The Metro really is only a use-it-if-you-have-to service.
I've only ever used the Metro for "just for a ride" but then again I've only ever used it with a Daytripper which I've also bought for leisure travel. The Single and Return fares are extremely expensive.Interesting how people's opinions differ, I go on it just for the ride..
We don't set the fares at all though - I just want to make that crystal clear! Centro decides what fares are on ALL public transport in the West Midlands and provide subsidies for those operators who would need them when running services as demanded by Centro. So if anyone wishes to take up a complaint about fare structures, by all means contact Centro.
Single line section into Birmingham Snow Hill from St Pauls:
That section is a legacy from when BSH was rebuilt in the 1980's with that multi-storey car park above. The supporting pillars meant that when BSH was rebuilt for local rail, only a single track could fit under there. When Metro was built, we 'borrowed' the existing trackbed and Platform 4 of the new station and had to squeeze in there as best as could be done. All the subsequent tram stop construction was done knowing that it would not be a permanent fixture - indeed as will happen very soon the whole tramstop will go when the extension opens, and it will be handed back to Network Rail / London Midland. The 'annoying' wait at St Pauls is for safety and signalling reasons to prevent a head-on collision between opposing trams where there is restricted visibility around those car park pillars. I was involved in the safety trials many years ago during the nights, where we deliberately had two trams heading for each other to measure the lines of sight. It was quite shocking to see how close we
were to each other (potentially at speeds of up to 50Kph) before visual contact was made - so the restrictions we have today are to stop anything like that
happening. Sorry for the delays but we do want to arrive at BSH in one piece
with passenger's safety paramount.
As a side of issue with that wait and some do seem longer than others iis that
down to loading at snow hill, or do some trams get to st pauls quicker, does it
just seem longer etc or is it a mixture?