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Old February 18th, 2012, 01:24 PM   #361
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There are now signs hanging on the hoardings on Stephenson Street saying "works being carried out to bring Metro to the heart of the city".

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Old February 18th, 2012, 02:18 PM   #362
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Its either Balfour Beatty, Morgan SIndall or Thomas Vale apparently for the extension works

http://www.rail.co/2012/02/17/fundin...nsion-approved
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Old February 18th, 2012, 05:55 PM   #363
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For those who are not familiar with the stops between Snow Hill and Wolverhampton .The West Bromwich area is really well served with a total of eight stops (Hawthorns to Black Lake) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj_zJ5BwhAc
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Old February 18th, 2012, 09:42 PM   #364
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So some of the Man lines are 12 minutely. Perhaps we're not behind at all then if you consider similar frequency rail services such as the Selly Oak line.
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Old February 18th, 2012, 10:38 PM   #365
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So some of the Man lines are 12 minutely. Perhaps we're not behind at all then if you consider similar frequency rail services such as the Selly Oak line.
Exactly. Birmingham needed heavy rail on the cross city line - metro simply wouldn't have had the capacity
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Old February 18th, 2012, 11:56 PM   #366
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That's a good perspective Q777 - our local rail services are pretty extensive. The Moseley and Fort lines would give us a brilliant service all round with just places like Harborne being without some rail / tram link.
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Old February 19th, 2012, 12:00 AM   #367
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So some of the Man lines are 12 minutely. Perhaps we're not behind at all then if you consider similar frequency rail services such as the Selly Oak line.
10 minutely even, on the cross city line and on the jewelry line
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Old February 19th, 2012, 01:48 AM   #368
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Have the stops between Snow Hill and New Street been finalised?
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Old February 19th, 2012, 01:52 AM   #369
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EDIT: Read it wrong, my mistake.
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Old February 20th, 2012, 10:07 AM   #370
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So some of the Man lines are 12 minutely. Perhaps we're not behind at all then if you consider similar frequency rail services such as the Selly Oak line.
Altrincham-Piccadilly-Bury line on Manchester Metrolink is 10 trams per hour (every 6 mins). The South Manchester Line (Chorlton) is due to go 6 mins once the new signalling works!!!

There is no published timetable for Metrolink. It is a turn up and wait system!

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Old February 20th, 2012, 08:04 PM   #371
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Altrincham-Piccadilly-Bury line on Manchester Metrolink is 10 trams per hour (every 6 mins). The South Manchester Line (Chorlton) is due to go 6 mins once the new signalling works!!!

There is no published timetable for Metrolink. It is a turn up and wait system!
Yes that is true I stand corrected. I was trying to point out though that presumably the main reason metrolink was instigated was a lack of local heavy rail (or replacement of low frequency trains with high frequency trams)

The same cannot be said of Birmingham. Think of pretty much any suburb of the city and it is served with heavy rail as I have stated. Many routes six trains per hour which is as you say turn up and go.

There are some notable exceptions such as harbourne and moseley.

The reason Birmingham needs metro is to plug the gaps mentioned above and because of an over reliance on buses. The roads are clogged up with them when trams would mean increased capacity and therefore less vehicles.

I do think metrolink is a tremendous system by the way.

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Old February 21st, 2012, 07:27 PM   #372
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A mention of the Dudley Metro in the following article :

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2...d-museum-link/
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Old February 25th, 2012, 02:41 AM   #373
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Prior to starting construction of Midland Metro line 1 Centro issued a newsletter to residents and businesses along the route to keep them informed of how it will progress and what effects it might have. I think most people here will not have seen these before so starting with issue 1 of Track Record going back to Christmas 1995.

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Old February 25th, 2012, 12:31 PM   #374
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Thanks a lot for uploading that Metrogogo ; I hadn't seen it before .I notice that in some cases the change in the stop names: Hill Top for Black Lake and Leabrook Rd for Wednesdury Parkway for example .Ironically , some residents who live in the Hill Top area (close to the tunnel) campaigned quite hard not to have station by their houses .Now they are campaigning to get a stop after seeing the benfits that the Metro can bring .

I've managed to find an article about it :

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2...given-the-nod/
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Old February 25th, 2012, 02:56 PM   #375
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Thanks for the link Nacho, Hill top tram stop was originally planed to be located the the other side of hill top tunnel, maybe funding can be found from the extension as i believe all the platforms along the route need to be extended to accommodate the urbos3 trams. Another name change I always thought strange was Monemore Green to Preistfield, surely everyone knows Monemor Green dog racing stadium?
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Old February 25th, 2012, 05:37 PM   #376
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A mention of the Dudley Metro in the following article :

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2...d-museum-link/
That's infuriating - why would they not include a link to a larger version of those plans? I'm having a look around but can't find anything so far - anyone else having any luck?
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Old February 25th, 2012, 11:28 PM   #377
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Thanks a lot for uploading that Metrogogo ; I hadn't seen it before .I notice that in some cases the change in the stop names: Hill Top for Black Lake and Leabrook Rd for Wednesdury Parkway for example .Ironically , some residents who live in the Hill Top area (close to the tunnel) campaigned quite hard not to have station by their houses .Now they are campaigning to get a stop after seeing the benfits that the Metro can bring .

I've managed to find an article about it :

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2...given-the-nod/
I had this same conversation ages ago with someone with regards to huge opposition around the Cov road area many years ago.

I can understand to a certain extent the concerns along Hagley Road but again, the benefits of trams vs. buses outweighs the problems, yet people were coming up with all sorts of bizarre excuses as to why it shouldn't be allowed to go ahead as well as the usual I don't want the front of my land CPO'd. Crikey, most of it is office space!
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Old February 28th, 2012, 10:25 PM   #378
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Not new, but followers of this thread may not have seen this snippet of Central News in November :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGFwT...eature=related
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Old March 2nd, 2012, 06:09 PM   #379
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Here is a piece from Cental News from two weeks ago ; it's worth seeing if only for the conclusions drawn at the end :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhzlv...eature=related

While we're at it , here is a funky Metro video :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR8yeMktgN0
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Old March 5th, 2012, 12:42 AM   #380
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Issue 2 Metro Track Record. Sorry about the quality of this newsletter, they sent me a fhoto copy so I must of been last on there mailing list.

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