Midland Metro

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  1. baz52

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    yes your right sorry, I thought they had all gone now. looks like keeping that for some reason, thank you for letting me know.
     
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    I believe the original reason why they kept it was for ice breaking duties.
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  3. baz52

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    oh right I see thank you.
     
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    4th April Centro signed a deal with CAF to purchase batteries but they wont reveal how much they are paying for them as its 'commercially sensitive'.
     
  5. baz52

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    Midland Metro tram fleet 37 now in service as posted on the britishtramsonline website, it also says that only number 17 to be commissioned now,
     
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    And here it is at the end of the line at Stephenson Street during testing tonight.
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    Some photos from the testing.


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  7. baz52

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    thank you for post those pictures ref midland metro tests, there is also more details about the tests and other metro news and also it says the trams should start going to new street from the 22nd may all being well.
    the website is britishtramsonline.co.uk
    anyway its realy good news.
     
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    Fantastic to see the photos, I've been that caught up in everything I had forgotten the testing was due :oops:

    22nd May eh? Bring it on, same for the construction of the new lines. Come on Birmingham, don't fall even further behind Manchester, let's have a tram network to be proud of too!
     
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    I got up especially [emoji13] not. Just happened to be at work and noticed there was a 37 heading towards me. Spoke to one of the people in charge who was very hopeful of a 22/05 start so fingers crossed.


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  10. baz52

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    yes it great to see the Midland Metro progressing well in the tram test. and looking forward to may 22nd too.
     
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    The opening to New Street has been postponed and all arrangements for May 22nd cancelled. It seems there are still some track problems !!
     
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    Thought they were too close to actually meeting a schedule deadline :lol:

    At the conclusion of this saga there needs to be a review as to what's led to the successive delays in this project. To take upwards of 4 years to complete a 0.6 mile extension is a pretty poor endorsement for metro extensions. However I hope lessons can be rapidly learnt for the following extensions!!
     
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    According to the piece on Midlands Today last night, which I only watched part of, there was testing due to commence around 2300 last night. Assuming that went well, driver training was due to take a week. Who knows, maybe we'll have it running before half term. In 2017!
     
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    Completely agree. The Edinburgh fiasco was bad enough but that, eventually, appeared to come down to very poor management of the project by the council. This extension has caused major problems in the city centre for years and will do absolutely nothing to help those supporting more light rail in the UK. There needs to be a proper enquiry to identify how the project was managed and why the timescale became so ridiculous.
     
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    OK, Edinburgh and Birmingham haven't gone smoothly but already Edinburgh is beating passenger targets and the Leigh extension is on the cards again.
    No mention of Manchester or Nottingham, I notice, perhaps because the extensions are going smoothly
     
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    Nottingham was also significantly delayed.

    It's not that any one specific extension may be relevant (other than to highlight project deficiencies) but more that the whole idea of the UK having the ability to create more light rail must give some of the 'anti' brigade so much amusement. What hope is there for any more significant light rail projects if such a high proportion of those completed in recent times had so many problems and delays ?
     
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    hi all , ref to the midland metro yes it was a pitty about not starting this weekend the 22nd may, as been said regarding some track problems, also been on the local tv news about it to, anyway as they said the other shouldn't be to long before the trams run into the city centre, looks like been doing some work on the track regrinding I guess , some pics about it on another website, but hopefully in the next couple of weeks or so we should begin to see the tram run via city centre.
     
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    It appears that the Inspector's grounds for recommending refusal of this Order were very largely to do with impact on heritage structures. In view of recent events in Manchester, I guess the SoS is being quite courageous in seeking to overrule these.
     
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    I guess Midland Metro's acquisition of the battery technology from the tram manufacturers will help alleviate the environmental impact? (No overhead line equipment?)

    The trams are actually running to New Street on driver training today, so I guess whatever work needed doing to the track was relatively minor and has been done.

    Edit: Video here from the BBC's Peter Plisner on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BBCPeterPlisner/status/734757867669049345


    In other Metro news:

    http://birminghamupdates.com/post/144807795188/prince-of-darkness-ozzy-osborne-to-get-a-metro

    Because nothing's more rock and roll than a pink tram. <D
     
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    My ears!
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    I hope it opens this coming weekend, as driver training has begun:

    http://nxbus.co.uk/the-metro/news/ozzy-osborne-to-name-midland-metro-tram/

    I wonder if someone had to explain to Ozzy what a tram was :lol:
     
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    yes Great to see driver training on the Midland Metro starting yesterday in the city centre, also they say they have to do 7 days training in the city centre, before can start the service to and from New Street. there was also an item about it on the local tv news last night too,
     
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    First trams run on Monday

    http://nxbus.co.uk/the-metro/news/a...ew-timetable-coming-from-monday-30th-may-2016
     
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    Tram 21 was the driver trainer at 1445.
     
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    Give it a few years and it will probably change over to a Nottingham/Edinburgh style buy before you board system
     
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    Does that debit card payment thing start now then? If so it's about time, and maybe Blackpool will also catch up eventually. I've not read the link Kite posted yet, but I am jealous that he'll get it done before I do. Seems to have a habit of doing that, any new track in my local area he gets before I do!
     

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