Monthly Archives: October 2021

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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Duke of Gloucester officially launches Newcastle 102 after restoration

HRH Duke of Gloucester was on hand at a special members day at the Crich Tramway Village on Wednesday 20th October to drive Newcastle 102 out of the Workshop to re-launch it after its Tramcar Sponsorship Organisation funded restoration. Although … Continue reading

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Metrolink 3131 enters service

What is about the day after we run an article on Manchester Metrolink’s M5000s saying so-and-so hasn’t entered service yet?! We recently reported on the delivery of 3132 to Queen’s Road Depot on 16th October and said at the time … Continue reading

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Five Metro trains to be made available for community groups

Local communities are being asked to put their proposals forward for new uses for five of the original Metrocars which will be withdrawn from service on the Tyne and Wear Metro network from 2023. Nexus are looking for creative and … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Works start at city end of Leith Walk

The next significant stage of tram construction works in Edinburgh have now got underway with a new worksite created at the city end of Leith Walk which will, in time, see the existing line to York Place connected with the … Continue reading

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Birkenhead set to welcome a second transport museum?

In an announcement which came as a bit of a surprise National Museums Liverpool have announced plans for a new transport museum in Birkenhead, with funding coming from the government’s Town Deal Fund. £25 million has been awarded to Wirral … Continue reading

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Metrolink trams join the Destination: Bee Network Conversation

A public conversation – like a consultation but different! – into the plans for Greater Manchester’s Bee Network which would see a fully integrated transport network in the region by 2024 (buses, trams, cycling and walking) with trains being included … Continue reading

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