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Encyclopedia > Midland Metro
Midland Metro
Locale West Midlands, England
Transit type Light Rail
Began operation 1999
System length 20.2 km
No. of lines 1
No. of stations 23
Daily ridership 14,000
Track gauge standard gauge
Operator Travel Midland Metro
Midland Metro tram 05 approaching West Bromwich tram stop

The Midland Metro is a light-rail or tram system in the West Midlands of England. It runs between the cities of Birmingham and Wolverhampton via West Bromwich and Wednesbury. // The West Midlands is an area of central England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article is about light rail systems in general. ... The dominant rail gauge in each country shown Rail gauge is the distance between the inner sides of the two parallel rails that make up a railway track. ... As railways developed and expanded one of the key issues to be decided was that of the rail gauge (the distance between the two rails of the track) which should be used. ... Travel Midland Metro is the name of the company which operates the Midland Metro tram system between Birmingham and Wolverhampton in the UK. Travel Midland Metro is a fully owned subsidary of the National Express Group, who also owns the local bus company Travel West Midlands. ... Download high resolution version (1000x724, 202 KB)A Midland Metro tram sen here at West Bromwich Central station. ... Download high resolution version (1000x724, 202 KB)A Midland Metro tram sen here at West Bromwich Central station. ... A Citadis tram of the Luas system in Dublin, Ireland Changchun LRT, China Shanghai Metro transit station, China A METRORail train approaching Preston Station in downtown Houston, Texas, USA. A LYNX light rail train from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. The Guadalajara urban L-train system (SITEUR), at first a trolleybus... This article refers to public transport vehicles running on rails. ... The County of West Midlands is a metropolitan county in western central England with a population of around 2,600,000 people. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article is about the British city. ... // Wolverhampton is a City in the historical county of Staffordshire and metropolian county of the West Midlands. ... The Public by Will Alsop. ... , For the legal principle, see Wednesbury unreasonableness. ...


The system is owned and promoted by the public transport body Centro, but is operated by a private consortium Travel Midland Metro. The West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive (WMPTE), better known as Centro, is the Passenger Transport Executive responsible for promoting and co-ordinating public transport services throughout the West Midlands county in England. ... Travel Midland Metro is the name of the company which operates the Midland Metro tram system between Birmingham and Wolverhampton in the UK. Travel Midland Metro is a fully owned subsidary of the National Express Group, who also owns the local bus company Travel West Midlands. ...


Midland Metro carries about five million passengers annually.[1]

Contents

History

The Act of Parliament for line 1, a 20-km route from Birmingham Snow Hill station to Wolverhampton city centre via West Bromwich, Wednesbury and Bilston received the Royal Assent in November 1989 following promotion work by West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive. In April 1990, an application for funding under Section 56 was made, and £1.5 million was granted to the project. It was announced in March 1992 that a further £3 million was to be granted by central government, increasing the project funding total to £4.5 million. In the same month, the proposals for routes on line 2 received Royal Assent. Also in March 1992 it was reported that MVA had been commissioned to prepare a Section 56 submission for line 3. In September 1991, proposals were published to connect line 1 to the Bull Ring Shopping Centre and to line 2. Consultants for the Midland Metro project have included WS Atkins, Kennedy Henderson, and Maunsells and Transport Planning Associates.[2] // The granting of Royal Assent is the formal method by which a constitutional monarch completes the legislative process of lawmaking by formally assenting to an Act of Parliament. ... The West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive (WMPTE), better known as Centro, is the Passenger Transport Executive responsible for promoting and co-ordinating public transport services throughout the West Midlands county in England. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Selfridges at the Bullring St Martins Church, with Selfridges in the background The interior of the Bullring The Bull Ring market has been an important feature of Birmingham since the Middle Ages. ... Atkins is a professional services firm providing engineering, design, planning, project management and consulting services. ...


Routes

Midland Metro Line One
Legend
Wolverhampton, St. George's for Wolverhampton
The Royal
Priestfield
The Crescent for Bilston
Bilston Central for Bilston Bus Station
Loxdale
Bradley Lane
Walsall Canal
Wednesbury Parkway for Wednesbury
Wednesbury, Great Western Street
Proposed Line Two Joins Line One
Tame Valley Canal
Black Lake Tunnel 412 yards
Black Lake
Ridgacre Canal
Dudley Street, Guns Village for West Bromwich
Dartmouth Street
Lodge Road, West Bromwich Town Hall
West Bromwich Central for West Bromwich Bus Station
Trinity Way
Kenrick Park for Sandwell
M5 motorway
The Hawthorns for The Hawthorns
Handsworth Booth Street
Winson Green, Outer Circle for Winson Green
Soho, Benson Road for Soho, Birmingham
Jewellery Quarter for Birmingham Jewellery Quarter
Hockley Tunnel 2 160 yards
Hockley Tunnel 1 136 yards
St. Paul's for St Paul's Square, Birmingham
Birmingham and Fazeley Canal
Birmingham Snow Hill for Birmingham

Line 1, the 12½ mile (20.2 km) Birmingham to Wolverhampton route, was opened on 31 May 1999, and runs mostly along the trackbed of the former Great Western Railway line between the two cities, which closed to passenger trains in 1972, although part of the line remained open to goods trains for about 20 years afterwards. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... A Midland Metro tram at its terminus at Wolverhampton St. ... // Wolverhampton is a City in the historical county of Staffordshire and metropolian county of the West Midlands. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Royal tram stop is a tram stop in Wolverhampton, England. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... 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At the southern end, the terminus is Birmingham Snow Hill station in Birmingham city centre. At the northern end, trams move off the former railway formation to run along streets to a terminus at St Georges in Wolverhampton city centre. The station entrance Birmingham Snow Hill station is a railway station located in the centre of Birmingham, England. ... This article is about the British city. ... Wolverhampton St Georges tram station is a tram stop in Wolverhampton, England. ... // Wolverhampton is a City in the historical county of Staffordshire and metropolian county of the West Midlands. ...


The Wednesbury Great Western Street tram stop occupies roughly the same site as the former Great Western Railway station, closed in 1964.


The contract for building the first phase of the Midland Metro was awarded to the Altram consortium in August 1995, and construction began three months later with a targeted completion date of August 1998. Trams were not up and running until nine months after that forecasted date.


Expansion plans

Although fewer people use the trams than expected, expansion to the system is planned, including in the near future an on-street extension through Birmingham city centre running close to Birmingham New Street Station, when the station is redeveloped, then to Five Ways (via Broad Street) and Edgbaston (one of the criticisms of the current system is that it does not serve directly the shopping area of Birmingham), and a branch from Wednesbury to the Merry Hill Shopping Centre and onto Brierley Hill town centre. An order authorising the city centre extension was made in July 2005.[3] This article is about the British city. ... The tracks at the eastern end of Birmingham New Street station Class 390 no. ... Five Ways is an area of Birmingham, England. ... Broad Street as seen from above Broad Street is a major thoroughfare to the immediate West of Birmingham city centre. ... Edgbaston constituency shown within Birmingham Edgbaston is an area and ward in the city of Birmingham in England. ... The Merry Hill Shopping Centre is a shopping centre in Brierley Hill, West Midlands, England. ... Map sources for Brierley Hill at grid reference SO9286 Brierley Hill is a town in Dudley Metropolitan Borough, West Midlands, England. ...




Line One Extension

Line One Extension
Legend
St Chads
Bull Street
Corporation Street
Birmingham New Street
Victoria Square
Centenary Square. Alight for National Indoor Arena
Birmingham Canal Main Line
Brindleyplace. Alight for National Sea Life Centre
Five Ways
Edgbaston

There had been talk of running the tram line through Birmingham city centre in tunnels, rather than through the streets. However the council axed this option in October 2005.[4] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This will replace Snow Hill Tram Stop as the Midland Metro runs via the road after leaving St Pauls Tram Stop. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Bull Street is a proposed stop for the planned extension of Line one of the Midland Metro. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This a proposed stop for the planned extension of Line one of the Midland Metro. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The tracks at the eastern end of Birmingham New Street station Class 390 no. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This a proposed stop for the planned extension of Line one of the Midland Metro. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This a proposed stop for the planned extension of Line one of the Midland Metro. ... The NIA The National Indoor Arena (NIA) situated in Birmingham, England was opened in 1991. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links BSicon_uWBRÜCKE.svg‎ author: Martin Cordon, source: modification of file BSicon_WBRÜCKE.svg with free use licensing found in Wikimedia Commons. ... The BCN Main Line, or Birmingham Canal Navigations Main Line describes the evolving route of the Birmingham Canal between Birmingham and Wolverhampton in England. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham, England is an aquarium with over 60 displays of freshwater and marine life. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This a proposed stop for the planned extension of Line one of the Midland Metro. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This a proposed stop for the planned extension of Line one of the Midland Metro. ...


The tram line will run along the street and at points such as Suffolk Queensway will go over the road on a bridge. The developers of V Building, a development alongside Suffolk Queensway, paid £5 million towards the proposed construction of the tram line along Broad Street. The V Building (formerly known as Arena Central Tower and briefly as Arena Square Tower) is a 51 storey residential skyscraper proposed to be built on Broad Street in the city centre of Birmingham, United Kingdom as part of a larger development called Arena Central. ...


Once completed it is expected the trams will operate a turn-up-and-go service, seven days a week through the centre of Birmingham, with an estimated journey time of 13 minutes between Snow Hill Station and Edgbaston Shopping Centre.


As part of the redevelopment adjacent to Snow Hill Station, a viaduct is being constructed that will carry the Metro from the current alignment into the streets of Birmingham.


Line 2

Midland Metro Line Two
Legend
Proposed Line Two Joins Line One
Tame Valley Canal
Golds Hill
Walsall Canal
Great Bridge
Horseley Road
Dudley Port. Change here for trains to the south & north
Birmingham New Main Line Canal (under aqueduct)
Sedgely Road
Birmingham Old Main Line Canal
Birmingham New Road
Tipton Road

Preliminary work on the section of the Midland Metro between Wednesbury and Brierley Hill (via Dudley) has begun. The first phase of the work started in August 2005, with the reconstruction of the 50-year-old Tipton Road overbridge in Dudley. It was completed the following year. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links BSicon_uABZa. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links BSicon_uWBRÜCKE.svg‎ author: Martin Cordon, source: modification of file BSicon_WBRÜCKE.svg with free use licensing found in Wikimedia Commons. ... The Tame Valley Canal is a relatively late (1844) canal in the West Midlands of England. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links BSicon_uWBRÜCKE.svg‎ author: Martin Cordon, source: modification of file BSicon_WBRÜCKE.svg with free use licensing found in Wikimedia Commons. ... The Walsall Canal is a narrow (7 foot) canal, seven miles long, forming part of the Birmingham Canal Navigations, and passing around the western side of Walsall, West Midlands, England. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Horseley Road tram stop is the planned and proposed site of the midland metro line two this will be the fourth stop on the proposed route from Wednesbury - Brierley Hill. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Dudley Port is a proposed stop on Midland Metro Line Two being planned by Centro between Wednesbury and Brierley Hill. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links BSicon_uWTUNNEL.svg‎ File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... The BCN Main Line, or Birmingham Canal Navigations Main Line describes the evolving route of the Birmingham Canal between Birmingham and Wolverhampton in England. ... For other uses, see Aqueduct (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Sedgely Road is a proposed stop on Midland Metro Line Two being planned by Centro between Wednesbury and Brierley Hill. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links BSicon_uWBRÜCKE.svg‎ author: Martin Cordon, source: modification of file BSicon_WBRÜCKE.svg with free use licensing found in Wikimedia Commons. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Birmingham New Road is a proposed stop on Midland Metro Line Two being planned by Centro between Wednesbury and Brierley Hill. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Tipton Road is a proposed stop on Midland Metro Line Two being planned by Centro between Wednesbury and Brierley Hill. ... Map sources for Dudley at grid reference SO9390 Dudley is a town in the West Midlands, England. ...


Where it is proposed to leave line 1 in Wednesbury, line 2 will follow the disused South Staffordshire Line, which closed in 1993, through Sandwell to Dudley. This part of the route has the potential to run alongside heavy rail, already common practice in other countries as well as along part of line 1. The line heading eastwards from Birmingham, using a new trackbed, will probably be completed later. The South Staffordshire Line is a railway line opened between Walsall (Staffordshire) and Stourbridge (Worcestershire) in 1850. ...


After sharing the railway corridor to Dudley Town Centre, the Metro will run on-street before travelling alongside the Dudley Southern Bypass and then again running along the existing railway corridor, passing through industrial and residential areas until it turns into the Waterfront/Merry Hill area to Brierley Hill.


The first trams are scheduled to begin running in 2011. At March 2007 the extension to line 2 has been officially put on hold due to financial difficulties, mainly due to compensation issues with the existing line.


According to Centro/Network West Midlands the following information is the level of service for line 2.

  • Journey Times
    • Dudley to Wednesbury - 12 min 30 sec
    • Brierley Hill to Dudley - 11 min
    • Brierley Hill to West Bromwich - 31 min
    • Dudley to Wolverhampton - 27 min 30 sec
    • Dudley to Bull Street - 35 min
  • Service Frequency
    • Five trams per hour Brierley Hill to Wolverhampton each way
    • Five trams per hour Brierley Hill to Edgbaston each way

Other planned extensions

Midland Metro/Network West Midlands has given more information on the planed extensions which are as follows.


Birmingham City Centre to Great Barr

A route is planned from the City Centre through Lancaster Circus and along the A34 corridor to a terminus near the M6 motorway junction 7. The A34 is a major road in England. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


A Park and Ride site is being considered for this route to attract motorists out of their cars and help to alleviate congestion on this very busy arterial route to and from the city. There will be 17 stops along the 10-km route. This route will provide a frequent link from Birmingham City Centre to Perry Barr One Stop, the Birmingham City University, Scott Arms and the Alexander Stadium. A large part of this route lies within the South Black Country and West Birmingham regeneration zone. Construction of this route is expected to help regenerate the local economy and boost employment opportunities. a park-and-ride bus in Oxford Park and ride terminals are public transport stations that allow commuters to drive short distances in their personal automobiles to catch a ride on a bus or railroad system (usually classified as light rail or the heavier commuter rail). ... Birmingham City University (formerly Birmingham Polytechnic and the University of Central England in Birmingham) is a University in the city of Birmingham, England. ... The Alexander Stadium is the main athletics stadium in Birmingham, the largest city in the Midlands of England. ...

  • Journey Times
    • Great Barr to Bull Street - 23 min
    • Perry Barr One Stop to Broad Street - 18 min
    • Six Ways, Aston to New Street Station - 11 min
  • Service Pattern
    • Peak (07.00-19.00): every four to six minutes
    • Off peak: every 10 minutes

New high capacity vehicles will be able to carry over 200 passengers with zero emissions, reducing pollution and improving air quality in town centres. Great Barr is a large and loosely-defined area which straddles the boundaries of Birmingham, West Bromwich (Sandwell) and Walsall, West Midlands, England. ... Perry Barr constituency shown within Birmingham Perry Barr is an area in north Birmingham, England . ... Aston is an area of the City of Birmingham, in the West Midlands of England. ...


Birmingham City Centre to Quinton

This route is planned from the Birmingham City Centre Extension terminus at Five Ways along the Hagley Road to Quinton. Quinton is a suburb on the western edge of Birmingham, England. ...


Stops along the route will provide interchange with bus services and access to nearby residential, schools, leisure and shopping areas.


The route is still considering options with a possible terminus in the area of M5 junction 3 with a Park and Ride site; this would help to alleviate congestion on the Hagley Road. There will be nine stops along the 7.5-km route. Part of the route lies within the South Black Country and West Birmingham Regeneration Zone. Construction of this route is expected to help regenerate the local economy and boost employment opportunities. The M5 near J28, Devon This article concerns the M5 motorway in England. ...

  • Journey Times
    • Five Ways to park and ride site - 19 min
    • Wolverhampton Road to International Convention Centre - 16 min
    • Park and Ride to Corporation Street - 28 min

Birmingham city centre to Birmingham International Airport

The planned route from Birmingham International Airport/ NEC will take Metro along the A45 corridor serving The Wheatsheaf, Yardley, Small Heath and Digbeth on its way into the city centre. Working in partnership with the airport expansion team, Metro will form part of its key access arrangements for staff and customers. There are two cities named Birmingham with international airports: See either Birmingham International Airport (UK) Birmingham International Airport (US) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Atrium entrance 2 at the NEC The interior of a section of the atrium The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is the seventh largest exhibition centre in Europe, located in Solihull, near Birmingham, England. ... Categories: Stub | Birmingham, England ... Sparkbrook and Small Heath constituency shown within Birmingham Small Heath is an inner-city area within the city of Birmingham, West Midlands, England. ... Digbeth is an area of Birmingham, England. ...


Consideration is still being given to locations for Park and Ride sites along this key transport corridor. There will be 18 stops along the 14-km route. A large part of this route lies within the East Birmingham and North Solihull Regeneration Zone. Construction of this route is expected to help regenerate the local economy and boost employment opportunities.

  • Journey Times
    • Airport to Bull Street - 29 min
    • Swan to Wheatsheaf - 5 min
    • Digbeth to Airport - 23 min

Wolverhampton, Wednesfield, Willenhall, Walsall and Wednesbury

The Metro 5Ws route will connect Wolverhampton, Wednesfield, Willenhall, Walsall and Wednesbury, serving many residential, leisure, retail, business and regeneration areas along its route, as well as providing direct access to New Cross and Manor Hospitals.


The route is proposed to leave line 1 in Wolverhampton and loop around the city centre in a clockwise direction connecting to the bus and rail stations. Then it will run on the highway through Heath Town until diverting into the hospital grounds to serve New Cross hospital. The route continues to Willenhall running to the north of the town centre before joining a former rail route into Reedswood and Walsall. Metro will then be on street serving the town centre, bus station, rail station, Art Gallery, Leather Museum and Manor Hospital before it again joins a former rail route to Darlaston and onto Wednesbury where it connects with the bus station before joining line 1 at the Wednesbury Great Western Street stop. Through journeys to Brierley Hill or Birmingham will be possible.


There will be 25 stops on the 20.4-km route. To operate this route, an extra 15 trams will be required.

  • Journey Times
    • Whole route - 42 min
    • Wolverhampton St. George's to New Cross - 8 min
    • New Cross to Manor Hospital - 22 min
    • Walsall to Wednesbury - 12 min

The route will serve the key regeneration areas along the way providing a sustainable and attractive form of public transport, which will open up new journey opportunities and provide access to and from many areas of employment.

  • Metro is a key part of the Wolverhampton Interchange project and will link the redeveloped rail and bus stations.
  • Metro will access the proposed new town square in Wednesfield.
  • Working with Walsall Regenco, Metro will serve the proposed new developments in the brownfield sites in Walsall Town Centre – Tesco, Walsall College and new office accommodation.
  • The route will also serve the bus and rail station in Walsall Town Centre as well as the existing attractions.
  • Metro will provide access to the £140 million redevelopment of the Manor Hospital.
  • Metro will then continue on to serve the Darlaston Strategic Development area. This major strategic site of 54 acres at Darlaston has the potential to create between 2,500 and 4,500 jobs over two phases. Although requiring substantial investment to bring the land back into productive use, the creation of serviced sites to accommodate new logistics and distribution hubs will provide attractive locations for major national and international companies looking to establish a regional West Midlands.
  • Metro will then serve the bus station in Wednesbury before joining in to line 1 and the Wednesbury to Brierley Hill route at Wednesbury Great Western Street stop.

Current situation

Any expansion is currently on hold until a proposed review in 2008 when further funds may be released[1], this may apply only to line 2, not to the extension into Birmingham City Centre.


Vehicles and services

Tram 13 on former railway section

Metro operates a fleet of 16 Type T-69 articulated two-car trams, which were built by Ansaldobreda, S.P.A. in Italy. Vehicles are numbered 01-16 and have a top speed of 43.5 mph (70 km/h). Each tram has 56 seats and can carry 208 passengers, and also has wheelchair access. They have three entrances on each side and entered service in 1999. They have an integral master controller with a bar at the top that drivers must hold straight to mobilise the vehicle: if drivers cease to do so whilst the tram is in motion, it acts as a dead man's handle and the power is cut and the track brakes apply. Download high resolution version (996x824, 300 KB)A Midland Metro tram seen heading away from West Bromwich station towards Birmingham. ... Download high resolution version (996x824, 300 KB)A Midland Metro tram seen heading away from West Bromwich station towards Birmingham. ... Logo for Breda Costruzioni Ferroviarie as seen on car #4063 on the Washington Metro. ... A dead mans switch (for other names, see Alternative names), as its name suggests, is a device intended to stop a machine in case the human operator becomes incapacitated, and is a form of fail-safe. ... Track brakes are a form of braking unique to railbourne vehicles. ...


Throughout most of the day services run at eight-minute intervals, less frequently at weekends. Trams are to be repainted in the silver, pink and purple colours of Network West Midlands. The first tram to receive the updated colours is tram 9.[5], which was delivered from Crewe at the end of April. It has undergone extensive testing prior to its reintroduction to the fleet. It is also mentioned in Tramlines, an online magazine by Midland Metro. [2] The date when the refurbished tram entered service was in June, some three months later than published in the February edition of Tramlines.


List of Trams by name and number

Tram 06 in Wolverhampton city centre.
Newly refurbished tram 09 at Wednesbury Depot after the incident in December 06
Fleet Number Tram Name Livery
01 Sir Frank Whittle Midland Metro
02 Midland Metro
03 Ray Lewis Midland Metro
04 Midland Metro
05 Sister Dora Midland Metro
06 Alan Garner Midland Metro
07 Network West Midlands
08 Joseph Chamberlain Midland Metro
09 Jeff Astle Network West Midlands
10 John Stanley Webb Midland Metro
11 Theresa Stewart Midland Metro
12 Midland Metro
13 Anthony Nolan Midland Metro
14 James Eames Midland Metro
15 Agenoria Midland Metro
16 Gerwyn John Midland Metro

According to British Trams Online the T-69s are to be replaced with a fleet of 40 new vehicles from an as yet unknown supplier. The T-69s have had reliability problems since introduction and with each vehicle being different to all others maintenance is very difficult. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 462 pixelsFull resolution (1000 × 578 pixel, file size: 219 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)A Midland Metro tram in Wolverhampton city centre. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 462 pixelsFull resolution (1000 × 578 pixel, file size: 219 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)A Midland Metro tram in Wolverhampton city centre. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Frank Whittle speaking to employees of the Flight Propulsion Research Laboratory (Now known as the NASA Glenn Research Center), USA, in 1946 Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, OM, KBE, FRS, Hon FRAeS (1 June 1907–9 August 1996) was an English Royal Air Force officer and is seen as the... Sister Dora (born Dorothy Wyndlow Pattison, 16 January 1832, at Hauxwell, Yorkshire; died 1878) was a 19th century nurse in Walsall, Staffordshire. ... The Rt. ... The Astle Gates at The Hawthorns Jeffrey (Jeff) Astle (13 May 1942 – 19 January 2002) was an English footballer. ... The Anthony Nolan Trust is a UK charity that focuses on leukaemia and bone marrow transplantation. ... Foster, Rastrick and Company was one of the pioneering steam locomotive manufacturing companies of England. ...


Accidents and incidents

A minor incident occurred soon after the service began: a car ignored the traffic lights and drove staight in front of a moving tram, which then pushed it into a metal structure in the middle of the Wolverhampton ring road. The Express & Star newspaper published it as headline news with the title 'Number 1' which left many readers confused at the time, but this title makes more sense now that other incidents have occurred since. A graph with 6 vertices (nodes) and 7 edges. ... The Express & Star is a right wing leaning evening newspaper based in Wolverhampton, England, publishing 11 different editions covering the Black Country, Birmingham and areas of the wider West Midlands from Tamworth to Kidderminster. ...


On 19 December 2006, a tram travelling towards Birmingham collided with another that had stopped due to a technical fault near Soho Benson Road tram stop.[6] Around 40 passengers were on board when the incident happened. 16 passengers were taken to hospital while other passengers suffered from bruises.[7] A Rail Accident Investigation Branch investigation concluded that the following tram was unable to stop in time to prevent the accident because "driver did not modify their driving technique when dazzled by the low lying winter sun" and "was too late in applying the tram’s hazard brake". They cited as contributory factors reduced vision caused by the sun, a problem with the sunblind fitted to the tram, and the lack of a requirement that trams causing an obstruction display hazard warning lights.[8] is the 353rd day of the year (354th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Soho, Benson Road tram stop is a tram stop in Soho, Birmingham England. ... The Rail Accident Investigation Branch is a government agency that became operational on 17 October 2005. ...


In June 2007, vandalism caused damage to overhead power lines and brought the system to a halt.[9]


Publications

Midland Metro has had a number of in-house publications. The current publication is entitled Tram Lines and the first issue was in February 2007. The two-sided information sheet provides information on maintenance, on-going projects and competitions[3]. The previous publication was entitled Track Record and featured news articles and progress reports on the proposed extensions.


British Transport Police

The police force responsible for policing the Metro is the British Transport Police. Officers are based in Wednesbury. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch have a statutory responsibility to investigate any accident or dangerous occurrence. The British Transport Police (BTP) is a non-Home Office national police service responsible for policing the railway system throughout Great Britain. ... The Rail Accident Investigation Branch is a government agency that became operational on 17 October 2005. ...


See also

The following are the route maps and planned route maps of the Midland Metro system, in the West Midlands of England. ... Due in part to its location in central England, Birmingham is a major transport hub. ... The Light Rail Transit Association (LRTA) was formed in 1937. ...

References

  1. ^ Annual Stats 2005-06. Centro.
  2. ^ Barry J. Simpson (1994). Urban Public Transport Today. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 0419187804. 
  3. ^ The Midland Metro (Birmingham City Centre Extension, etc.) Order 2005. Office of Public Sector Information (2005).
  4. ^ Underground Metro line plan axed. BBC News (2005-10-17).
  5. ^ Express & Star, 19 April 2007
  6. ^ Investigation into a collision on the Birmingham Metro. Rail Accident Investigation Branch. Retrieved on 2007-04-08.
  7. ^ Tram collision causes injuries. BBC News (2006-12-19).
  8. ^ Tram collision at Soho Benson Road, Midland Metro. Rail Accident Investigation Branch (June 2007). Retrieved on 2007-06-18.
  9. ^ Commuters face further day of woe. BBC News (2007-06-01).

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