West Midlands Metro tram services suspended 'until further notice' as more cracks found on line

The company says new bodywork cracks were identified on some of the older trams during safety inspections.

Transport for West Midlands has confirmed all trams will remain out of service "for a number of weeks" while replacement parts are installed to repair cracks found around the doors.

The company earlier this week said new bodywork cracks were identified on some of the older trams during safety inspections.

This has lead to all services being suspended 'as a precautionary measure.'

Commuters who use the service are advised to find other means of travelling. It is the third time in nine months cracks have been found during inspections.

Customers faced similar disruption in November last year when all services were suspended for repair works to take place, which took over four weeks.

Labour councillor from Wolverhampton City Council, Chris Burden, hit out at the latest cancellations on twitter, saying the region has been "knowingly underserved."

He said: "Yet another raft of West Midlands Metro suspensions to hit the region. "I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The people of the West Mids are being let down repeatedly."

Trams in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central

West Midlands Metro said: "The safety and security of our customers and team members is always our first priority.

"We are working alongside the manufacturer, to restore services as quickly as possible.

"While the situation is ongoing, we are committed to keeping our customers moving.

"We understand the frustration many people will feel at this latest interruption to services, and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause."

People can use Metro tickets and passes on alternative modes of transport, including:

• National Express bus service 74 between West Bromwich and Birmingham

• National Express bus service 79 between Wolverhampton and West Bromwich

• National Express bus services 9, 12/12A, 13/13A, 23, 24, 82, 87, 126, X8 and X10 in Birmingham city centre

• West Midlands Railway and Avanti train services between Wolverhampton and Birmingham