Midland Metro welcomes another new tram

The ninth of the CAF built Urbos 3 trams for Midland Metro has now arrived at the Wednesbury Depot. As with the previous deliveries 25 arrived in two sections and was swiftly unloaded on the morning of Tuesday 24th June before being connected up and moved into the workshops for a start to be made on commissioning and then testing and driver training. Several members of the fleet continue to be used for evening tests and driver training runs and it is expected that the first of the class will enter passenger service later this summer.

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4 Responses to Midland Metro welcomes another new tram

  1. Paul says:

    Hopefully at the weekend trams 17-18 could come into service. Surely these have now gone through the commissioning stage and drivers have had training in them on the line.

    Surely it mainly commissioning of the any new trams that now come from spain before each new tram is allowed to enter service

    • Paul says:

      Remember 4 trams are out of service (3 in yard, 1 in storage at Long Marston). This leaves 12 trams for service, what happens if any of this trams fail this will have an impact on services levels on the line.

      • Tony Sullivan says:

        I visited Birmingham yesterday. When I was at the Priestfield stop at about 12.00 the indicators starting showing a 35 minute delay on services to Wolverhampton due to ” a door malfunction” on one of the trams. Later in the afternoon back at Snow Hill I found tram No 16 parked out of service.
        Tony Sullivan

  2. Pete C says:

    Because part of the tramway (Bilston Road) will shortly be closed for many weeks for track relaying and lengthening of platforms at St Georges, they will probably be able to manage with a reduced number of trams on the reduced mileage. By the time these works are done, they will have some of the Urbos 3 trams ( & drivers) ready for service.