West Midlands Metro has assured tram passengers that the programme of permanent repairs to their tram fleet is progressing well.
They have stressed that passengers can be reassured that all trams have been subject to comprehensive safety checks as part of the repair process.
As a result of this work West Midlands Metro passenger services will resume between Wolverhampton and Bull Street from Wednesday, December 15 with trams initially running up to every 10 minutes.
The metro company also said that a number of new trams are also in the final stages of testing and commissioning, enabling a phased return to service.
While welcoming the news West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has urged the company to get the trams running to the Library as soon as possible and said “the situation is still not good enough for passengers”.
A spokesperson said: “Engineers continue to work tirelessly on repairs and there will be a gradual return to full service along the entire route as more trams become available.
“As always, the safety of our colleagues and customers remains our priority, and the new trams entering service for the first time will have completed an extensive testing and commissioning process before carrying any passengers.
“Once again, we are sorry for the inconvenience caused by the suspension of services, and we continue to focus on delivering a safe and secure, reliable and sustainable service.
“As more trams are repaired and new trams join the fleet, we will seek to extend the service to the Library at the earliest opportunity.”
West Midlands Mayor Andy Street urges West Midlands Metro to get the full service to the Library back running
Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said: “I am pleased that after four weeks of disruption we will, from tomorrow, be able to run a Metro service between Birmingham and Wolverhampton.
“This has returned at a critical time as we help people move around the region during the festive period for their Christmas shopping and evening engagements.
“But the situation is still not good enough for passengers, and we have to get the service back running all the way through to the Library – not just Bull Street.
“I know the team at the metro depot are working round the clock to make this happen - ensuring safe and robust repairs are carried out on the existing fleet, whilst also getting the new generation trams we have purchased ready for service.
“In the meantime I would like to apologise to passengers again for the disruption over the past month, but reassure them that the Metro is safe, ready, and back for good, and to please use it for those Christmas trips to Wolverhampton, West Bromwich, and Birmingham.”
Further updates to services are available by clicking here on West Midlands Metro.
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