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Old June 19th, 2014, 11:10 AM   #21
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More photos on testing of new CAF Urbos 3 trams in Birmingham, taken from Birmingham subforum:

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The superb Urbos3 tram. A few images of tram 20 which had a public viewing today at Wolverhampton's St Georges tram terminus.

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Old June 29th, 2014, 01:34 AM   #22
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Really would love to see the Metro network expand quickly towards Centenary Square, Broad St and Fiveways area! It's very much needed!
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Old July 18th, 2014, 04:38 PM   #23
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From Network Rail, timelapse of new look of Birmingham New Street station:

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Old August 14th, 2014, 06:23 PM   #24
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Midland Metro CAF LRVs set to enter service
Thursday, August 14, 2014





WEST MIDLANDS transport authority Centro announced on August 14 that its new £40m fleet of CAF Urbos LRVs will be introduced on the Midland Metro on September 5, when the first four vehicles will enter passenger service on the 20km line from Birmingham City Centre to Wolverhampton.

The 20 five-section low-floor vehicles will replace the fleet of 16 AnsaldoBreda T69 trams supplied for the opening of the line in 1999, allowing frequencies to be increased and providing additional capacity for the 1.4km extension from Birmingham Snow Hill to New Street station, which is due to open in 2015.

The vehicles are being assembled at CAF's Zaragoza plant in Spain and are being delivered to Midland Metro's Wednesbury depot at a rate of one unit per month.

Each Urbos vehicle accommodates 210 passengers, compared with 156 on the T69. Centro says that the introduction of the new LRVs and operation of 10 services per hour per direction will increase capacity by 40%, easing overcrowding during peak periods.

Centro also announced on August 14 that preliminary works have begun on a further 1.3km extension from Birmingham New Street to Centenary Square. The £90m project is being funded through the British government's Local Growth Fund and Local Enterprise Partnerships in the West Midlands and is the first phase of the extension to Five Ways and Edgbaston
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Old August 14th, 2014, 07:23 PM   #25
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New Street Station has gone from being one kind of really hideous form of temporarily fashionable architecture to another. I hate blobular Gehry-esque stuff.
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Old August 20th, 2014, 04:36 PM   #26
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From Global Rail News:

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Decision to order more new Midland Metro trams to be made by end of the year
20 AUG, 2014



Centro’s metro programme director has said a decision will be made later this year as to whether or not the authority will exercise an option for additional Urbos 3 trams.

On September 5, the first of 21 new magenta light rail vehicles (LRVs) will begin operating between Wolverhampton and Birmingham Snow Hill station.

During a test run on August 19, Paul Griffiths, metro programme director at Centro, said a decision to procure additional trams would be made by the end of the year, by which time all 21 of the current order are expected to have been delivered

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Old August 23rd, 2014, 09:22 PM   #27
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Official from Centro:

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Work to start on £4.5 million tram track upgrade
22 August 2014

A £4.5 million project to upgrade the on-street Midland Metro tram tracks through Wolverhampton will start next month, it was announced today

The work, which is scheduled to begin on Saturday September 6 and take around 12 weeks to complete, will see the badly worn tracks in Bilston Road taken out and replaced.

The upgrade by public transport co-ordinator Centro will help the Metro maintain its 99 per cent reliability while offering passengers a much quieter, smoother ride

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Old August 28th, 2014, 08:26 PM   #28
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Latest progress on Metro extension to the city centre, taken from Birmingham subforum:

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Photo update, the utility works is probably in connection with the decision to double track the tramway with a crossover instead of the single track head shunt that was originally planed.

Birmingham Tramway Extension by metrogogo, on Flickr

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House of Fraser flying the flag for the Metro on top of the canopy along Corporation St.
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It appears that they have changed the final design from a dark block paving finish to a tarmac one, shame really, the tramway will loose a lot of It's visual impact, although, I think the various pedestrian crossing points will still be blocked paved in a light Grey stone. Some photos from yesterday showing the hot tarmac being poured. Hats of to the two contractors in the way they have to contort themselves, especially the one balanced on the tram rail.

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Old September 4th, 2014, 05:32 PM   #29
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Latest progress on Metro extension, taken from Birmingham subforum:

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Work along the extension is rapidly moving forward with concrete being poured along Stephenson, Corporation and Bull Streets, and shuttering for the first concrete pours at other locations.

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Old September 5th, 2014, 07:13 PM   #30
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Official from Centro:

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New Midland Metro trams launched into service
05.09.2014



The first of a £40 million fleet of new Midland Metro trams went into service today (Friday September 5) marking the start a major expansion programme for the light rail system.

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council and Cllr Darren Cooper, Leader of Sandwell Council, officially launched the new trams by cutting a ribbon at Snow Hill Station in Birmingham.

The four new trams, which are bigger and offer a smoother, quieter ride than the existing models, are part of a 20-strong fleet coming into service over the next few months on the route between Snow Hill and Wolverhampton

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Old September 6th, 2014, 12:54 PM   #31
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More photos of new trams, taken from Birmingham subforum:

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It's great to see the new trams in service at last, really looking forward to seeing them on the streets of Birmingham next year.

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I was in Birmingham a few days ago and they seem to be making good progress on the city centre tram lines now.
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I was in Birmingham a few days ago and they seem to be making good progress on the city centre tram lines now.
This is off topic but Brits use word tram not street car?
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I've never heard anybody say Street Car unless it's one named Desire.....
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Old September 6th, 2014, 02:23 PM   #35
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Indeed. Streetcar is only North American I believe. We say trams - I never knew the word streetcar until I joined SSC!
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Old September 6th, 2014, 02:37 PM   #36
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Well, Germans say Straßenbahn.
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Yep, but their general symbol is still the word "Tram" in white letters in a red square these days on all signs that I've seen for their networks despite the German direct translation being closer to the North American. Even here in Sweden with the word Spårvägn, they still use the word tram to describe it to English speakers.
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Old September 24th, 2014, 06:13 PM   #38
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Taken from Birmingham subforum, progress continues on new Midland Metro extension:

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Construction Update.

Utility works, corner of Ethel St and Stephenson St.
Birmingham tramway Extension. by metrogogo, on Flickr

Platform/kerb foundation work outside New St Station.
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Glazing at Waterstones.
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This building is known as Queens Corner, so I'm wondering if we can call this section of track the Queen's Curves? or will it be a case of off with is head.
Birmingham tramway Extension. by metrogogo, on Flickr

Jet washing in preparation for the polymer pour.
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New rails being positioned at No 1 Snowhill.
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And from the opposite direction.
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Timelapse of new roof for Birmingham New Street station:

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