Monthly Archives: November 2018

Brierley Hill Metro extension progresses

The currently unfunded West Midlands Metro extension between Wednesbury and Brierley Hill continues to progress with the next stage of the project now underway. This is seeing utility investigation works take place along the proposed route which will help to … Continue reading

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Altrincham line suspended after van ploughs onto Metrolink

One man suffered serious injuries with another man also injured after a van ploughed through a brick wall close to the Brooklands stop early in the hours of Monday 12th November. Fortunately it happened before Metrolink services were running for … Continue reading

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Extra funding announced for Metro fleet maintenance

An extra £900,000 in funding is to be invested by Nexus into the ongoing maintenance of the current fleet of the Tyne and Wear Metro to try and attempt to improve reliability of the nearly 40 year old year vehicles.

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Heaton Park to mark end of the season with special event

The Heaton Park Tramway are to celebrate the end of another successful season with an extra special event on Sunday 18th November – the End of Season Gala. A late addition to the events calendar for 2018 this will be … Continue reading

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This week on British Trams Online

Another couple of Photo Galleries have been added to the website this week:

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Early bird tickets to be piloted on Metrolink

A new cheaper early and late ticket is to be launched for travel on Manchester Metrolink in an attempt to help tackle congestion on Greater Manchester’s road. The tickets – which will only be available as a pilot until Christmas … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Lille 17

As we continue our world tour we land in France with a view of a tram from Lille.

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TfL give update on RAIB recommendations progress

It is now two years since the tragic derailment at Sandilands on London Tramlink which saw seven people die as a result of the tram coming off the rails as a result of it overspeeding. On the anniversary of the … Continue reading

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The wait goes on for Preston – now funding is sought

It seems to be one of those stories which keeps on coming around – the return of trams to Preston in the form of the proposed Trampower project. With the plans for a short demonstration line seemingly having stalled again … Continue reading

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Passenger satisfaction up on NET

A new survey undertaken on behalf of Keolis, operators of Nottingham Express Transit, has shown that 96% of passengers are satisfied with the service – this is a major increase on other recent surveys which have had a lower sample … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Talk Talk adverts for M5000s 3040 & 3088

They just keep coming, those vinyl wraps on trams in Manchester! The latest sponsor to advertise on the trams is Talk Talk with not one but two of the M5000 trams receiving new vinyls this week. As usual both trams … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 399 206 joins the Tram Train fleet

As we’ve covered previously the fleet of seven Citylink Tram-Trains now in service on Supertram are split into two sub-fleets: the Tram-Train fleet and the conventional system fleet. The plan is that four trams will have the Tram-Train wheel profile … Continue reading

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Birkenhead 20 and the Trawler on tour for British Trams Online

On Wednesday 7th November, the British Trams Online tour of the Blackpool tramway took place, taking two very different trams around the coastal system. This acted as a farewell trip for Birkenhead 20 which was making its final appearance before … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Nottingham Express Transit 201

We’re off to Nottingham for today’s edition of Picture in Time with a view of one of the vinyl wrap adverts carried on the trams.

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Luas passengers remain satisfied with service

Despite problems with reliability experienced since the opening of the cross city extension last December the vast majority of passengers on Luas remain satisfied with the service according to a recent survey conducted on behalf of the National Transport Authority.

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In Pictures: A day at the Heaton Park Tramway in October

We haven’t covered the Heaton Park Tramway for a while but we remedy that here with a small selection of images taken at what is the only true preserved tramway in the UK on 21st October. On the day of … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Metro services return to South Shields

Tyne and Wear Metro services returned to South Shields on Sunday 4th November following the conclusion of the latest stage of works in connection with the £21 million new transport interchange, due to open in 2019. All services had been … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Leeds 180

Its time for another change in Picture in Time as Blackpool takes a rest with Tuesdays now set to see other traditional trams featuring. And in the first instalment we are off to Crich for a view of a long … Continue reading

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Strike action on the way for Edinburgh Trams?

Edinburgh Trams services could be disrupted in the lead up to Christmas after the results of the consultative ballot into potential industrial action were released by the Unite union. As we reported a few weeks ago this ballot was undertaken … Continue reading

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Armed Forces to travel free out of uniform on Metrolink

Transport for Greater Manchester have reaffirmed their Armed Forces Covenant which will allow members of the Armed Forces to travel for free on Metrolink out of uniform. Regular or reserve members can travel for free after 0930 Mondays to Fridays … Continue reading

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