of the damage meant that there was severe disruption for both the East Didsbury and Airport lines.

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Still Standing! Liverpool Corporation Tramways track

Its more a case of “Still Stood but don’t anymore” this week as the feature of this article was in place a couple of months ago but has since been removed! Here we see some track from Liverpool Corporation Tramways which was still there and wasn’t even hidden by the road surface!

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In Pictures: Blackpool Wilko’s demolition update

In this the latest of our weekly updates on the demolition of Wilko’s in Blackpool (you know the one which was in the way of the completion of the Blackpool North Railway Station tramway extension) we again take a look to see what progress has been made in the past week. As with last week progress continues to slow with only a limited amount of the remaining structure having been removed during the past seven days or so. Work is due to b completed on the demolition by the end of the year before attention can be turned to the creation side of the project. Tony Armitage provides the below photos.

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Tram-Train pilot comes to an end as other local authorities seek to create their own

When the Tram-Train pilot between Sheffield and Rotherham was conceived it was always due to be a two year pilot but with that period now up (it having launched in October 2018) it has been confirmed – as if confirmation was needed as the amount of investment involved in the scheme was unlikely to see it abandoned after a couple of years – that the service will continue to operate. Various local and national transport officials have also come out to say how much a success it has been and that it is planned to be a blueprint for other areas with over ten local authorities said to be interested as South Yorkshire also looks for further lines.

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Whatever Happened To? Midland Metro 02

It’s the second instalment of this series looking at what happened to the Midland Metro T69s.

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Revised Final Business Case approved as Trams to Newhaven project continues

Over the past few weeks we have seen the first tracks being laid on the Trams to Newhaven project ahead of the first trams running in 2023 and it has now been confirmed that the revised Final Business Case (which takes into account the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic) has been approved by Councillors which means its full steam ahead for the project! To mark the joint occasion Council leaders recently visited the site for an excellent PR opportunity to show how the project is progressing despite some delays caused by the pandemic.

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More old tram tracks found – Stoke this time!

We’ve seen old tram tracks rediscovered in places such as Leeds, Liverpool and Southend during 2020 and you can now add Stoke-on-Trent to that list! Reported extensively in the local press last month the tracks have been found under the road in the Tunstall area of the city during some resurfacing work.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Boat 602

As we continue our look at archive Blackpool tram images as part of “Picture in Time” we now move on to 1993.

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Trams in Video: Trams in Valencia

We head across to Spain for this latest look at “Trams in Video” with footage from the trams in Valencia. Included are trams on routes 4, 5 and 6 with Bombardier Flexity Outlook trams running on all lines plus Duewag designed, CAF built single ended trams on route 4. This footage is taken from the DVD “The Trams and Light Railways of Alicante and Valencia”.

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Metro fares review delayed

The annual fares review for travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro has been delayed with new fares now being introduced from the start of April 2021 instead of the usual January. The delay has been agreed to allow Nexus to develop and agree a Recovery Plan with the Department for Transport which is set to include an agreed approach to future fare changes.

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FTT trams continue to progress towards a return to service

Two of the Fylde Transport Trust’s have continued to make steps towards a return to service in recent weeks with work having taken place on both Railcoach 279 at Brinwell Road and Coronation 304 at Rigby Road.

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First test train arrives at temporary Metro depot

The first train has entered the Tyne and Wear Metro’s new temporary depot at Howdon on test as preparations for its opening continue at a pace. The depot – on the site of an old landfill site – has been built to allow for the cleaning of preparation for up to a quarter of the Metro fleet while the main depot at South Gosforth undergoes rebuilding ready for the new train fleet.

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Around the World in Trams: Berlin 2003

We move on this week to Germany and Berlin where for the next few weeks we will be taking a look at the trams running over several years between 2016 and 2019.

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Lift replacement to start at The Hawthorns

The lifts at The Hawthorns Railway Station are to be replaced in a three month project which will see both railway station and tram stop having no step free access between 1st December 2020 and 15th March 2021. The lifts haven’t been replaced since the opening of the station in 1995 and now is the time for this to happen to improve their reliability to all public transport users.

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Punctuality up, reliability down on Metrolink

The latest performance report for Manchester Metrolink has been released and as the headline says it shows that punctuality has gone up whilst reliability has fallen. But in both cases they are big changes with Metrolink continuing to perform at a fairly stable level throughout 2020.

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Local Conservatives back plans for revitalisation of Volk’s Electric Railway

Local Conservative Councillors have pledged to back plans which could revitalise the Volk’s Electric Railway and make it a key part of the tourist offering in Brighton and Hove. The Volk’s Electric Railway Association have come up with a plan with five proposals which they hope would rejuvenate the railway and would include a short extension at the Black Rock end of the line.

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Tyne and Wear Metro performance remains constant again

The latest performance statistics of the Tyne and Wear Metro have been released on posters at stations and show that it is exactly as it was in the previous 4 week period!

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