Author Archives: Gareth Prior

In Pictures: New advert for Metrolink 3066

Manchester Metrolink M5000 3066 has received a new advert livery with a pleasing on the eye design for the Clean Air Greater Manchester campaign. Featuring a sky blue base the colour seems to go nicely with the standard fleet livery … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Edinburgh Trams get 5G – on an advert anyway

With Manchester Metrolink being the tramway of Vodafone (four trams in full vinyl wraps) it would appear that Edinburgh Trams is the tramway of EE with a new advert for that company’s 5G network now adorning 267. However, whilst Vodafone … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

There are a duo of new Photo Galleries for you this week:

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In Pictures: Latest on Supertram rail replacement project

Work on Area Two of this year’s rail replacement project on Stagecoach Supertram is now well underway with the current worksite now being on the outbound track from Bamforth Street stop to Burnaby Street. This is a longer section that … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Luas Citadis 301 interior

We remain in Dublin again for this week’s modern tram archive image – this time though we don’t look outside a tram but rather feature the interior.

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Metro line closure ahead as part of final preparations for new South Shields Interchange

The Tyne and Wear Metro is currently enjoying a high level of investment with existing infrastructure being upgraded, new trains on the way over the next few years whilst a £21 million project at South Shields will see a new … Continue reading

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Investigation launched into Metrolink near miss

The RAIB have announced that they are investigating an incident on Manchester Metrolink which saw a tram pass a signal showing a stop aspect at Deansgate-Castlefield in front of another tram which had been given permission to proceed. Thanks to … Continue reading

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Halfway there! Birmingham Westside extension continues to progress

Half of the track for the first phase of the Birmingham Westside extension is now in place as progress towards its opening at the end of 2019 continues. The first pieces of track along Paradise Circus are now in place … Continue reading

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Minor collision in Nottingham

Nottingham Express Transit services were disrupted on Tuesday 11th June after a minor collision between an Incentro tram and a Range Rover. The collision occurred on Goldsmith Street between the stops at Nottingham Trent University and Royal Centre. NET described … Continue reading

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Luas launch new safety campaign

2019 marks the fifteenth anniversary of Dublin’s Luas light rail system – with service starting on the last day of June 2004 – and despite the fact that other road users should by now be used to the trams running … Continue reading

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In Pictures: New platform at Crumpsall starts to receive track

Crumpsall may seem some distance from the new Trafford Park extension of Manchester Metrolink but with trams from the Trafford Centre set to run via Manchester City Centre to this stop on the Bury line it is very much at … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Trams in action at Summerlee

The only operating heritage tramway in Scotland is of course the short line at Summerlee in Coatbridge near Glasgow. With three operating trams plus Glasgow 1245 under restoration there is plenty to keep a tram enthusiasts interest at the museum … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool 49, Blackpool 607 & Blackpool 710

We return to Crich for the next few weeks of the Traditional Tram Picture in Time series, starting in 1985 including a couple of loan trams.

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In Pictures: 26 returns to service on West Midlands Metro

Well that didn’t take long! Just a week after testing started West Midlands Metro Urbos3 26 returned to service on Wednesday 12th June 2019 – the best part of two years since it had last turned a wheel in revenue … Continue reading

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CAF chosen to supply new fleet for the DLR

A fleet of 43 new walkthrough trains on the Docklands Light Railway will be built by CAF following the awarding of a contract by Transport for London. These new trains will replace 33 of the oldest trains currently running on … Continue reading

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Tree halts West Midlands Metro services

It may not have escaped your notice but the weather over the past few days (even weeks!) is decidedly un-June like with very wet and windy conditions across much of the UK (just ask the cricketers trying to compete in … Continue reading

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Open Day to see progress on Brighton 53

Around the country there are various groups restoring trams which remain off the radar as they aren’t such high profile of those projects ongoing at the main heritage tramways we regularly report on. One such tram is Brighton 53 – … Continue reading

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Reliability on the up for NET

Some pleasing news to report from Nottingham Express Transit – the service has just published its highest reliability for three years. Statistics for the period between February and April 2019 have shown 95.9% punctuality and 98.8% reliability; it was during … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Brush 630 & 631

Completing our little look at the last year of the traditional tramway in Blackpool, today we view two of the Brush Cars which ran that year, both of which were in advertising liveries.

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Passenger numbers and revenue growth on Edinburgh Trams confirmed

The continued success of the tram line in Edinburgh between York Place in the city centre and the Airport has once again been shown with both revenue and passenger numbers continuing to grow. The figures for 2018 have shown that … Continue reading

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