Category Archives: West Midlands Metro

Bridge demolished ahead of schedule as roads reopen in Sandwell

A bridge on Coneygree Road in Sandwell has been demolished ahead of schedule as work continues on preparatory works for the extension of the West Midlands Metro between Wednesbury and Brierley Hill.

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Whatever Happened To? Midland Metro 02

It’s the second instalment of this series looking at what happened to the Midland Metro T69s.

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Lift replacement to start at The Hawthorns

The lifts at The Hawthorns Railway Station are to be replaced in a three month project which will see both railway station and tram stop having no step free access between 1st December 2020 and 15th March 2021. The lifts … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Birmingham Westside extension Hagley Road crossover

We recently reported on the news that yet another milestone had been reached in the construction of the West Midlands Metro Birmingham Westside extension to Hagley Road, Edgbaston with the all important crossover having been installed. This crossover is likely … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened To? Midland Metro 01

Our series looking back at a set of trams from either an event or a complete class returns from today as we take a look at the original Midland Metro trams and see what has happened to the once 16 … Continue reading

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Crossover installed on Hagley Road in another major milestone for Birmingham Westside extension

The major milestones in the construction of the Birmingham Westside extension seem to be coming thick and fast and the latest to be celebrated is the installation of a crossover on Hagley Road which will allow trams to access both … Continue reading

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Tram Operations Limited named Operator of the Year at Global Light Rail Awards

Its the Global Award ceremony where most of the winners seem to come from the UK but the winners have again been announced for the annual Global Light Rail Awards with the “big” Operator of the Year prize going to … Continue reading

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Car and tram collide on Bilston Road

West Midlands Metro services were disrupted early on Thursday 5th November after a car and tram collided on Bilston Road close to the ring road island between The Royal and Wolverhampton St George’s. An investigation is underway into the incident … Continue reading

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In Pictures: An update on the Birmingham Westside extension

It is likely to be the next tramway extension which opens in the UK and work on the second phase of the Birmingham Westside line is continuing with a view to trams starting running in 2021. The latest part of … Continue reading

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Track from Brierley Hill line donated to Severn Valley Railway

Track removed as part of work to prepare the route of the new West Midlands Metro extension between Wednesbury and Brierley Hill has been donated to the Severn Valley Railway to help them with their annual track replacement programme. More … Continue reading

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More DfT funding for English light rail systems

It has been announced that up to a further £67.8 million will be made available to tram and light rail systems across England (outside of London) up to the end of March as part of the latest funding package from … Continue reading

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West Midlands Metro advertise for new engineer roles

As we all know the West Midlands Metro is currently at the start of a major expansion of the system and to aid this they have recently advertised for four new engineers. They are looking for enthusiastic, talented people with … Continue reading

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New Covid-19 cleaning process introduced on the West Midlands Metro

A new longer lasting protection against bacteria and viruses has recently been introduced on the West Midlands Metro network as part of their continued response to the Covid-19 pandemic to try and make travelling on board the trams as safe … Continue reading

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West Midlands Metro 37 returns to Spain

The last built of the original 21 Urbos3 trams for West Midlands Metro has returned to Spain for repairs. 37 – named Ozzy Osbourne – departed Wednesbury Depot on Friday 16th October to make the long trip back to Spain … Continue reading

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What’s New on British Trams Online?

Slightly earlier than usual this week as we head back into the archives for some views of Midland Metro 15 years ago:

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West Midlands Metro celebrate Light Rail Awards nominations

The West Midlands Metro are celebrating after confirmation they have been nominated for a number of categories in the Global Light Rail Awards – with the winners to be announced on 11th November. Amongst the categories they have received nominations … Continue reading

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In Pictures: New advert for West Midlands Metro 32

There has been a change of adverts for West Midlands Metro 32 with its year old ads for OLA being removed in favour of a new campaign for Brindleyplace. #rediscoverbrindley is a campaign reminding people that Brindleyplace is open for … Continue reading

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Metro Brierley Hill extension reported to be 6 months behind schedule

A recent report has revealed that work on the Brierley Hill extension of the West Midlands Metro is six months behind schedule – but transport bosses are confident this time will be able to be made up as the project … Continue reading

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Trams in Video: Midland Metro – 2011 to 2016

In this latest edition of “Trams in Video” we are heading back to the West Midlands for some video shot of the Midland Metro line between 2011 and 2016 (and of which can be seen on Bob Hodges Transport DVD … Continue reading

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Another bridge to be demolished for West Midlands Metro Brierley Hill extension

While we’ve reported recently on construction work elsewhere on the West Midlands Metro network, the extension through to Brierley Hill is at a much earlier stage with more concentration on removing redundant structures at this point. The next structure to … Continue reading

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