Category Archives: West Midlands Metro

In Pictures: Bradley Lane Park and Ride site almost ready

Its well behind schedule but it looks as if the new Park and Ride site adjacent to Bradley Lane stop on the West Midlands Metro is almost ready for opening if the latest pictures are anything to go by. Construction … Continue reading

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Birmingham Eastside extension gets go-ahead

It’s all been about the Westside in Birmingham up until now but in the future we will also be looking to the Eastside following the approval of the Transport and Works Act Order for this short 1.7km extension of the … Continue reading

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Metro first with new safety standard

West Midlands Metro has become the first tramway in the UK to achieve a new international standard recognising health and safety procedures it has been announced. The tram network was assessed on the way it manages the safety and wellbeing … Continue reading

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Trams in Video: West Midlands Metro Driver Eye Views – December 2019

It’s Christmas so we have a couple of bonus videos for you today. In these two videos we are once again on the West Midlands Metro but this time they are driver eye views of the complete route between the … Continue reading

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Christmas and New Year services 2019/20

Christmas is a time to spend with your family but what happens if you want to do something a bit different? Well, you could always go for a ride or take some photos of trams around the country couldn’t you?! … Continue reading

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Power problems cause issues on West Midlands Metro

Sunday 15th December saw service disruption on the West Midlands Metro after a loss of power saw trams only able to operate between Wolverhampton St George’s and Black Lake. Reasons for the power going down are not known but it … Continue reading

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In Pictures: West Midlands Metro 32 in service with batteries

It was briefly mentioned in our article on the opening of the Birmingham Westside extension last week but 32 has become the 19th of the 21 Urbos3 trams to enter service with batteries fitted. It was used briefly on Wednesday … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

Extensions are the name of the game in this week’s update with a couple of new Photo Galleries added:

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It’s open! Services start onto Birmingham Westside extension

After all that waiting for an official announcement of when trams would start running beyond Grand Central to Library on the Birmingham Westside extension in the end it just kind of happened! With no pre-fanfare or public announcement Rudolph (36) … Continue reading

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Can you spot all the West Midlands Metro reindeer?

We brought you the first images of the West Midlands Metro reindeers at the weekend and now it has been announced there is a competition to win a family ticket to the Sealife Centre if you can spot them all! … Continue reading

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In Pictures: The reindeers they are a spreading…

It’s catching. Following on from Edinburgh, West Midlands Metro have started to name some of their trams after Santa’s reindeer with 22, 33, 34 and 36 all noted with names on Saturday 7th December. In a quick and easy way … Continue reading

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And still the wait goes on for the Birmingham Westside extension

We had expected to be bringing you the news this week of the official confirmation of the opening of the Birmingham Westside extension on the West Midlands Metro but at the time of writing we are still waiting! All the … Continue reading

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Trams in Video: West Midlands Metro – September 2019

With the Birmingham Westside extension set to open very soon in today’s “Trams in Video” we feature footage from the West Midlands Metro during September 2019. At this time the system was in transition with some trams still in the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: More battery trams getting ready ahead of extension opening – but still no official opening date

Preparations for the opening of Birmingham Westside extension on the West Midlands Metro are continuing with shadow running having been taken place all week whilst 24 has entered service with batteries, and there are another two Urbos3 trams being made … Continue reading

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Grand Central platform reopens as testing of Westside extension steps up

After 14 months out of use the Wolverhampton bound platform at Grand Central will reopen to passengers from Sunday 1st December – the first day of the new timetable and also expected to be the first day of the full … Continue reading

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Metro Matters members get a guided tour of Westside extension

You may recall earlier this year that the West Midlands Metro were looking for travellers on the system to sign up to become a member of a new customer forum, to be known as Metro Matters. Well, that forum is … Continue reading

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In Pictures: More from the Jasper Carrott naming

As we reported on last week, Wednesday 13th November saw the latest naming on the West Midlands Metro with 28 being named Jasper Carrott in a special ceremony which took place at the new Town Hall stop on the Westside … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Driver Training starts on Birmingham Westside extension as new timetable and fares announced

Preparations for the start of passenger services on the first section of West Midlands Metro’s Birmingham Westside extension have stepped up a pace this week with the start of driver training. At the same time it has been announced that … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Work continues at Bradley Lane

We haven’t paid a visit to Bradley Lane on the West Midlands Metro for a while where work has been ongoing on constructing a new Park and Ride site since October 2018. Originally due to open in the summer of … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 34 does return to service as the batteries keep on coming

We mentioned a few days ago that there had been reports that 34 had entered service with batteries fitted but had no confirmation, well even if it hadn’t been used before it certainly has now! With both 22 and 34 … Continue reading

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