The past week has seen anniversaries celebrated on both Midland Metro and Edinburgh Trams, although in the case of the former especially celebrated would probably be the wrong word! For Midland Metro the end of May marks the 18th anniversary of the first public runs on the line whilst Edinburgh Trams is far newer with 31st May being the third anniversary of the opening.
Both lines have much in common as they are currently just a single line with the majority of journeys (except trips running into depot) running from one end to the other and they were both subject to delays ahead of opening – albeit Edinburgh had much worse delays.
In Edinburgh there has been a degree of acknowledgment of the third anniversary of the tramway – or the tramiversary as they have dubbed it on Twitter – with a short film released highlighting the success of the tram and how it has come to play a crucial role at the heart of the city’s transport network. As well as celebrating the third anniversary of the first public service on 31st May 2014 this film would seem to be a good way of trying to persuade local politicians to back an extension of the line down Leith Walk!
Meanwhile down in the West Midlands the 18th anniversary of the opening of the line between Birmingham and Wolverhampton just happened with no official celebrations. To be fair when you get to this stage of a line’s operating life 18 isn’t a particularly significant milestone and you wouldn’t actually really expect a fanfare.
Midland Metro carried its first passengers on 30th May 1999 with a special free service before fare paying passengers were carried the following day, 31st May 1999. Of course since that time there have been major changes on Midland Metro with the original fleet of T69 trams now replaced by the Urbos 3s whilst extensions to the line have finally started with the Birmingham City Centre extension open and further lines also coming soon.
Happy Anniversary Midland Metro and Edinburgh Trams!