Category Archives: West Midlands Metro

Work paused on West Midlands Metro construction work

All on site construction works for extensions to the West Midlands Metro has been suspended as a result of recent government guidance on social distancing and only going out if essential. The decision was taken by the Midland Metro Alliance … Continue reading

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Blackpool Tramway to close as West Midlands Metro announces reduced services

The Blackpool and Fleetwood Tramway is to temporarily close from Sunday 29th March as further service restrictions are introduced in the UK as a result of the continuing Coronavirus pandemic. It has also been confirmed that the West Midlands Metro … Continue reading

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Don’t travel advice given across UK

Following on from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s address on Monday 23rd September public transport should only be used in the UK for essential travel with several transport networks reiterating this fact in statements. It has also now been confirmed that … Continue reading

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Peak time travel pass restrictions lifted as more Coronavirus measures in place across the UK

Since their introduction concessionary passes for use on buses and some trams have seen a limit on their use during morning peak times but in light of the current Coronavirus pandemic it has now been announced that this will be … Continue reading

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On the internet: RailwayWorld.net

Across the world wide web there are many websites dedicated to trams and light rail and in this first edition of a new (likely to be very irregular!) series we take a look at some of those you may wish … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 31 back in service on West Midlands Metro

It doesn’t seem to take long between a successful test and a tram entering service on the West Midlands Metro as 31 – named Cyrille Regis MBE 1958-2018 – is now once again part of the operating fleet.

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In Pictures: Nice one…Cyrille Regis on the way back!

After being out of service for almost seven months, West Midlands Metro 31 – named Cyrille Regis MBE – is on the road to return with testing now underway following accident repairs. The tram was back on the rails on … Continue reading

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Coming soon: New vehicles on order

With various tram and light rail systems across the UK having new vehicles on order have you lost track of what is due and when? Well, if you have you don’t worry as we are here to help! In this … Continue reading

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What’s New on British Trams Online?

This week over on the main site we have photos coming from the West Midlands Metro back in December:

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Track welded into place at Five Ways underpass

Following the report earlier this month that the first track had been installed at Five Ways underpass on the West Midlands Metro Birmingham Westside to Hagley Road, the Midland Metro Alliance have now confirmed that some of this track has … Continue reading

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In Pictures: West Midlands Metro 24 receives new adverts

For the first time since external commercial advertising has been applied to the Urbos3 trams on the West Midlands Metro there has been a change of commercial adverts with 24 losing its OLA vinyls in favour of a new contract … Continue reading

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Children invited to take part in hoarding competition

Schools across Birmingham are being invited to enter a competition to create their image of a construction worker with the best five entries featuring on hoarding panels for the Westside West Midlands Metro extension. The Careers in Construction contest has … Continue reading

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In Pictures: New Passenger Information Displays for West Midlands Metro

New Passenger Information Display screens are now being installed across the West Midlands Metro network as part of the continued improvements for passengers. The two new stops on the Birmingham Westside extension had these new screens installed from now and … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 27 enters service on West Midlands Metro

No sooner had we reported on the first daylight testing of 27 complete with batteries on the West Midlands Metro than it was operating in passenger service! It was first allocated to service as a peak time extra on Wednesday … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 27 starts testing with batteries

After just over two months with no new battery fitted trams being completed on the West Midlands Metro we are about to see the 20th of the 21 strong class of Urbos3 trams return to service so fitted with 27 … Continue reading

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Work to start on Brierley Hill extension

Enabling works for the West Midlands Metro extension to Brierley Hill are set to start later this month with Castle Hill in Dudley the location for the commencement. The work will start from Monday 24th February and last for up … Continue reading

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First track laid at Five Ways underpass

We saw in our recent Photo Gallery and now Transport for West Midlands have written a press release about it! The first sections of track have now been laid in Five Ways underpass as the project to build the second … Continue reading

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Peter Cushing named new Midland Metro Alliance Director

Peter Cushing, former Metrolink Director at Transport for Greater Manchester, has been named as new Director of the Midland Metro Alliance, replacing Alejandro Moreno who had been in the role since 2016. Mr Moreno is returning to parent company Colas … Continue reading

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£15 billion plan unveiled to improve rail travel in West Midlands

Where would we be without grand transport “visions”?! The latest region to reveal their vision is the West Midlands with current Mayor, Andy Street, unveiling a £15 billion plan for improvement to the Metro and rail network by 2040. A … Continue reading

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What’s New on British Trams Online?

There are construction photos from Birmingham now added to the website:

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