Author Archives: Gareth Prior

Stop by Stop Blackpool Tramway: Sandhurst Avenue

In this article we continue our way along the Blackpool Tramway with “Stop by Stop” now arriving at Sandhurst Avenue.

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Criticism over Trams to Newhaven pavement designs

Campaigners from Living Streets Edinburgh have criticised the Trams to Newhaven project over what they describe as “hopeless” pavement designs with their width said not to meet the required standard. They claim that there are 11 different sections of pavement … Continue reading

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West Midlands Metro joins Workwise scheme offering free travel to new workers

Anyone resident in the West Midlands who has just gained a new job could benefit from free bus, tram and rail travel to work as part of a new scheme. Workwise has seen Transport for West Midlands team up with … Continue reading

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Over 1.2 million journeys made using Metro’s Pop blue card

Introduced by Nexus in 2018, the Pop Blue smartcard for travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro has proved to be very popular with more than 1.2 million journeys recorded. The idea of the introduction of the card was to … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Trams return to Beamish Town Centre

Since trams returned to service at Beamish on 4th September they have only been able to run to the outskirts of the town with a temporary terminus provided at Town East, but all that has now changed with Wednesday 22nd … Continue reading

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Fewer staff required to self isolate but staff retention and recruitment remain challenge to UK tram operators

“This service has been cancelled because of staff shortages”. Anyone who has attempted to travel on the UK transport network in recent weeks and months probably can’t help but be aware of the challenges all transport operators – whether that … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Amsterdam H9 to the rescue!

As we continue our 1983 views from Amsterdam we feature a tram rescue.

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Wirral Transport Show returns Sunday 3rd October – without operating trams

With the Wirral Heritage Tramway in Birkenhead still unable to operate, the return of what used to be called the Wirral Bus and Tram Show but for 2021 will be known as the Wirral Transport Show will be a bit … Continue reading

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Out and About: Edinburgh Trams from above at the Airport

In this latest edition of “Out and About” we feature Edinburgh Trams as we take an aerial view at the Airport.

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First section of track installed outside Wolverhampton Railway Station

Trams should be running on the West Midlands Metro extension to Wolverhampton Railway Station by the end of the year after the first sections of track were laid outside the station – the final section which needs to be completed … Continue reading

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In Preview: Blackpool Anniversary Weekend – 25th and 26th September

As we’ve reported previously the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September will see a special Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours event take place including the return of hop-on/hop-off tours for the first time since March 2020. There are also … Continue reading

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More Luas Green line engineering works: 2nd and 3rd October 2021

There will be further engineering works on Dublin’s Luas Green Line over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd October 2021 with the section between St Stephen’s Green and Beechwood closed throughout.

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Picture in Time: Luas 4012

We head across the Irish Sea to Dublin for the next few editions of our modern tram themed “Picture in Time” series with the Luas system featuring.

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In Pictures: First working party to Metrolink 1023 at Crewe

Back just as the first lockdown was being introduced in March 2020 Manchester Metrolink 1023 was transferred from storage at Metrolink’s Trafford Depot to the Crewe Heritage Centre where it was planned to be the very first modern UK tram … Continue reading

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Plans for four more West Midlands Metro extensions unveiled

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) have approved bids to the Government’s City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) fund and Bus Service Improvement Plan fund at a recent board meeting which could see up to four new West Midlands Metro … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Progress slows at Wilko’s in Blackpool

It may have been a few weeks since we had our last update from tram construction works at the former Wilko’s store site in Blackpool but that’s mainly because progress has somewhat slowed in laying the tracks and fixing them … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Rails continue to go down in Corporation Street

The past week has seen further progress on the track relaying project in Birmingham City Centre with rails continuing to be laid along Corporation Street ahead of a planned reopening of the line to Library in the next month or … Continue reading

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What’s New on British Trams Online? 22nd September 2021

We have a bumper Photo Gallery for you this week as we feature images from Crich’s Tram Day at the weekend:

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Workshop takes centre stage at Crich’s Tram Day

It was the return of the main enthusiast event of the year at the Crich Tramway Village on Saturday 18th September with a one day spectacular to showcase the operational fleet and for some rare photographic opportunities. During this year’s … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Reserved area for conductors on Supertram reduced

Last year as one of the measures to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus and to provide on-board conductors to have an area away from passengers one end of the trams on the Stagecoach Supertram network was cordoned off to … Continue reading

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