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Am I right in thinking that the current or just about to happen tram (authorised) projects are:
Edinburgh. 1 line
Manchester. 3 new lines
Soon to be...
Birmingham. 1 new line
Nottingham. 2 new lines

Not sure if the Sheffield Rotherham tram train idea and the St Albans to Watford tram are actually going to happen.
 

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Albans happening, a private scheme in Preston, Blackpool Refurb, not heard anything about the Sheffield tram train trial since the CSR but last I heard it was going ahead as it was Northern Rail franchise funded.
 

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Dedicated website for Preston's project:
http://www.prestontrampower.co.uk/
Nice one Accura,

I really support the Preston project because it could have a positive effect on lots of cities without tramlines who have lots of disused railway lines (Stoke comes to mind).

One thing Trampower could do is ask for the services of a volunteer trainee 3D visualiser to sort out some better images for them, but apart from that really wish them well.
 

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Im not sure if their claim they could have it open by Christmas is valid, the vehicle never completed its passenger certification in Blackpool did it? So it will have to start again from scratch taking weeks.
 

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Im not sure if their claim they could have it open by Christmas is valid, the vehicle never completed its passenger certification in Blackpool did it? So it will have to start again from scratch taking weeks.
No sadly it caught fire before then and as a complete rebuild will have to do alot of miles before it gets it's certification to carry passengers.
 

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Tinsley Chord Tram Train

Connecting Sheffield and Rotherham by linking the railway to the Supertram network will give better access to jobs, education and leisure facilities

We’re planning to connect Sheffield and Rotherham, by linking the railway and the Supertram networks at Tinsley so that Tram Trains can run between Sheffield Cathedral Tramstop and a new station at Parkgate Shopping Centre, near Rotherham.

The benefits

The proposals will help deliver:

  • Better access to jobs, education and leisure facilities
  • Local job opportunities
  • Improve connections between Sheffield and Rotherham
  • Greener journey options, minimising congestion on the roads
The plans

In order to introduce the Tram Train pilot service, we need to build 150 metres of new track at Tinsley (Tinsley Chord), which will connect the Supertram and railway networks.

The Tinsley Chord is part of the Tram Train pilot scheme, which is a partnership between the Department for Transport (DfT) and Network Rail, Northern Rail Limited, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and Stagecoach Supertram. SYPTE will lead on the delivery of the pilot.

In addition to local benefits the scheme will help to provide, it also forms a national pilot of this innovative technology, which may be adopted by other cities across the country.

To build the chord we will need to:

  • Prepare the ground before laying 150 metres of new track
  • Install overhead line equipment and other track-side equipment to supply power to the Tram Train vehicles
  • Carry out works to adapt the rail network to enable Tram Train vehicles to run
Network Rail is a considerate contractor, and we will work closely with the local authority and community to minimise any potential impacts of the work.

Public consultation

In order to start work on the plans, we need to apply to the Secretary of State for Transport for the necessary powers to build the new section of railway.

Consultation forms an important part of the process and we are keen to hear from members of the local community and other interested parties with their thoughts on the proposals.

Find out more about the proposal, meet the team and have your say about our plans to connect Sheffield and Rotherham at our public exhibition:
The Source Skills Academy, Meadowhall:

  • Friday 6 February 2015, 11am – 7pm
  • Saturday 7 February 2015, 10am – 2pm
From Friday 6 February, you will also be able to leave feedback on our consultation website; via a link available on this page.

http://www.networkrail.co.uk/improvements/tinsley-chord/

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Am I right in thinking that the current or just about to happen tram (authorised) projects are:
Edinburgh. 1 line
Manchester. 3 new lines
Soon to be...
Birmingham. 1 new line
Nottingham. 2 new lines

Not sure if the Sheffield Rotherham tram train idea and the St Albans to Watford tram are actually going to happen.
Think this needs updating...

Manchester 1 line under construction, 1 line planned
Nottingham 2 new lines nearing completion
Birmingham 1 new line nearing completion

Still not sure what's happening with Sheffield Tram Train
 

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Birmingham also has funding to take its one line across the entire city centre, as well as funding for a second line to head out towards the airport.
 

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Birmingham also has funding to take its one line across the entire city centre, as well as funding for a second line to head out towards the airport.
What does that mean? Out to Five Ways?

And beyond the extension that goes past HS2 at Curzon Street and not much further?

Is there any 'full funding' rather than 'a bit of funding to study things' yet?
 

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Still not sure what's happening with Sheffield Tram Train
15th December 2014

Sheffield’s delayed tram-train project should now be up and running by early 2017, project bosses have announced.

http://www.southyorkshiretimes.co.u...ield-to-rotherham-tram-train-scheme-1-7005138

The £60m project - originally announced in 2009 - has been delayed several times, with the most recent target of having it in place by spring 2016 scrapped last month due to design work complications.
But a revised timetable for the pilot project has now been revealed, following the Sheffield City Region devolution deal recently announced by deputy prime minister Nick Clegg that included a Government commitment to support the scheme.
The Stagecoach-operated scheme is intended to allow specialist vehicles to run between Rotherham and Sheffield, using the freight route from Rotherham and joining the Supertram network at Meadowhall South. From early 2017, three Tram Train services will run each hour. The pilot will run for an initial two years, with a view to making the route permanent, and tickets will be fully integrated with Supertram. It is expected to create 35 new jobs.
A consultation on the proposals for work on the tramway at Meadowhall will take place in January and February.
Network Rail route managing director Phil Verster said: “Tram Train will bring lasting benefits to passengers in the Sheffield and Rotherham areas, and detailed design of the infrastructure to support this exciting project is well under way. We assessed our delivery programme and the work needed to adapt the network is expected to be complete to allow Tram Train passenger services to start in January 2017.
“The revised project timescale is also allowing us to improve the alignment of the route at Meadowhall, better utilising the existing tramway stop and creating an improved experience for the passenger.”



South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive interim director general Ben Still said: “The first of seven Tram Trains will arrive in September 201 for testing and people will be able to travel on them on the Supertram network before October 2016.”
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What does that mean? Out to Five Ways?

And beyond the extension that goes past HS2 at Curzon Street and not much further?

Is there any 'full funding' rather than 'a bit of funding to study things' yet?
Yep funding is in place to take the Wolverhampton Line (already being extended to New Street) through Victoria Square, Centenary Square, up Broad Street, terminating just after Five Ways Junction. Full funding is in place.

Then we have full further funding for the start of our second line, it will spur off line one at Corporation Street, past Curzon Street Station, through Digbeth terminating just before the Blues ground. This is anticipated to go onto the airport, however we do not have funding for it to go from Digbeth to the airport as of yet.
 

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Yep funding is in place to take the Wolverhampton Line (already being extended to New Street) through Victoria Square, Centenary Square, up Broad Street, terminating just after Five Ways Junction. Full funding is in place.

Then we have full further funding for the start of our second line, it will spur off line one at Corporation Street, past Curzon Street Station, through Digbeth terminating just before the Blues ground. This is anticipated to go onto the airport, however we do not have funding for it to go from Digbeth to the airport as of yet.
To the airport via the Coventry Road,
or via whatever necessary to go through Chelmsley Wood?


And what is supposed to run between B'ham Airport, B'ham International and B'ham Interchange, or would the tram do that as well, perhaps supplementing something which was a separate system, mavlev-ish or wheely or bus-ish? It all would cost a lot though, wouldn't it?


Is the "spur" just for the route for New St - Curzon St, or will it be a delta?

The only third platform for turning trams short anywhere is half-way to Wolverhampton at the moment, so is another stop going to have three platforms somewhere?




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