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More West Midlands Metro trams added to timetable to meet growing demand

Published: Friday 03 Nov 2023

West Midlands Metro to introduce extra trams at peak times in response to the network’s growing popularity.

From Monday, November 6, an enhanced timetable will see up to three additional trams added to the usual service during busy periods, complementing the ten-minute frequency already in place.

The metro is owned by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands and WMCA chair, said: “As our regional economy continues to bounce back post Covid, it’s been very encouraging to see the level of take-up for public transport – with more and more people using it to get to work.

“We have seen this most clearly on the Metro where the popularity of the service has sometimes led to crowding on some services hence why we’re delighted to announce that more trams are being introduced at peak times to ease that pressure and provide passengers more frequently.

“Given how in-demand tram services are, it underlines our case for investing further in expanding the network in both Birmingham and the Black Country. These better links across and between our towns and cities will reduce traffic congestion and offer local people a rapid and reliable alternative to the car for their regular commute or for leisure trips.”

 Michael Reading-Skilton, Metro’s commercial manager, said: “The Metro is now busier than ever, and the opening of two new stops with the extension to Wolverhampton Station has further boosted its popularity.

“The network’s recovery since the Covid-19 pandemic has been remarkable, with customer numbers now well above those seen before the crisis as more and more people discover the convenience and value for money offered by the tram.

“These extra services will make the tram an increasingly attractive travel option, making journeys more comfortable at busy times while helping us deliver an even more reliable and sustainable service for the tens of thousands of people who rely on us every day.”

The enhanced timetable can be found here.

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