Category Archives: West Midlands Metro

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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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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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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Metro extension works move on to Five Ways

It may have taken the best part of 20 years but work on major extensions of the West Midlands Metro network is now well underway with new lines at both ends of the currently line in progress and further lines … Continue reading

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Long serving staff recognised at West Midlands Metro

As well as unveiling a special 20th anniversary livery on Urbos3 19 as part of the celebrations West Midlands Metro also recognised those members of staff who are still working on the network having been there from the beginning. More … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 26 gets ready for a return to service on West Midlands Metro

It has been two years since West Midlands Metro 26 last operated on the system but it looks set to return soon with the tram seen out and about under test with CAF engineers on board to check that all … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 19 receives West Midlands Metro 20th anniversary livery

As we reported last night West Midlands Metro have been celebrating their 20th anniversary with a series of special events across the network. With 30th May the exact anniversary of the formal start of services back in 1999 a special … Continue reading

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West Midlands Metro set to celebrate 20 years

On 30th May 1999 services finally started on what we now know as the West Midlands Metro and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this momentous occasion a specially liveried tram will enter service during the afternoon of Thursday 30th … Continue reading

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Metro 19 back in service

And then there were 10! Saturday 25th May saw the tenth of the West Midlands Metro Urbos3 trams to enter service fitted with batteries fitted when 19 undertook its first revenue earning runs.

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Another award win for the Midland Metro Alliance

There don’t seem to be many weeks which go by without some award ceremony or another and the latest in Birmingham has seen the Midland Metro Alliance recognised for their communications campaign to keep those living, working and visiting Birmingham … Continue reading

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Metro 18 suffers damage after collision on Bilston Road

West Midlands Metro 18 – one of two trams to carry Just Eat adverts – suffered damage in a collision with a car on Bilston Road on Tuesday 21st May. The collision happened at approximately 1920 and according to the … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

There is another double helping of photos added to the site as part of this week’s main site update:

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In Pictures: West Midlands Metro 25 gets some heart

With the Spring Bank Holiday weekend set to see Birmingham Pride taking place, West Midlands Metro – and public transport in general – are supporting the event with 25 having received some rainbow hearts on selected windows. Currently this is … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Works continues on Birmingham Westside extension

The next part of the West Midlands Metro system which will open will be phase one of the Birmingham Westside extension which will travel from the current Grand Central terminus to Centenary Square via Victoria Square. New stops will be … Continue reading

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Award wins for Midland Metro Alliance

Its another week and another awards ceremony with the Midland Metro Alliance celebrating a double win at the 2019 West Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards. The wins came in the Integration and Collaborative Working and the People Development categories at the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: First track laid on Pinfold Street

With trams due to start running on the first part of the Birmingham Westside extension by the end of this year it is no surprise to see that good progress is now being made on track laying. Following on from … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 23 returns to service with batteries fitted

There are now nine West Midlands Metro Urbos 3 trams available for passenger service with batteries fitted with the latest, 23, being used in revenue earning service on Friday 12th April – although the tram was then noted out of … Continue reading

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Next stage of Metro extension works to start in June

As work on the Birmingham Westside extension of the West Midlands Metro continues at a pace it has been confirmed that the Five Ways underpass will be closed to all traffic from Monday 3rd June until 2021 – the year … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Metro 34 back out on test

Having not been seen in service since 11th December 2018, West Midlands Metro 34 is on the comeback trail having recently seen workshop attention and started testing on the mainline. With the hoped for return to service of the tram … Continue reading

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Satisfaction remains high on (some) English tramways

The latest Transport Focus Tram Passenger Survey has shown that passengers continue to be satisfied on four different English tramways – although for West Midlands Metro there has been a fall in satisfaction between 2017 and 2018. The Blackpool Tramway … Continue reading

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