Category Archives: Midland Metro

More batteries now being fitted on Midland Metro

The third Urbos3 tram to be fitted with batteries is 36, which is currently having the work completed on site at Wednesbury Depot. Eventually all of the trams will be fitted in preparation for future sections of the network which … Continue reading

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Awards for Midland Metro Alliance

The Midland Metro Alliance have recently one two awards at the prestigious Institution of Civil Engineers West Midlands Awards, including one for the track relaying project along Bilston Road in Wolverhampton.

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Picture in Time: Midland Metro 16

Midland Metro is the subject of this latest delve into the recent archives of photos with the last built – and last to remain on Midland Metro metals – T69 viewed today.

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In Pictures: Flood under Midland Metro

A burst water main in Wednesbury saw new photographic opportunities on Midland Metro with it appearing for a time that trams were running over a river when in fact it just a road with up to 3 metres of water! … Continue reading

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T69s start to head for scrap

We’ve known it was happening since the results of the e-auction were announced earlier this year but the movement of the ex-Midland Metro T69s for scrap has started. 13 of the 16 strong class of trams have been sold to … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Batteries fully charged – 18 enters service!

Friday 20th April was a momentous day on Midland Metro as the very first battery operated tram ran in passenger service following the successful completion of testing and driver training. 18 was used in passenger service throughout the day and … Continue reading

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More batteries now included on Midland Metro

Following on from the installation of batteries on Urbos3 18 the remainder of the Midland Metro tram fleet is now to be so fitted, although unlike 18 it won’t be necessary for them to be returned to Spain with the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Works starts in earnest on Wolverhampton extension

As we’ve mentioned before the next phase of work to extend Midland Metro is now underway in Wolverhampton City Centre with roads now closed and bus services diverted to allow the work to take place. In this pictorial update we … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Midland Metro 18 under attention

The entry into service of battery operated Urbos3 18 is still awaited with driver training having been taking place recently. During a pause in this – and the continued testing/commissioned ahead of its first passenger use – the tram was … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Wolverhampton extension works commence

Work is now starting on extending Midland Metro at both ends of the current line with the commencement of road closures and diversions at Wolverhampton to allow the first construction works to take place. Bus services were diverted from Sunday … Continue reading

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Tram passengers across England continue to be satisfied

It seems that it doesn’t take long for another survey of passenger satisfaction to come along with the latest results of the Transport Focus survey showing a continued high rating on five tramways: Blackpool Tramway, Manchester Metrolink, Midland Metro, Nottingham … Continue reading

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Urbos3 26 returns to Wednesbury

Back on 20th and 21st September 2017 Midland Metro’s CAF built Urbos3 26 left Wednesbury Depot for repairs at Wolverton Works following a derailment and now some six months later it is back in town. As with its departure it … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Midland Metro Birmingham Westside extension construction

The early stages of construction work which will see Midland Metro extended further through Birmingham City Centre via Centenary Square to Edgbaston is continuing with road closures still in place to allow this work to take place. Ken Jones recently … Continue reading

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Midland Metro driver retires after 20 years service

Tuesday 6th March was the end of an era on Midland Metro as Balbir Singh retired after nearly 20 years of driving along the route between Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

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This week on British Trams Online

Snow is the theme of this week’s main site update as we feature two new Photo Galleries of trams running in the white stuff:

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In Pictures: Midland Metro 18 breaks daylight cover for first time

Having arrived back in the UK from its battery fitting on 22nd September Midland Metro Urbos3 18 now seems to have started daylight testing and driver training ahead of an eventual entry into service; when it does it will be … Continue reading

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Snow! Disruption on some English tram systems

Whilst both Edinburgh and Dublin have been hit by heavy snow which for the latter involved a complete service shutdown the situation hasn’t been quite as severe in England. On the whole it has been calmer although as Thursday 1st … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Midland Metro 02

A trip back in time to 2001 for today’s Picture in Time as we take a look at one of the original T69 trams which operated on Midland Metro.

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Two T69s survive but remainder to be scrapped

Two of the 15 Midland Metro T69s which were offered for sale by auction earlier this year are to survive with one being donated to Birmingham Museum. But for the remainder it has been confirmed that it will be the … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

Another couple of new Photo Galleries have now been uploaded to the website as part of this week’s main site update:

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