Category Archives: West Midlands Metro

In Pictures: 37 returns to service on the West Midlands Metro

We were obviously being unfair earlier this week when we bemoaned the lack of Urbos3 trams out on the West Midlands Metro as yet another has now broken cover from the confines of the depot. This time its 37 which … Continue reading

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In Pictures: 21 into service in the West Midlands

No sooner did we bring you pictures of 21 (and 18) on test than it was cleared for service! It returned to passenger action on Wednesday 15th June, becoming the second Urbos3 to have run in service since the resumption … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Another Urbos3 starts testing in the West Midlands Metro

It looks as if we may not have too long to wait for more Urbos3s to enter service again on the West Midlands Metro as coming quickly after 21 being seen on test for the first time is 18. These … Continue reading

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Another delay for Wolverhampton Metro extension

Trams will not be running to Wolverhampton Railway Station in time for the Commonwealth Games after all. The much delayed extension has been delayed further, and although it is expected that the majority of construction works will be over by … Continue reading

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In Pictures: West Midlands Metro services resume

After a gap of 80 days trams are once again running on the West Midlands Metro. Although its not a full service yet – we’ll have to wait for more trams to be repaired before that happens – it does … Continue reading

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West Midlands Metro services set to resume on Thursday 9th June

We finally have a date! West Midlands Metro services will resume on Thursday 9th June for the first time since Saturday 19th March with a sufficient number of trams having been tested and cleared for operation. In preparation for this … Continue reading

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The wait goes on for a return for West Midlands Metro

We’ve now reached the week when we have been promised a return to service for the West Midlands Metro (between Wolverhampton St George’s and Bull Street at least) but two days in and there is still no announcement of an … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Driver familiarisation ramps up on West Midlands Metro

Now that its been announced that a passenger service will resume on the West Midlands Metro at some point during week commencing Sunday 5th June its expected that driver (re-)familiarisation will be ramping up over the next week or so … Continue reading

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In Pictures: A new advert for West Midlands Metro 39

There may not have been a passenger service on the West Midlands Metro for over two months but it still hasn’t stopped local companies wanting to advertise on the trams with Urbos 100 39 being seen during driver familiarisation carrying … Continue reading

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West Midlands Metro services to resume in June

It has been confirmed that passenger services on the West Midlands Metro will resume during the week commencing Sunday 5th June – but it won’t be a full service as there will only be enough trams ready to allow a … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Progress made in Wolverhampton

It seems to have been a long time coming but progress is finally being made in Wolverhampton City Centre on the short extension of the West Midlands Metro to Wolverhampton Railway Station. Further works have been underway for a little … Continue reading

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Midland Metro Alliance helps to inspire the next generation

Year 12 pupils from Thomas Telford University Technical College (TTUTC) have got their future careers on the right track after they designed their very own Metro extension as part of a project led by the Midland Metro Alliance. (Whether their … Continue reading

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Buses to return to Birmingham’s Broad Street in June – but what about the trams?

Bus services are due to return to Broad Street – Birmingham’s “golden mile” – in June it has been confirmed. The news comes after the successful completion of successful infrastructure tests which took place in early May. It may be … Continue reading

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Out and About: Wondrous Stories in Birmingham

No, its not the story of how trams once ran on the West Midlands Metro! In this latest edition of “Out and About” we head into Birmingham City Centre to see when trams did run on the system during the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Driver familiarisation continues on West Midlands Metro

We’ve been bemoaning the apparent lack of any form of tram movement on the West Midlands Metro in recent weeks – with a target of reopening by the end of May we had expected there to be some runs to … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Trams on test in the West Midlands

We’re promised that by the end of May there will once again be a tram service running on West Midlands Metro (although we’ve had promises like that before). In preparation it is presumed that the next few weeks will see … Continue reading

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In Pictures: New Black Lake crossing completed

As we reported before, the end of April saw rail replacement works being undertaken on the still closed West Midlands Metro network. This was at Black Lake where the track over the road crossing at Black Lake was being replaced … Continue reading

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Work resumes in Wolverhampton

Construction work on the West Midlands Metro extension to Wolverhampton Railway Station has resumed – with a hope remaining that trams may start running on the short extension this summer. Work had actually started back in 2019 with tracks laid … Continue reading

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In Pictures: West Midlands Metro Brierley Hill extension photo update

The West Midlands Metro extension from Wednesbury to Brierley Hill is slated for an opening in 2023 which means that construction works are now starting to progress at a pace (considering that 2023 is next year!). In this latest photo … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Rail replacement works on West Midlands Metro

With no public tram services still able to run on the West Midlands Metro as repairs to the trams continue at the depot the chance (sensibly) is being taken to undertake maintenance work on the tramway. This has recently included … Continue reading

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