Author Archives: Gareth Prior

In Pictures: Poppies return to Stagecoach Supertram

As has become traditional in recent years, Stagecoach Supertram have started to show their support for Remembrance Day with poppies being affixed to the trams. This year Remembrance Sunday falls on 14th November and the poppies on the trams are … Continue reading

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Blackpool launches The Magical Express Tour for Christmas!

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours have become the latest to announce their plans for Christmas with a special Magical Express Tour taking place regularly from mid-November all the way through to the start of 2022! The Magical Express Tour will be … Continue reading

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School children to be given chance to design their own Metro train

Local school children in the northeast are getting the chance to showcase their design work on the Tyne and Wear Metro system as part of a new competition to inspire a new generation of train designers. Primary school children in … Continue reading

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Passenger numbers fall on Luas

Unsurprisingly recent figures released by the National Transport Authority in Ireland have shown that passenger numbers on Luas have fallen as a result of travel restrictions introduced across the country from March 2020. In a similar picture to that seen … Continue reading

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First new train for Southend Pier arrives

The Southend Pier Railway has received the first of the new trains set to enter service on the UK’s longest Pier, with work now underway on commissioning and training. Until that is completed the trains built in 1986 will continue … Continue reading

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Robin Hood multi-operator fares to increase

Multi-operator fares across Nottingham using the Robin Hood Card – which is valid for travel on Nottingham Express Transit – will see their first increase since April 2019 on Sunday 31st October to reflect recent changes to individual operator prices.

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In Pictures: Work nearly completed in Birmingham City Centre

As October enters its final week the work to complete the West Midlands Metro track relay and Eastside junction installation is rapidly coming towards an end with most of the tarmac now down and attention turning towards the finishing touches … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Preparation work underway at Wilko’s

After what has seemed to be several weeks with very little progress on construction work for the Blackpool Tramway extension up at the former Wilko’s site, recently there have been slight changes with contractors hard at work in preparation for … Continue reading

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Trams &: Oporto 196 & Steam Locomotive

It’s a trip to Beamish again for this latest edition of “Trams &” as we take a look at one of the fleet of trams in operation and finding a steam locomotive on its way around the tramway circuit.

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Stop by Stop Blackpool Tramway: Anchorsholme Lane

Today we reach Anchorsholme Lane on our northbound journey on the Blackpool Tramway.

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And on it goes… Douglas Prom works to miss early November deadline

This article was updated following publication on 26/10/21. When is a deadline not a deadline? When its in connection with the redevelopment of Douglas Promenade it would appear! After the previous September deadline was missed (which was a revised deadline … Continue reading

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West Midlands Metro propose increase in penalty fares

Currently if you are caught on the West Midlands Metro without a ticket you are liable to a penalty fare of £10 but if proposals to increase it are agreed the cost could increase 10 times with a new amount … Continue reading

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Trams suspended from North Pier to Fleetwood after car crashes into barrier

It wasn’t a good start for the tram service in Blackpool on Thursday 21st October with no trams able to run any further north than North Pier until around 0800. The problem was that a car had crashed into the … Continue reading

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Manchester, South Yorkshire and West Midlands get cash boost in budget

In a pre-announcement from next week’s budget, it has been confirmed that several city regions in England are to receive billions of pounds to help improve public transport – including investment in trams and light rail. The funding package will … Continue reading

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Little change in Tyne and Wear Metro performance

Ever since we started these little updates on the Tyne and Wear Metro – taken from posters put up at stations on the network – there has usually been a fair amount of change either in comparison to the previous … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Innsbruck 304

We have a quick visit to Innsbruck in Austria for this edition of “Around the World in Trams”.

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More engineering work coming on the West Midlands Metro

As we wait for news of a reopening date for services through Birmingham City Centre after the three month closure to allow the Eastside extension junction to be installed and track to be relaid on Bull Street and Corporation Street, … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Double destination displays for Edinburgh Trams

If you’re travelling by tram in Edinburgh there is no excuse for not knowing where the tram is going now as they have recently introduced the use of not only the electronic destination displays but also a destination board in … Continue reading

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Metrolink Engineering Works: October & November

There are more engineering works due to take place on the Manchester Metrolink network affecting services at the end of October and during November. There will be two further sets of work taking place – the Eccles line will be … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Luas 4009

We move forward a bit in time for this week’s modern tram “Picture in Time” image as we continue our look at the Luas system in Dublin.

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