Its been a while since we last saw major disruption to West Midlands Metro services due to overhead damage but that was exactly the situation seen for two days this week with no trams able to run between Soho Benson Road and Grand Central from early on the morning of Tuesday 5th March until mid-morning on Thursday 7th March.
The problem with the overhead was seen at Jewellery Quarter with the wires coming down. West Midlands Metro described the damage as “severe” and it is probably fair to say that description was quite valid considering how long it took to repair the overhead. To start with no trams ran from Black Lake to Grand Central but this was eventually shortened to just Soho Benson Road and the Birmingham City Centre terminus. Ticket acceptance was offered on local bus and train services in the area to allow passengers to try and make their way around.
Once again it is not good that we are reporting on an overhead issue on West Midlands Metro – a system which seems to have more than its fair share of major disruption caused by the wires coming down. It also seems to take quite some time for the damage to be repaired most of the time too.