Ian Longworth back in charge at Isle of Man Transport

At the end of 2018 it was announced that Isle of Man Director of Transport Ian Longworth would be stepping down from his role as he started to prepare for retirement with a reduced hours job to manage Department of Infrastructure major capital projects. But fast forward 12 months and Mr Longworth is heading back to his old role – retirement seemingly put on the back burner!

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More Edinburgh Trams extensions on the horizon?

More of the originally planned Edinburgh Trams could be built in the future if “radical new plans” are approved by the Council. The Draft City Mobility Plan (CMP) has just been released which could see the tram extended to Granton and to the Bio Quarter alongside the pedestrianisation of many of the city’s historic streets.

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Metro first with new safety standard

West Midlands Metro has become the first tramway in the UK to achieve a new international standard recognising health and safety procedures it has been announced. The tram network was assessed on the way it manages the safety and wellbeing of employees and passengers whilst also reducing the risks of accidents.

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Plans revealed for new halt on the Seaton Tramway

There could be a new stop on the Seaton Tramway if plans for a halt adjacent to Seaton Wetlands are approved by the council. It has been an aspiration for a while to give better access to Seaton Wetlands and these plans are part of a wider masterplan which is currently being drawn up.

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In Pictures: Construction work underway in Edinburgh

It may still be a long time before we see trams running up Leith Walk and to Newhaven but November 2019 saw the start of the first phase of works on the Edinburgh Trams extension with the first signs of work now clearly in evidence. Whilst it will be a while before a tramway starts to appear work is underway around Constitution Street including utility diversion. We take a look at some images of the area at the start of January 2020 courtesy of Roy Calderwood.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Balloon 703

We return to the Blackpool tram photo archives tonight as we head back to the 1980s and a take a look at one of the iconic Balloon Cars.

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Dinosaurs on a tram!

The new year may only be a mere few days old but we already have our first new vinyl wrap advert of 2020! Manchester Metrolink M5000 3089 is the tram which has received the wrap with the advertiser being Dippy on Tour which is heading to Rochdale from 10th February.

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They ran in 2019…

Bringing 2019 to a close – its all looking forward from here on in! – we take one final look at those trams which ran on heritage tramways during the year. As far as we know this is a complete list but if you notice any ommissions please let us know!

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Another year starts for Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours

There is no such thing as a closed season for Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours! No sooner had 2019 finished than the 2020 season was up and running on Saturday 4th January with the first day of the revised timetables in operation.

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Make a date! Tyne and Wear Metro on TV

Having initially been announced over a year ago it has now been confirmed that the ITV documentary on the Tyne and Wear Metro will be screened from Tuesday 14th January at 1930 – that’s just a week away!

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Still standing! Horwich Tram Depot

This is the first of a new series “Still Standing” as we take a look at some remaining structures from the UK’s first generation tramways. We have previously seen some old tram depots, tram overhead and in some cases remaining track on these pages and in this series we will be continuing that theme. We start off in the northwest with images of Bolton Corporation Tramway’s Horwich Depot.

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FTT and BHT tram collections to merge

It has been announced that the trams currently part of the Blackpool Heritage Trust (BHT) collection are to be merged with the Fylde Transport Trust (FTT) as a way of ensuring the collection is able to release additional funding streams only available to charities. It had initially been hoped that the BHT would receive charitable status but an application for this was declined by the Charity Commission leaving the organisation and its trams in a state of flux as regards funding amongst other issues.

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Temporary Metro depot starts to take shape

The new temporary depot at Howdon in North Tyneside, being built to house a number of Metrocars on the Tyne and Wear Metro whilst rebuilding work takes place at South Gosforth Depot, is starting to take shape according to an update from Nexus. The first track is now in place with it due to be used for the first time by the end of summer 2020.

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Training exercise at Gogar Depot as Fire service practice lifting tram

Edinburgh Trams may now have been running in the Scottish capital for five and a half years and now the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service recently visited Gogar Depot to put the theory of lifting a tram into practice. Although this was the first time the fire service had actually lifted a physical tram the two organisations had been working together since the line opened to ensure that if the worst happened the fire service would be prepared.

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More cars manage to find their way onto Metrolink tracks

It may be a new year but you can still expect the usual “cars drive onto tram tracks and delay services”! With its extensive network Manchester Metrolink brings us the most of these incidents and the Christmas and New Year period was no different with another couple taking place.

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This week on British Trams Online

In truth its a gentle start to 2020 on British Trams Online with just a few small updates added:

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Balloon 704 in the works

When completed it will be the biggest restoration job since the advent of Blackpool’s Heritage Tram Tours and work is now underway on returning Balloon 704 to the rails. Now privately owned by Iain Taylor the tram will go on permanent loan to Heritage Tram Tours when the work is completed with Mr Taylor providing the finance as well as for additional resource within the heritage workshops which should see the return of other trams to service in the near future as well.

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Trams in Video: Granada Tram – September 2017

The last in our current series of “Trams in Video” is here (it may be back in the future, any feedback on this will be gratefully received!) is back into Europe as we head into Spain to take a look at trams running in Granada. Filmed on 30th September 2017 this footage comes just nine days after the tramway opened using 15 CAF Urbos3 trams – including battery power.

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In Pictures: The antlers have gone!

Management at Edinburgh Trams obviously can’t wait for Christmas to end as the antlers applied to a few trams in the lead up were soon removed after 25th December! At least 260, 262 and 269 all received the antlers in the lead up to Christmas but by 30th December they were gone on 260 as Christmas was obviously over!

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In Pictures: More from Lightopia

The trams at the Heaton Park Tramway are now receiving some well earnt rest after the conclusion of their use during the Lightopia event taking place in the park but as seen in this article they were still being used almost right until the end of December with the special lighting effects still around and the trams popularity showing no signs of fading. With Blackpool 623 and Manchester 765 again seeing use, Stockport 5 also came out from the depot to provide an extra vantage point of the trams in the dark. Joshua Haworth provides us with the following pictures.

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