What’s New on British Trams Online? 23rd January 2022

More photos from November 2021 as part of this week’s main site update – this time from Manchester Metrolink:

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Trams in Video: Prague – Hlubocepy to Sidliste Barrandov

We return to Prague again for another “Trams in Video”. This video shows the fairly recent extension of the tramway from Hlubocepy to Sidliste Barrandov with the modern stops seen along the length of the line which was completely relaid during 2020.

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Stop by Stop Nottingham Express Transit: Central – Shipstone Street

In this edition of “Stop by Stop” we are again in Nottingham as we feature the last outbound stop on the Hyson Green loop.

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In Pictures: Works in Birmingham City Centre

It looks as if it just as well that tram services haven’t resumed beyond Bull Street in Birmingham City Centre as over the past week there has been further work taking place around the tram tracks. This has included work on Corporation Street and close to Grand Central with tactile strips being installed adjacent to the official crossings (which will in all likelihood have no impact at all in people just walking where the want!).

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Out and About: Haymarket in Edinburgh

We have another edition of “Out and About” today as we are again in Edinburgh and feature a tram with the backdrop of more development work.

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In Pictures: Concrete pour on Leith Walk

As well as the work underway at Picardy Place there remain several other active worksites along the route of the Trams to Newhaven project as work continues to move on at a pace. One of those sites is on Leith Walk at Pilrig, close to the site of the infamous Pilrig Muddle, as we see in this latest update.

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Around the World in Trams: Kolkata 210

We head back to Kolkata for this latest edition of “Around the World in Trams” as we feature another of the trams running on India’s last tramway.

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Metro Flow project officially gets underway

The Metro Flow project – which will see three sections of track between Pelaw and Bede on the Tyne and Wear Metro doubled to increase service frequencies, reduce journey times and improve reliability – has officially got underway at a special ceremony. The £100m project is being mostly funded from the Government’s Transforming Cities Fund and will see a major 12 week closure of the line between September and December this year.

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Out and About: More from Sheffield

Its time for “Out and About” which in this edition is taking a look at the two classes of tram which run on the Stagecoach Supertram network.

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Blackpool to host Vintage Weekend in February

The weekend of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th February will give enthusiasts and the general public alike another chance to enjoy hop-on, hop-off heritage tram tours in Blackpool with the first special event weekend of 2022 now confirmed. As well as the hop-on, hop-off tours (using 6 trams on each day) there will be the popular depot tours, bus tours and three evening tours using the Western Train. There may be plenty to keep you occupied over the weekend but to enjoy it its going to cost you with another not insignificant price increase put in place.

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Zones on the way for ticketing on the West Midlands Metro

How ticket prices are calculated for travel on the West Midlands Metro is set to change from Spring 2022 it has been announced with new Ticket Zones due to be introduced. With the aim of providing greater fairness and flexibility for passengers the network will be split into four zones (although the split of these zones has yet to be announced) with both individual and cross-zone tickets to be available.

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Picture in Time: Blackpool Centenary 645 & Balloon 719

In this edition of “Picture in Time” we are featuring a single decker and a double decker tram operating on the Blackpool Tramway during September 2010.

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In Pictures: Works underway at Picardy Place

Work on the Trams to Newhaven project in Edinburgh has now resumed after the Christmas and New Year shutdown and one area which has seen an extension of the worksite during January is that closest to the current line from London Street to York Place. The site has been extended across the Broughton Street/Picardy Place junction which has seen a number of road closures and bus diversions put into place.

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Artists sought for art works on Metro’s new trains

Nexus has just launched a major new arts commission for the Tyne and Wear Metro with artists wanted to create large-scale new works for the interiors of 46 new trains currently being bult by Stadler and due to start entering service from 2023. The selected works will be displayed on each new train’s end walls facing into the seating areas.

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Another trailer to be restored on the Manx Electric Railway

It has been announced that Manx Electric Railway trailer 50 is to be restored to service after agreement was reached with Isle of Man Transport for a team of dedicated volunteers to work on the vehicle which last saw passenger use in 1978. This becomes the latest volunteer led project on the Manx Electric Railway in recent years as yet another long withdrawn vehicle is readied for its chance to shine once more.

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In Pictures: Little progress to show at Wilko’s

Its looking likely that there will be little to show on progress of the Blackpool Tramway extension for some time with a lot of focus on the overall Talbot Gateway project currently on the construction of the hotel and removing the High Street pedestrian walkway. This article takes a look at the current scene of the tramway infrastructure on the former Wilko’s site close to Blackpool North Railway Station.

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Out and About: Heritage trams in Blackpool

For the majority of this series we are “Out and About” taking a look at modern trams running but we have a bit of a change today as we feature heritage trams running in Blackpool.

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In Pictures: Another different tram in service at Beamish

So far in 2022 as our “Beamish correspondent” has paid a visit to the museum there has been a different tram in use and that continued on Sunday 16th January when fully enclosed Sunderland 16 was allocated to service. This follows on from Blackpool 31 at the turn of the year and Sheffield 264 the previous Sunday in running in service at the museum. This pictorial article takes a look at not only 16 in service but also some of the sights around the depot. Trevor Hall is our photographer.

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More utility diversion works on Birmingham Eastside extension

We saw a few days ago recent progress on the construction works for the Birmingham Eastside extension on the West Midlands Metro and it has now been confirmed that further utility diversion works are now underway on Meriden Street. These works join those taking place on Lower Bull Street and Digbeth High Street.

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Rugby fans urged to pre-purchase tram tickets for Six Nations

With Rugby’s Six Nations championship set to get underway in February, fans heading to the home of Scottish Rugby at BT Murrayfield Stadium are being urged to book their tram tickets in advance to save having to queue on the day. Scotland will play England for the Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield on Saturday 5th February with trams set to run up to every three minutes before and after the match will be played with a capacity crowd following recent changes in Scottish Government restrictions on outdoor events.

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