In Pictures: Blackpool Tramway celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

It probably hasn’t escaped your notice but at the start of June there is an extra Bank Holiday as the country celebrates the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This rare (its almost impossible that anyone reading this will see another Platinum Jubilee in their lifetime) occasion will see a number of events taking place across the country and we also fully expect there to be a number of special liveries on trams and other public transport vehicles across the UK as everyone rushes to mark the occasion. The first tramway off the mark with their own special vinyls is the Blackpool Tramway – although it’s a little of an underwhelming effort.

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Nexus start the search for more apprentices

Nexus are on the look out for nine new apprentices to start in Autumn 2022 – with many of the roles on the Tyne and Wear Metro. With over 90% of apprentices moving either into higher apprenticeships or permanent roles on completion this is an excellent opportunity for people to start their careers.

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Tram Pub Signs: The Foot of the Walk, Edinburgh

We return to take another look at a “Tram Pub Sign” with a trip into Edinburgh and a pub which, unlike all those we have seen in the series so far, will in the near future actually see trams running past again. The pub is owned by Wetherspoons and is the Foot of the Walk in Edinburgh.

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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 an increase in tram movements as drivers are refreshed and also as the repaired Urbos3 are put through their paces ahead of being cleared for service. On Sunday 8th May a small selection of the newer Urbos 100 trams were out on test as captured by Andy Walters.

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Trams return to Halfway!

Its taken its time but Blue route services on Stagecoach Supertram finally returned through to Halfway mid-morning on Wednesday 11th May. Trams had last run to Halfway on Friday 1st April with overhead line problems having caused issues ever since.

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Out and About: Easter trams in Blackpool

We head back to Blackpool for this latest edition of “Out and About” as we see trams waiting at North Pier and Tower between tour duties over the Easter weekend.

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In Pictures: A trip to Crich in early May

Things remain fairly consistent at the Crich Tramway Village with the early season still seeing the museum open Saturday to Thursday every week and most opening days seeing a three tram service in operation. The three trams (occasionally two based on volunteer availability) are generally chosen from a group of nine enclosed cars with no open cars having yet seen use this season. On the day of Trevor Hall’s visit on Saturday 7th May the chosen three were Oporto 273, Sheffield 510 and Liverpool 869 and in this article we see those three running in addition to some views around the depot.

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Performance up on Tyne & Wear Metro (but poster becomes an advert!)

The latest four weekly performance statistics poster from the Tyne and Wear Metro has again been put up at stations across the network and shows a bit of positive news as it is up from the previous month. Sadly after our excitement last time out that it had reverted to the old style with details of service disruption (and allowing us to flesh out this article a bit!) it has this time round included a huge advert on saying goodbye to paper tickets!

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In Pictures: The trams at London Transport Museum’s Acton store

When the London Transport Museum in Covent Gardens last underwent a major redevelopment between 2005 and 2007 there was a major change in emphasis and reduction in large items on display which saw two of the trams previously on view being moved to the Acton store. Those two trams – including one of only three surviving Feltham trams in the world – can be seen at Acton during their relatively regular open days and in this article we take a look at the two.

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In Pictures: Construction work at Balfour Street tramstop in Edinburgh

This article returns to Edinburgh as we see some more of the work recently completed on the Trams to Newhaven project. This time out we are featuring the tramstop at Balfour Street – which will be the third new stop on the line from Edinburgh City Centre.

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In Pictures: Back to school with Blackpool Trailer 687

August 2021 saw a Blackpool tram go to school with orphaned Twin Car Trailer 687 (T7 in old money) acquired by Rossall School and moved there from Wyre Dock where it had been stored under the ownership of the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust. In a pre-arranged visit on 24th November 2021 British Trams Online reader Gareth Taylor was able to capture images of the tram in its new surrounds.

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Out and About: Edinburgh 272 from above and at ground level

“Out and About” is back today as we feature Edinburgh Trams 272 twice – once a standard ground level shot and then later from above.

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Stop by Stop Blackpool Tramway: Victoria Street

Are we nearly there yet?! Yes we are! Today “Stop by Stop” comes to the penultimate stop on the Blackpool Tramway at Victoria Street.

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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 by contractors. Now into May and this work has been completed ready for when trams may start to run once more.

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Nexus release statement after major anti social behaviour incident on the Metro

There was a major anti-social behaviour incident on the Tyne and Wear Metro on Saturday 30th April with a shopping trolley was thrown at a moving train by a group of youths. Following this incident Nexus and Northumbria Police released a joint statement explaining the seriousness of the situation and appealing for information.

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What’s New on British Trams Online? 8th May 2022

Two more photo galleries this week with images from Luas and Beamish:

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In Pictures: Trams still terminate at Beighton/Drake House Lane

It has now been over a month since trams were last able to run through to Halfway on Stagecoach Supertram with Beighton/Drake House Lane remaining a temporary terminus. Although it had been hoped that a full service would be able to resume by Friday 6th May, this has now proven not to be the case “due to further work arising”.

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Around the World in Trams: Stockholm 333

Another visit to Sweden for today’s edition of “Around the World in Trams”.

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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 along Pipers Row and Railway Drive at this point but with a concentration needed on the redevelopment of the railway station things got delayed but its now hoped this will be the last phase of works.

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Luas fare changes from 9th May – and they are reductions!

Now here is a turn up for the books. There will be new fares on Dublin’s Luas tram network from Monday 6th May and instead of the usual increases there will be an average fall of 20%! Yes, that’s right fares will be reduced in a bid to encourage more people to use public transport. The fares are set by the National Transport Authority and its not just Luas which benefits but also Dublin Bus, Go-Ahead Ireland and Iarnrod Eireann’s commuter and DART rail services.

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