West Midlands Metro
|opening||May 30, 1999|
|operator||Midland Metro Ltd.|
|Route length||20.2 km|
|Gauge||1435 mm ( standard gauge )|
|Power system||750 V DC overhead line|
(9 more will be built)
|Cruising speed||35 km / h|
|vehicles||21 CAF Urbos 3|
|Top speed||70 km / h|
|Passengers||13,000 per day (2009/10)|
The currently only Line 1 runs the 20.2 km long connection between Birmingham and Wolverhampton, which opened on May 31, 1999. It largely follows a railway line of the Great Western Railway that has been closed for many years . The southern terminus was at Birmingham Snow Hill Station until 2015 , but has since been extended to Grand Central Station in Birmingham city center . At the northern end of the route, the West Midlands Metro leaves the railway line just before Wolverhampton and travels as a "real" tram to St. George's terminus.
Although the line's success has remained far below expectations for various reasons, several expansions are planned. It was investigated to run the tram in the city center of Birmingham in a tunnel, as is the case, for example, with German light rail vehicles. However, as the costs for this seemed too high, it was decided to conduct an initial phase on the surface. This includes the connection from the station Snow Hill to New Street Station , which in 2015 [date] to be put into operation. By 2017 [obsolete] the route in the south will be extended by two more stops via City Hall to Centenary Square. It is planned to then extend the route further to Edgbaston via Five Ways station. The line is also to be extended at the northern end in Wolverhampton.
A second line is being planned in the center of Birmingham.
From 1996 to 1999, 16 partially low-floor, three-part two-way articulated wagons of the type T-69, each with 56 seats, were delivered by AnsaldoBreda from Italy, twelve of which were still in operation in 2014. They are 24.36 meters long and 2.48 meters wide.
From 2012, 20 five-part articulated Urbos 3 cars were built by Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) in Spain for the Midland Metro. These are 33 meters long and 2.65 meters wide and offer 54 seats. The first four cars were put into operation in September 2014 and all T-69 vehicles could already be replaced in August 2015.
Line 1 is served from 5:15 a.m. to midnight. On weekdays (Mondays to Saturdays) between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., the ride is every 6 to 8 minutes, at other times every 15 minutes. The depot and control center are located near Great Western Street in Wednesbury.
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