South Yorkshire Mayor sets out his vision for the future

After being re-elected at the recent South Yorkshire Combined Authority Mayoral election, Oliver Coppard has now set out his vision for the future which will connect people across the region through an integrated public transport network that puts people at its centre.

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In Pictures: Another look at the trams at Carlton Colville

Yes, there has undoubtedly been a lot of attention on the East Anglia Transport Museum and the entry into service of Blackpool 634 earlier this year, but its not all about Blackpool trams at the museum (talking about trams of course and not considering all the other transport modes they have to offer). In this latest pictorial article from the camera of Bryan Grint we take a look at a couple of non-Blackpool trams which have run in service so far in 2024.

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They’ve Run in 2024!

We take another look to see which heritage trams have run in service so far in 2024 on tramways across the British Isles. There has been some movement since we last ran this article with more trams being used at both Crich and on the Isle of Man. If you know of any errors or omissions please let us know; contact details at the end of the article.

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Out and About: Beamish Tramway – Around the depot

Its probably so much “Out and About” for the trams we feature today but “In and Not About” as we take a peek into the depot at Beamish at the start of February to see which trams were taking a break.

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Manchester Metrolink Then & Now: Mosley Street

We head over to other side of Manchester City Centre for this edition of “Manchester Metrolink Then & Now”.

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LRSSB welcome marketing professional to their team

The Light Rail Safety Standards Board (LRSSB) has further strengthened their team after appointing an experienced marketing professional. Carly Swift has over 17 years experience across a range of sectors – including in public tramsport and has previously worked with the LRSSB.

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Events coming this week…

From the chance to see behind the scenes of a tram restoration to a dog show there’s an eclectic mix of events over the coming week…

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What’s New on British Trams Online? 12th May 2024

This week photos come from the Isle of Man in the first of a two part gallery:

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Chesterfield 7 returns to service at Crich

Whilst the majority of trams which have carried passengers at the Crich Tramway Village so far in 2024 were part of the operating fleet at times last year, the latest tram to be used for the first time does not fall into that category. That is Chesterfield 7 which, as we saw recently, had been in the Workshop for preparation for use and it was fully commissioned in time to be used on Wednesday 8th May 2024.

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Around the World in Trams: Amsterdam 724

Back to Amsterdam again today for another edition of “Around the World in Trams”.

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Timetable and first details announced for Blackpool’s May Event Weekend

Things on Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours will be different in 2024 with available trams being based out at Starr Gate Depot whilst the results of the Rigby Road condition survey are awaited. This means that Event/Enhanced Weekends will see fewer trams in service with the first of these due to take place over the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend Saturday 25th to Monday 27th May.

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Major rail replacement works announced for Supertram

There will be major changes for services on the South Yorkshire Supertram network later this month and stretching into June as a programme of rail replacement gets underway. Whilst this first phase of work will only see changes to the tram service between Saturday 25th May and Sunday 2nd June (coinciding with the May half term holidays) its also been confirmed that there will be more works to come over the summer.

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3116 swaps adverts in Manchester

There is another new advert to be seen on the Manchester Metrolink system after 3116 received new vinyls for Sephora. This replaces its previous advert for the National Trust and is a major change as it goes from lots of colours to being black and white!

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 708

“Picture in Time” keeps with the Blackpool theme this week.

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In Pictures: Horseley Road stop on West Midlands Metro Dudley extension

Construction work on the Dudley and Brierley Hill extension of the West Midlands Metro has been continuing in recent weeks with activity at various locations along the line. One of those locations has been in and around where Horseley Road tramstop will be constructed and that’s where we head in this article.

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London Trams strikes over – but service now disrupted by wheel damage

Article updated 10/05/2024 with details of further service changes

The first of two planned strikes by Unite the Union members at London Trams is now over which should have meant that as from Thursday 9th May a normal service resumed across the network. However, that has not been the case as there have been severe delays with trams suffering from damage to their wheels.

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UKTram Owners and Operators Group visit Nottingham

The most recent meeting of the UKTram Owners and Operators Group was in Nottingham where members were given a tour of the tram depot at Wilkinson Street. This allowed members to get an in-depth insight into challenges faced by the NET and the steps its taking to meet them.

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In Pictures: Driver familiarisation continues on Blackpool Tramway extension

In just over six weeks time a full passenger service will be in operation on the (admittedly much delayed) Blackpool Tramway extension along Talbot Road to a terminus by North Station. In the lead up testing and now driver familiarisation is underway in preparation for this service to officially launch on Sunday 16th June 2024. Peter Dockerty saw two trams in action on the line on this visit.

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Overhead line damage at Old Trafford leads to Metrolink disruption

Manchester Metrolink services to Altrincham were suspended on Wednesday 8th May following “third party” overhead line damage at Old Trafford. The first reports of the problem were first made around 1230 with warnings that the service would remain disrupted at least until at least the evening.

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LRSSB board further strengthened with new appointment

The Light Rail Safety and Standards Board (LRSSB) board has been further strengthened following the announcement that Blackpool Transport Managing Director Jane Cole has been appointed as a non-executive director.

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