Category Archives: West Midlands Metro

In Pictures: Trams testing on West Midlands Metro

Whilst there is still no end in sight of the cessation of passenger services on the West Midlands Metro there has been a very small glimmer of hope for their return as trams have been noted out on test this … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Trackworks at Bilston Central

You may remember that before the complete West Midlands Metro service was abandoned to allow the cracks on the trams to be repaired that it was announced that there would be some overhead and track replacement on sections of the … Continue reading

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Independent review launched as West Midlands Metro service remains suspended

It has now been over a week since the last trams ran on the West Midlands Metro network and with at least a further three weeks before any type of service resumes it has been announced that an independent review … Continue reading

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All West Midlands Metro services suspended from Saturday 13 November until further notice

In recent weeks we’ve been wondering when trams may return from Bull Street to Library and when we may see the extensions to Edgbaston Village and Wolverhampton Railway Station open, but the question to ask about the West Midlands Metro … Continue reading

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In Pictures: The next Urbos100 arrives at Wednesbury

Wednesday 10th November saw the eighth – and for now final – Urbos100 tram delivered to West Midlands Metro’s Wednesbury Depot with 45 arriving on the back of a low loader at approximately 1120. The tram made the trip from … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Testing and training continues in Birmingham City Centre – but no sign of a date for the resumption of services

When the first tram ran on test on 28th October along Corporation Street to make sure all was well with the relaid track on the West Midlands Metro it was thought that it would be a matter of days before … Continue reading

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In Pictures: A walk along the Birmingham Westside extension

Over the past few months most of our focus in Birmingham has been along Corporation Street and at the junction with the future Eastside extension but throughout the period of that work there has been further progress on the Birmingham … Continue reading

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In Pictures: West Midlands Metro turn short at St Chads after traffic lights knocked down

Just when you thought there was excellent progress and trams would be returning through Birmingham City Centre very soon and then another problem comes up! This time its nothing to do with track relaying or issues for West Midlands Metro … Continue reading

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Young people “Kickstart” their careers on the West Midlands Metro

Unemployed young people in the West Midlands have been benefiting from the successful Kickstart scheme in recent months with West Midlands Metro welcoming a new cohort of workers enabling them to take the first step towards a rewarding career on … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Testing starts in Birmingham City Centre

For the first time since 25th July a tram has run along Corporation Street in Birmingham City Centre with the major work to relay the track and install the Eastside extension junction coming to an end and testing now having … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Work nearly completed in Birmingham City Centre

As October enters its final week the work to complete the West Midlands Metro track relay and Eastside junction installation is rapidly coming towards an end with most of the tarmac now down and attention turning towards the finishing touches … Continue reading

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West Midlands Metro propose increase in penalty fares

Currently if you are caught on the West Midlands Metro without a ticket you are liable to a penalty fare of £10 but if proposals to increase it are agreed the cost could increase 10 times with a new amount … Continue reading

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Manchester, South Yorkshire and West Midlands get cash boost in budget

In a pre-announcement from next week’s budget, it has been confirmed that several city regions in England are to receive billions of pounds to help improve public transport – including investment in trams and light rail. The funding package will … Continue reading

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More engineering work coming on the West Midlands Metro

As we wait for news of a reopening date for services through Birmingham City Centre after the three month closure to allow the Eastside extension junction to be installed and track to be relaid on Bull Street and Corporation Street, … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Further progress made in Birmingham City Centre

Its nearly over! The final stages of work in Birmingham City Centre which will allow a full service to resume between Bull Street and Library has now been reached with the further closures between the stops at St Chads and … Continue reading

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What’s New on British Trams Online? 17th October 2021

There are two new Photo Galleries now added to the site, featuring West Midlands Metro construction images and shots from a Photo Charter at Beamish:

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Substation installed on Birmingham Westside extension as the end of construction comes into sight

Trams should be running to Hagley Road in Edgbaston by the end of 2021 with work on the second phase of the Birmingham Westside West Midlands Metro extension starting to come towards a conclusion. The summer months have seen excellent … Continue reading

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West Midlands Metro service changes

The work which has been taking place in Birmingham City Centre since 24th July to relay tracks on Corporation Street and install the new junction to the Eastside extension is starting to near an end but before normal services can … Continue reading

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WM5G to showcase benefits of 5G technology at Birmingham Tech Week 2021

West Midlands 5G (WM5G) – the company who brought the UK’s first 5G enabled tram to the West Midlands Metro – are set to showcase their expertise and the benefits that 5G innovation can bring to the transport sector during … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Tarmacking continues in Birmingham City Centre

As the project to relay the tracks along Bull Street and Corporation Street along with the installation of the new junction to the Birmingham Eastside extension continues to come to a close we take another look at recent progress. More … Continue reading

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