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West Midlands tram services suspended after fault discovered West Midlands tram services suspended after fault discovered
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All 21 trams have been removed from service after a fault was discoveredAll 21 trams have been removed from service after a fault was discovered
Tram services in the West Midlands have been suspended indefinitely after a fault was discovered among the fleet.Tram services in the West Midlands have been suspended indefinitely after a fault was discovered among the fleet.
West Midlands Metro, which runs the network between Birmingham and Wolverhampton, said all of its 21 trams had been removed for inspection.West Midlands Metro, which runs the network between Birmingham and Wolverhampton, said all of its 21 trams had been removed for inspection.
Operators said the decision was "precautionary" and "had not been taken lightly".Operators said the decision was "precautionary" and "had not been taken lightly".
Alternative travel arrangements have been put in place for passengers on local bus and train services.Alternative travel arrangements have been put in place for passengers on local bus and train services.
Eight million journeys were made on the network in 2019-20, according to figures from the Department for Transport.
West Midlands Metro apologised for the inconvenience and said inspections were already under way to resume services as soon as possible.West Midlands Metro apologised for the inconvenience and said inspections were already under way to resume services as soon as possible.
Passengers will be able to use their tram tickets on local bus and train routesPassengers will be able to use their tram tickets on local bus and train routes
Metro tickets will be accepted on the following services:Metro tickets will be accepted on the following services:
The number 74 and 79 National Express buses between Wolverhampton, West Bromwich and BirminghamThe number 74 and 79 National Express buses between Wolverhampton, West Bromwich and Birmingham
West Midlands Railway and Avanti train services between Wolverhampton and BirminghamWest Midlands Railway and Avanti train services between Wolverhampton and Birmingham
The tram operator was informed of the fault following maintenance checks from the manufacturer, CAF.The tram operator was informed of the fault following maintenance checks from the manufacturer, CAF.
Midland Metro Ltd has not revealed the nature of the fault, or the number of trams affected, but said that staff or customer safety had never been compromised.Midland Metro Ltd has not revealed the nature of the fault, or the number of trams affected, but said that staff or customer safety had never been compromised.
Passengers can keep informed of the latest developments on the West Midlands Metro website.
Latest news and updates from the West MidlandsLatest news and updates from the West Midlands
The tram service normally operates every 6-8 minutes during peak times between Birmingham Library and Wolverhampton St Georges, travelling through Handsworth, West Bromwich and Wednesbury.The tram service normally operates every 6-8 minutes during peak times between Birmingham Library and Wolverhampton St Georges, travelling through Handsworth, West Bromwich and Wednesbury.
Passengers can keep informed of the latest developments on the West Midlands Metro website. The Midland Metro started operating in May 1999, with 4.8 million journeys in its first year of operation.
The network is currently in the middle of a £1.3bn expansion programme, led by the West Midlands Combined Authority and Transport for West Midlands.
Under their plans, the Midlands Metro is expected to carry passengers to Dudley and Brierley Hill by 2023.
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