Monthly Archives: September 2021

In Pictures: New advert for Edinburgh Trams 262

Edinburgh Trams 262 has become the latest tram in Edinburgh to return to carrying adverts with it noted in service at the end of September advertising Clearwater Analytics – who are apparently the world’s most trusted and accurate investment, accounting … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Recent adverts on Metrolink

Over the past few weeks we have reported on a number of new adverts applied to trams on Manchester Metrolink and now we bring those words to life with some photos showing the new look for some of the trams. … Continue reading

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Classic Motorcycle Day returns to Crich – Sunday 3rd October

Classic Motorcycle Day – one of the more popular events days each year – returns to the Crich Tramway Village on Sunday 3rd October with the 4th annual event taking place combining the passions of vintage trams and classic motorcycles … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Metrolink 3131 arrives at Queens Road Depot

Saturday 25th September saw the delivery of Manchester Metrolink’s latest M5000 with 3131 arriving in the city having been transported from Germany via Hull as with all other recent deliveries. 3131 is the eleventh of this new batch of trams … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Balloon 700 goes back to wartime colours

It was due to be the highlight of the Anniversary Weekend in Blackpool – the unveiling of (and possibly the worst kept secret for some time!) Balloon 700 back in the popular Wartime Green and Cream livery it last carried … Continue reading

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Coroner urges reassessment on automatic tram brakes

Sarah Ormond-Walshe, South London senior coroner, who presided over the inquest into the traffic deaths of seven people after a London Tramlink tram left the rails at Sandilands in November 2016, has called on the government to reassess the need … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Latest from Birmingham City Centre

The work on laying track in Birmingham City Centre has continued to make good progress over the past week or so with much of the track along Corporation Street now in place with work concentrating now on the curve round … Continue reading

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West Street closure in Sheffield causes limited Supertram service to Middlewood and Malin Bridge

With West Street closed to all through traffic from late on Friday 24th September only a very limited service was able to run on the Blue and Yellow routes the other side of the closure the following morning. One tram … Continue reading

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Planned Metrolink engineering works this October

There are to be further engineering works on Manchester Metrolink during October affecting services on the Altrincham, Bury, Rochdale and Airport lines on a couple of Sundays during the month. Works will take place on Sunday 3rd October (Bury line … Continue reading

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Shortlist revealed for Global Light Rail Awards

Tramways and light rail systems from across the world will be waiting with anticipation for Wednesday 6th October when the results are announced on the Global Light Rail Awards at a glitzy ceremony in London. The shortlist has now been … Continue reading

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UK’s first 5G connected tram helps to win award at Connected Britain Awards 2021

You may recall earlier this year that West Midlands Metro Urbos3 35 became the UK’s first 5G connected tram and now that initiative has helped West Midlands 5G (WM5G) win at the recent Connected Britain Awards 2021.

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Whatever Happened To? Crich Tramathon 2005 – Sheffield 510

Today’s “Whatever Happened To?” features a tram which has been regularly in the operational fleet at Crich in recent years but at the 2005 Tramathon was confined to a static display role at Wakebridge.

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Stop by Stop Blackpool Tramway: Sandhurst Avenue

In this article we continue our way along the Blackpool Tramway with “Stop by Stop” now arriving at Sandhurst Avenue.

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Criticism over Trams to Newhaven pavement designs

Campaigners from Living Streets Edinburgh have criticised the Trams to Newhaven project over what they describe as “hopeless” pavement designs with their width said not to meet the required standard. They claim that there are 11 different sections of pavement … Continue reading

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West Midlands Metro joins Workwise scheme offering free travel to new workers

Anyone resident in the West Midlands who has just gained a new job could benefit from free bus, tram and rail travel to work as part of a new scheme. Workwise has seen Transport for West Midlands team up with … Continue reading

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Over 1.2 million journeys made using Metro’s Pop blue card

Introduced by Nexus in 2018, the Pop Blue smartcard for travel on the Tyne and Wear Metro has proved to be very popular with more than 1.2 million journeys recorded. The idea of the introduction of the card was to … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Trams return to Beamish Town Centre

Since trams returned to service at Beamish on 4th September they have only been able to run to the outskirts of the town with a temporary terminus provided at Town East, but all that has now changed with Wednesday 22nd … Continue reading

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Fewer staff required to self isolate but staff retention and recruitment remain challenge to UK tram operators

“This service has been cancelled because of staff shortages”. Anyone who has attempted to travel on the UK transport network in recent weeks and months probably can’t help but be aware of the challenges all transport operators – whether that … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Amsterdam H9 to the rescue!

As we continue our 1983 views from Amsterdam we feature a tram rescue.

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Wirral Transport Show returns Sunday 3rd October – without operating trams

With the Wirral Heritage Tramway in Birkenhead still unable to operate, the return of what used to be called the Wirral Bus and Tram Show but for 2021 will be known as the Wirral Transport Show will be a bit … Continue reading

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