Monthly Archives: February 2014

In Pictures: Edinburgh city centre test runs

Daytime test runs through Edinburgh city centre have continued during this week in the first stage of testing to enable the public to get used to the trams running with a major safety campaign launched by Edinburgh Trams to advise … Continue reading

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Further Birmingham city centre Metro extensions in the pipeline

Centro have launched another public consultation, this time to find out the public’s views of further planned extensions of Midland Metro in Birmingham city centre which would see the city’s major railway stations connected for the very first time by … Continue reading

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Delay for MER opening between Laxey and Ramsey?

The Manx Electric Railway Society have expressed fears that the northern section of the MER between Laxey and Ramsey may not be able to open on 4th April because of a landslip close to the tracks at Ballaglass a couple … Continue reading

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Metrolink apologise for challenges of Victoria single-line working

As we approach the end of the first working week of single line operation through Manchester Victoria, Metrolink officials have apologised to passengers who have experienced delays due to the “operational challenges”of operating a service through this area.

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Blackpool heritage trams set for May Day

Following the previous announcement that the daytime heritage tram service in Blackpool had been cut back to just nine days for the 2014 season, it is pleasing to have some good news to report in regard of this decision. Thanks … Continue reading

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Picture in Time 15: Manchester Metrolink 1007

Our latest trip down memory lane takes a detour away from traditional trams for this installment as we take a look at Manchester Metrolink T68 1007 on the first day of street running with the Manchester coat of arms on … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool Flexity2 015 suffers collapsed pantograph

On Saturday 22nd February one of the normally reliable Flexity2 trams in Blackpool suffered a collapsed pantograph causing delays to the service. The incident occurred at Pleasure Beach when 015 was operating a Starr Gate-Fleetwood Ferry service and caused services … Continue reading

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A Tuesday of problems for Metrolink

Tuesday 25th February was another of those days which can be filed in the “bad days at the office”for Manchester Metrolink with several incidents combining to cause issues across the network. The Bury, Oldham and Rochdale and East Didsbury lines … Continue reading

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Clifton NET Phase Two works to start 2nd March

The previously delayed tram construction works on Southchurch Drive and Farnborough Road in Clifton will now commence from Sunday 2nd March it has been confirmed. With track laying now completed in the centre of Clifton the roads in this area … Continue reading

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Further snagging works on Shandwick Place to take place

Shandwick Place will be partially closed between 0700 on Saturday 1st March until 0500 on Monday 3rd March to allow “snagging” works to take place at the West End – Princes Street stop. The work – which involves the resetting … Continue reading

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Radcliffe parking capacity to increase

Work to expand the parking facilities at Radcliffe Metrolink stop will commence from Monday 3rd March. An upper parking deck will be installed at the stop, on the Bury line, which will see the number of parking spaces increase from … Continue reading

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In Pictures: More Blackpool trams visit Starr Gate

The movement of various trams from Blackpool Transport’s heritage tram fleet between the two depots at Rigby Road and Starr Gate has been a frequent occurance on Fridays for the last few weeks. Friday 28th February was no exception, as … Continue reading

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Centenary car 643 on the move again

Blackpool Centenary car 643 became the latest tram to make a journey by road on Friday 28th February, when the car departed its home at the Broadwater Caravan Park. This follows a short period of use as a static cafe … Continue reading

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Free tram travel for non-Blackpool residents under threat

There is currently intense speculation regarding the future of the offer of free travel on the Blackpool tramway for all holders of the UK concessionary passes issued to senior citizens. Before the opening of the modernised tramway, this offer was extended … Continue reading

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Trams swap between Britain and Budapest

The return of Budapest twin set 2576+2577 to its native country last year, following a chequered career in preservation in the UK, signalled the end of the presence of any representative of this operator on British soil. However, and very surprisingly, … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Single line working through Victoria

As extensively reported on British Trams Online due to major improvement works at Victoria, Manchester Metrolink services through this area are being altered for next nine months with single line working only possible through the station area.

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In Pictures: End of the line for Metrolink T68As to Altrincham?

Thursday 20th February 2014 could well go down in the record books as another milestone in the history of the Manchester Metrolink T68As with the likelihood that they made their last runs through the city centre onto the Altrincham line. … Continue reading

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Early chance to ride on Edinburgh Trams

As part of the continued testing and commissioning of the Edinburgh Tram line ahead of its opening later this year volunteers are being sought to help officials evaluate crowd management procedures. The event will take place on Thursday 13th March … Continue reading

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NET to celebrate 10th anniversary with city centre activities

Nottingham Express Transit will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on Friday 28th February and Saturday 1st March with a series of fun activities in Old Market Square. A marquee in Smithy Row will be the base for a display highlighting … Continue reading

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British Trams Online writer unveils first tram book

British Tram Online‘s regular news writer Andrew Waddington has just released his first ever tram book. Entitled ‘Blackpool Trams – Where are they now?’ the book aims to provide a concise illustrated guide to every Blackpool tram that survives today … Continue reading

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