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Wolverhampton tram expected to be back in use for extension grand opening

Midlands Metro Tram

A tram which was involved in an accident, where a woman had to be cut out of her car, will be back up and running again next month, it has been announced.

Back in August, Tram 31 sustained a significant amount of damage after it was involved in a road traffic collision in Wolverhampton during the rush hour.

The crash happened at Bilston Street Island on the city’s busy ring road at around 8.20am, with firefighters called to the scene to cut the roof off of the vehicle involved in order to free the female passenger inside. She was taken to hospital with an arm injury and whiplash but is not thought to have been seriously hurt.

Tram 31 was one of those intended for use on the Centenary Square extension due to open to the public next year, though Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) was doubtful that it would be fully repaired in time for the grand opening.

However, speaking this week at a West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Transport Delivery Committee, officer Chris Howarth said that officials were now optimistic about getting the tram back on the network in time for next month.

And, he continued, the news now means that alternatives to Tram 31 do not need to be found.

“There was an update that was given in the report, and that was about Tram 31,” Mr Howarth said.

“Tram 31 is one of the operational trams that has already been retrofitted, and it was involved in a road traffic incident back in August. The report says that we didn’t think it would be prepared for Centenary Square.

“However, having had some extensive investigation work done we now believe that the damage is not as bad as we first thought, and it will be available for passenger service to Centenary Square. So some positive news.”

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