What’s New on British Trams Online? 21st February 2021

This week we go back to 2006 for a selection of images taken on Nottingham Express Transit, which at the time had been running for a little over two years. With the trams running in their original fleet livery (plus a few adverts too) we take a look at the network as it was in 2006 between Station Street and Hucknall/Phoenix Park.

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Go-ahead given for new transport interchange in Dudley

A new bus and tram interchange is to be built in Dudley on the site of the current bus station following approval by West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) leaders. The interchange is due to open in 2023 – the same year that trams are due to start running through Dudley as part of the West Midlands Metro extension to Brierley Hill.

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Tram Pub Signs: Tramway Tavern, Chesterfield revisited!

We are heading back to a pub we’ve been to before as there has been an updated sign since we last took a look. If you remember when we previously looked it had a very interesting take on a tram but it is pleasing to report that it is far more tram like – and a tram with a local connection too.

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Still Standing! Wood Green Depot, London

In this instalment of “Still Standing!” we are looking at another old tram depot in London.

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Where would an Edinburgh Trams line from Granton to the south-east go?

We brought you the news earlier this month of the Edinburgh City Mobility Plan which should see transport in the region revolutionised over the next decade, and this included a potential tram line from Granton in the north to the Bio-Quarter (and beyond) in the south-east. In this article we take a more detailed look at the proposals for which the Strategic Business Case (SBC) is due to be submitted by this autumn.

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West Midlands Metro bring forward work to get ready for when restrictions are lifted

Over last weekend there was a suspension of the West Midlands Metro service to allow for some essential maintenance works to take place – and it has now been confirmed these works were brought forward from when originally planned to ensure that when restrictions are eased and lifted the system is ready to carry a greater number of passengers once again.

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Whatever Happened To? Midland Metro 15

Today “Whatever Happened To?” is again taking a look at one of the original Midland Metro T69s.

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In Pictures: Trams return to service in Blackpool

After eight days with no trams as a result of the essential trackworks taking place, a service resumed on the Blackpool Tramway on Monday 22nd February. Currently planned to be running until the end of Saturday 27th February, trams are running between Harrow Place and Cabin only with the no. 1 bus service continuing to run to an enhanced timetable to allow passengers to complete their journeys. Trams are operating every 20 minutes for most of the day (every half hour in the early mornings and evenings).

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Trams &: Blackpool 40, 167 & bus

In this edition of “Trams &” we are at the Crich Tramway Village but the photo has a distinctly Blackpool feel as there are two trams and a bus which all originate from the Fylde Coast.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool & Fleetwood Tramroad bogies

We conclude our look at Works vehicles in Blackpool during the 1970s today but this time we’re not looking at a complete tram or any other vehicle but some old Fleetwood Tramroad bogies which were being used to transport some rails when captured at Thornton Gate.

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Trams in Video: Crich Tramway Village – 50 years of operation

In this edition of “Trams in Video” we once again find ourselves the Crich Tramway Village with a celebration of 50 years of operation. Including footage of both Sheffield 15 in service with Joseph the horse providing the power we also see many of the varied electric trams both running and also stabled around the depots and Great Exhibition Hall.

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In Pictures: Update from Leith Walk

The major construction project to extend Edinburgh Trams from the current city centre terminus at York Place along Leith Walk and then on to Newhaven has been continuing in recent weeks. As with most projects of this type much work goes on where to the layman it would appear holes are just being dug with very little outcome but in some of the worksites now it is the opposite with track continuing to be laid. This latest update shows the scene on Leith Walk during February 2021.

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Lockdown Walks: Stagecoach Supertram 101

Another outing during Lockdown for this latest edition of “Lockdown Walks” and we are again heading out in Sheffield.

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In Picture: Tamper at work in Blackpool

It may be the weekend but that doesn’t mean it’s a day off for the workers involved in the trackwork in Blackpool – far from it as the tamper was out once again being used on both the northbound track from Cleveleys to Fleetwood and then the southbound track. Unfortunately, as with an attempt earlier in the week to use the crossover at Cabin it wasn’t possible for the tram to use the crossover at Thornton Gate and so a road trip was required to transfer it onto the opposite track. This latest photo update shows us a few sights on Saturday 20th February 2021.

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Around the World in Trams: Den Haag 5017

Today we have another look at the trams in Den Haag,

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Progress made on restorations in the north west

Although we remain under Covid restrictions there is still some good progress to be reported on two tram restorations in the north west – one in Blackpool and the other in Birkenhead. Those trams are Blackpool Railcoach 279 and Warrington 28.

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Lockdown Walks: Edinburgh Trams 261

In this edition of “Lockdown Walks” we are again heading north of the border to the only new tramway in Scotland.

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Very Light Rail test track complete

The test track for the Very Light Rail project in Dudley has been completed in a major milestone for the programme, with the first of Coventry VLR prototype vehicles due to be tested later in 2021. The test track is part of the National Innovation Centre which is being supported by the West Midlands Combined Authority as part of their plan to make the region net zero carbon zero in the next 20 years.

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Full length Douglas Bay Horse thrown into doubt again

If this article was in a tabloid newspaper the word again in the headline would probably in capitals as it’s a story which keeps coming around time after time – it appears that the future of the full length Douglas Bay Horse Tramway has again been thrown into doubt. It now seems that permission for funding for the section of tramway between Broadway and the Sea Terminal will have to be sought again as Treasury politicians have decided that before the Department of Infrastructure use part of their pre-agreed heritage railway budget for the purpose it will have to be approved in Tynwald (again).

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Smartphone app launched to showcase rebuild of Gosforth Depot

VolkerFitzpatrick – who have been contracted by Stadler to rebuild the Tyne and Wear Metro depot at Gosforth – have developed a new smartphone app which will be able to keep the local community up-to-date with the £70 million project. It is hoped it will give a better understanding to local residents and businesses of the works taking place at the depot.

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