Monthly Archives: June 2018

RAIB look into passenger trapping incident on Metrolink

The RAIB have announced that they are been investigating an incident on Manchester Metrolink at the end of May which saw a passenger get their hand trapped in a door as a tram pulled away from Bury.

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In Pictures: Volk’s Electric Railway 6 out on test

The next car to return to service on the Volk’s Electric Railway looks set to be no. 6 which is now undergoing final test running before it being commissioned for public use once again. As we reported recently 6 has … Continue reading

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Area 2 Supertram rail replacement works details released

Work may still be ongoing in the first phase of the 2018 rail replacement works on Stagecoach Supertram but details have now been released of the plans for the next phase which will see the Blue route between Birley Lane … Continue reading

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Free Metrolink travel for Clean Air Day

As part of Clean Air Day on Thursday 21st June passengers travelling on Manchester Metrolink before 0700 and after 1900 will be able to travel without a ticket as part of a drive to encourage people to think about changing … Continue reading

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Blackpool 31 almost ready to go!

Pleasing news to report from the Beamish Museum is that Blackpool 31 will soon be making a very welcome return to passenger service. Since it last carried visitors at the museum back in February 2016, 31 has of course spent … Continue reading

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New book series to be released

Four new books are to be released in a new series which aims to document the rich transport and social history at the heart of Wales’ town and cities. Written by Peter Waller, Lost Tramways of Wales will, unsurprisingly, look … Continue reading

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Services set to resume on Edinburgh Trams

Edinburgh Trams are hopeful that they will be able to resume a normal service from the start of Friday 15th June following the completion of repairs to the infrastructure at Edinburgh Airport after the collision during the evening of Wednesday … Continue reading

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Around the World in Trams: Potsdam 9

Our around the world trip is in Germany for this latest instalment with a view of a historic tram from the system in Potsdam.

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Permission granted for EATM expansion

The biggest expansion of a UK heritage tramway for many years has been given the go-ahead with the wider plan to expand the East Anglia Transport Museum getting planning permission this week. As we first reported back in December 2017 … Continue reading

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Three injured after tram and bus collide at Edinburgh Airport

Three people have been injured after a tram and a bus collided just outside Edinburgh Airport on Wednesday 13th June. The force of the collision caused the front of the tram to leave the tracks with the bus overturning.

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In Pictures: First phase of 2018 Supertram rail replacement works draw to a close

The first phase of Stagecoach Supertram rail replacement works  are starting to come towards a conclusion with the work originally due to be completed by the end of this week. It had been expected that a full service will run … Continue reading

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MER trailer 54 to be returned to service

With work on the joint volunteer/paid staff restoration of MER Ratchet Car 14 coming to a conclusion you would be forgiven to think that those involved would be looking for a rest but far from it as they have announced … Continue reading

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Repairs completed and normal service resumes on Midland Metro

After four days of a revised service the normal full length service between Wolverhampton St George’s and Grand Central resumed from the start of Tuesday 12th June. The repairs on the damaged overhead between Jewellery Quarter and Soho Benson Road … Continue reading

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Picture in Time: Manchester Metrolink 1004

This instalment of Picture in Time heads to Manchester Metrolink for a photo taken in the early days of Manchester Metrolink.

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Eccles line to close for 13 days from late July

No trams will run to Eccles for 13 days from Saturday 28th July to allow construction work to take place connecting the current line with the Trafford Park extension. This period will also enable other maintenance work to take place … Continue reading

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Still no full service on Midland Metro

Passengers wishing to travel the full length of Midland Metro are still subject to a change of trams at Jewellery Quarter with the work to repair the overhead line yet to be completed. The problems have been ongoing since the … Continue reading

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New advert for Metrolink 3103

The latest vinyl wrap advert to be applied on Manchester Metrolink is for Hits Radio Manchester with 3103 the tram to carry the ad. Hits Radio is the new name for Key 103 and thus becomes the second tram to … Continue reading

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Another drop in punctuality for Metrolink

The latest performance stats on Manchester Metrolink have shown that in the four weeks between 29th April and 26th May there was a further deterioration in punctuality across the network. Reliability also saw a drop although this was minimal.

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This week on British Trams Online

We have double the helping of Photo Galleries for you this week with photos from two areas of the Midlands:

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Increase in passengers on Luas

Luas has enjoyed its best year yet for passenger numbers with 37.65 million passenger journeys recorded in 2017 – an increase of 3 million on the previous years figures. The Luas increase is part of a general trend in Ireland … Continue reading

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