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Trams stopped running on Friday 29 March and started again on Monday 15 April.

The line between Birmingham and Wolverhampton reopened after engineers had carried out modifications to the platforms - to make way for a £40 million fleet of bigger trams.

 

Whats been going on

Our contractors have had up to 50 workers working on the platforms throughout the closure. 
 

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Platform modifications have been carried out at all 23 stops/46 platform edges along the  route to make sure there is the right amount of room for the new trams.
 
The new Urbos 3 trams (2.65m) are wider than the old T69 trams (2.48m) at the base, which meant that each platform needed to be narrowed by 15cm.

To ensure the existing trams maintained step free boarding at each stop the trams had to be modified to put a wider running board on each vehicle.

90 wider steps have been fitted to the entrances to the trams.

The new Urbos 3 trams are being built in Spain and will start arriving at the newly expanded depot later this year. The trams will then spend several months being completed and tested before coming into service on the Wolverhampton to Birmingham route during 2014.


The extension in Birmingham City Centre will open to the public in spring 2015. 



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