Monthly Archives: May 2013

Metrolink services start to East Didsbury

Shortly after 0500 on Thursday 23 May 3055 departed Victoria with the first passenger service to run to East Didsbury as the latest section of Manchester Metrolink opened. The line to East Didsbury is part of the South Manchester line … Continue reading

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Teddy bears on a Tuesday at Heaton Park

The Heaton Park Tramway is taking full advantage of the upcoming school half-term break, with a rare midweek opening on Tuesday 28th May. This day will see the first ever Teddy Bear’s Picnic event held at this tramway. It had … Continue reading

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Picture in Time 6: Bolton 366

The 50th anniversary of V.E. Day in May 1995 was acknowledged by two different trams at Blackpool, both of which were returned to approximations of their 1940s appearance. The more obvious of the two was Blackpool Balloon car 703 which … Continue reading

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Special Metrolink season ticket launched for Manchester City fans

Transport for Greater Manchester and Manchester City FC have worked together to come up with a special offer for season ticket holders at the Barclays Premier League runners-up who travel by Metrolink to games. For just £70 (adults) and £30 … Continue reading

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Stagecoach Supertram Engineering Work cancelled

The engineering work scheduled to take place on the Stagecoach Supertram blue route on Sunday 26 and Monday 27 May has been cancelled and a full service will now operate over the whole weekend. On Monday 27 May a Sunday … Continue reading

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Manchester Metrolink Engineering Work: Monday 27 May

Victoria station tramstop will again be closed on Monday 27 May with a change in services as a result. No trams will run between Crumpsall and Victoria or Central Park and Victoria with a replacement bus services operating from Central … Continue reading

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Supertram launch reduced price Child Megarider for limited period

Stagecoach Supertram have announced that from Monday 27 May to Tuesday 23 July a Child weekly Megarider will only cost £7. The ticket is able to be purchased from conductors on board the trams and it will be valid on … Continue reading

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Twin set added to Blackpool’s Spring Bank Holiday events

In a pleasing development, Blackpool Transport have confirmed that an additional heritage tram will be added to the proposed line-up of cars due to run over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, 25th – 27th May, in the shape of Twin … Continue reading

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Centenary car delayed by failed Flexity2!

The morning of Monday 20th May witnessed a surprise appearance on Blackpool promenade by Centenary car 642, operating under its own power for the first time in just over 18 months. Having spent more than a week being prepared for … Continue reading

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Extra running day for Blackpool’s heritage trams

As excitement for the next heritage tram running days in Blackpool grows, it is pleasing to report that Blackpool Transport have added an extra day to the list of occasions when the traditional tram fleet will be out on the promenade during … Continue reading

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Mosley Street closes

At 0055 in the early hours of Saturday 18 May, 3018 became the last tram to stop at Mosley Street in Manchester city centre as it permanently closed to “improve journey times, reliability and capacity” on the Manchester Metrolink network. … Continue reading

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In Pictures: More Blackpool Heritage trams in operation

As we have previously shown you on these pages the recent May Day Bank Holiday weekend was another successful period of heritage tram operation in Blackpool with the highlights being the return to service of Brush 631 in its new … Continue reading

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Multi million pound investment on Supertram confirmed

It has been confirmed that the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and Stagecoach Supertram are to jointly fund the major programme of tram rail replacement works which are needed to protect the future of the Supertram network. The works … Continue reading

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Sutton moves ahead of Crystal Palace for Tramlink extension?

Sutton Council have claimed that they have moved ahead of Crystal Palace in the race to extend the London Tramlink system – although the situation remains that Transport for London are not committed to funding any extensions at the present … Continue reading

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In Pictures: More from the Southampton Tram Project

During the opening day of the Southampton Maritime Festival the Southampton Tram Project received a special guest to look at their work when Prince Michael of Kent had a tour of their work when he opened the event. We can … Continue reading

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NET services to change for Milk Race

Nottingham Express Transit services from Hucknall and Phoenix Park will terminate at the Royal Centre on Sunday 26 May because Nottingham city centre will be transformed into a race track for the return of the iconic cycling Milk Race. A … Continue reading

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Heritage Trams for the next week…

As part of our feature “Support our Heritage Tramways” we will continue to bring you a weekly look at when and where you can travel on heritage trams across the UK. Once again if you know of any errors or … Continue reading

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Heritage Bank Holiday in Blackpool

Blackpool Transport are currently preparing for the second stint of heritage tram operation this month over the forthcoming Spring Bank Holiday weekend, 25th – 27th May. This will follow broadly the same pattern as the May Day weekend with two … Continue reading

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Liverpool 762 makes rare nighttime appearance

On Wednesday 8 May former British Trams Online Tram of the Year Liverpool 762 made a rare appearance in service at night on the Birkenhead Heritage Tramway. Following swiftly on from the use of Birkenhead 20 for the BBC’s Great … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Glasgow 488 top deck arrives in Wales

Not previously reported on these pages was the arrival of the top deck of Glasgow 488 at Minffordd on the Ffestiniog Railway joining the lower deck which had of course arrived in March. The top deck was delivered to Wales … Continue reading

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