Midland Metro LRVs to go catenary-free [IRJ]





Date: 12/02/2016

WEST Midlands transport authority Centro announced on February 12 that it is planning to upgrade Midland Metro's fleet of 21 CAF Urbos low-floor LRVs for catenary-free operation as part of plans to extend the light rail line through Birmingham city centre. The vehicles entered service last year on the 20km line from Wolverhampton to Birmingham Snow Hill, which was extended to Bull Street on December 6. Trams will begin running to Stephenson Street outside the recently-rebuilt New Street station later this year. Retrofitting the Urbos fleet with roof-mounted batteries will enable catenary-free operation on the next phase of the line, a 1.3km extension from Stephenson Street to Centenary Square, which will open in 2019. This will obviate the need to erect catenary in front of the 182-year-old Town Hall in Victoria Square. [From Richard Buckby]


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WEST Midlands transport authority Centro announced on February 12 that it is planning to upgrade Midland Metro's fleet of 21 CAF Urbos low-floor LRVs for catenary-free operation as part of plans to extend the light rail line through Birmingham city c...

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