Author Archives: Gareth Prior

New safety campaign in Edinburgh

Did you know that one Edinburgh tram equals the weight of nine African Elephants? No, well you do now! As part of a new safety campaign in the Scottish capital pedestrians are being encouraged to “Look out for the tram-pede” … Continue reading

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Improved service for West Midlands Metro on Bank Holiday

Usually when a Bank Holiday arrives most tramways announce how they will be running a Sunday timetable – except for Blackpool where Bank Holidays are just another day! – but that situation has change on West Midlands Metro where it … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Area 3 Supertram rail replacement

The 2018 phase of rail replacement works on Stagecoach Supertram are continuing with work now having moved on to Area 3 which has seen trams suspended on the Purple line between Gleadless Townend and Herdings Park. Stuart Cooke has visited … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Dalian 7-2281

Heading out of Europe for the latest edition of our worldwide tram series as we visit Dalian in China for a view of one of the oldest trams in the fleet.

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New Seaton terminus officially opened

Although it has been welcoming passengers for six weeks the new Seaton Tramway terminus in the town of the same name was officially opened on Saturday 11th August in a special evening ceremony which showcased the flexibility of the new … Continue reading

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36 involved in collision with car

There is currently only one battery fitted tram available for service on West Midlands Metro after 36 was involved in a collision with a car in Wolverhampton on Monday 13th August. 36 now joins 18 on the sidelines whilst it … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 721

Another early 1990s view features in today’s Picture in Time as we are back in Blackpool once again.

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Edinburgh launch challenge for tram safety invention

The City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh Trams have launched a challenge looking for people to create a device which can detect when a tram driver might be about to lose consciousness due to illness and fatigue and notify the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Progress on Wolverhampton City Centre extension

Work to extend the West Midlands Metro at both ends of the current line is currently continuing at a pace. At the Wolverhampton end of the line there is a hive of activity with plenty of tracklaying in progress on … Continue reading

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Pay deal accepted in Sheffield

It has been confirmed that the three year pay deal for Stagecoach Supertram drivers and conductors has been accepted by Unite the union members. This new deal will see a pay increase of 30p per hour in year one, 29p … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

This week we have a further Photo Gallery with the first of a two parter from the Isle of Man:

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Event Review: Isle of Man 50 Group Charters – July 2018

In the first of a two part article David Mee reviews the Isle of Man 50 Group charters which took place immediately before the 2018 Manx Heritage Transport Festival in July.

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Hot weather leads to drop in Metrolink performance

Continuing the up and down trend of performance on Manchester Metrolink the latest figures have shown that both punctuality and reliability are down although both remain around the same mark as they have since KeolisAmey Metrolink started to publicly release … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Oporto 150

Continuing our look at trams from the early days of Summerlee before more local trams were restored for service. This time we take a look at Oporto 150.

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Passenger satisfaction continues to rise on Edinburgh Trams

Passengers travelling on Edinburgh Trams remain highly satisfied with the service on offer according to a new survey conducted by the Institute of Customer Service.

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Trackworks to lead to temporary timetable on NET

We’ve become used to line closures on UK tramways to allow for rail replacement works with the latest system to be affected being Nottingham Express Transit. From Thursday 23rd August until Sunday 2nd September no trams will be able to … Continue reading

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Tender out for more trams for West Midlands Metro

Transport for West Midlands have started the tendering process for additional trams to cover services on the numerous extensions of West Midlands Metro now under construction and planning. They are initially looking for 18 trams with the option for a … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Rostock 682

Today we find ourselves in Germany as we take a look a member of the tram fleet in Rostock.

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No strikes in Manchester after pay deal agreed

The threat of strikes on Manchester Metrolink has been avoided after a deal was reached on a new pay deal for drivers – and for those drivers there can be no denying it is an excellent deal. This is part … Continue reading

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NET Charity tram tour raises funds for Crich and Forever Stars

A charity tram tour back in May which allowed enthusiasts the rare chance to see behind the scenes at Nottingham Express Transit’s Wilkinson Street Depot as well as to cover rare track on the network has raised £1,200 for the … Continue reading

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