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Midland Metro show off £40m trams to public

Members of the public will get the chance to go on one of the Midland Metro's new trams tomorrow.

£40 million has been spent upgrading the fleet, and five out of a eventual 20 trams are being tested at the main depot in Wednesbury.

They'll be in full service by the summer, but passengers can have an early look at one of the high-tech trams at Birmingham Snow Hill station tomorrow. Chris Halpin reports.


Metro chief: New trams will benefit economy

The general manager of Midland Metro has welcomed five new £1.8 million trams set to hit the tracks in the summer.

Dean Watkins told ITV News Central around five million people use the line every year, and said the new trams could "only be a good thing" for the region, both in terms of improving public transport and by encouraging investment.

New £40m Midland Metro fleet unveiled to public

One of the new Midland Metro trams Credit: ITV News Central

One of the Midland Metro's new £40million fleet of trams will go on show to the public for the first time tomorrow.

A total of 20 new trams are being built in Spain, and so far five have been delivered to the Midland Metro depot in Wednesbury. Each costs £1.8m, and the new trams will be able to carry a third more passengers.

One of the existing Midland Metro trams Credit: ITV News Central

ITV News Central were invited to see inside one of the new trams, ahead of the public viewing at Birmingham Snow Hill on Saturday 5th April.

They replace the older trams which have been running between Wolverhampton and Birmingham for 15 years, since the line first opened in 1999. It's all part of the £126 million upgrade to the line which is being extended to Birmingham New Street.

Centenary event 'great chance to celebrate bus history'

The organiser of today's event marking the centenary of Coventry's first motorbus - held at the Coventry Transport Museum - has welcomed the opportunity to celebrate the city's transport heritage.

Clint Hancox said:

Coventry has a long history of both operating and building buses. This is a great opportunity to celebrate that history but also to enjoy a great family day out. Many children have never been on a bus with a conductor so this will be a great day out and experience for them.

Transport museum marks centenary of first motorbus

The Coventry Transport Museum is hosting an event today to mark one hundred years since the first bus operated in the city.

A combination of 15 vintage and modern buses will be displayed outside the museum in Millennium Place, some dating back to 1940.

Today also marks 40 years since the West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive took over from Coventry Transport.


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Hundreds of British built buses for Birmingham

If you take the bus in the West Midlands it could be all change for you by the end of the year. National Express West Midlands has made an £100 million order with British firm Alexander Dennis for around 540 vehicles.

The single decker and double decker buses will be made at a factory in Scarborough, and another in Falkirk in Scotland, supporting more than 2000 jobs. The bus company say the additions to its fleet will have the very latest technology. Chris Halpin reports.

New West Midlands buses on road by end of year

Speaking about the deal to bring more than 550 new buses to routes across Birmingham & the Black Country, the Managing Director of National Express said:

"This deal will ensure the £100m invested on improvements to our services over the coming years will not just benefit our customers, who will have great new buses, but will also give the British economy a big boost."

"The new buses will offer our customers a state-of-the-art, comfortable and environmentally friendly journey. We cannot wait to introduce these vehicles to the roads of the West Midlands later in the year."

– Peter Coates, Managing Director National Express Bus

550 new buses for the West Midlands in £100m deal

A bus being unveiled at Alexander Dennis' factory in Scarborough Credit: ITV News Central

National Express West Midlands has signed a £100m deal for 550 new buses for its fleet across Birmingham & the Black Country.

The region's largest bus operator says the new vehicles will contain the very latest technology, including climate control, high-definition CCTV, and GPS systems which it says will improve reliability.

600 new buses are being made, of which around 550 will be coming to the West Midlands Credit: ITV News Central

The small & medium single decker, and double decker buses will be made by British firm Alexander Dennis Ltd, and will support more than 2000 jobs at its bases in Scarborough, Falkirk and in Surrey.

National Express says the buses are kitted out with all the latest technology Credit: ITV News Central

National Express say the investment is both a boost for passengers and also British business, and expect the new buses to be on the road by the end of the year.

The £100m deal will support 2000 British jobs. Credit: ITV News Central
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