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RE: New Birmingham Tram

#16 by Voltman , Tue May 24, 2016 9:50 pm

Not a total waste surely?

It's costing a fortune, we could have been wasting all that money on the NHS or the Police.

But who wants to feel secure in the knowledge that we will all be better protected by the police or assured of a lifesaving health service when we can provide a useless transport system that will save literally hundreds of people from walking dozens of yards to nowhere?


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RE: New Birmingham Tram

#17 by Sheldonboy , Wed May 25, 2016 7:14 pm

Quote: Voltman wrote in post #16
Not a total waste surely?

It's costing a fortune, we could have been wasting all that money on the NHS or the Police.

But who wants to feel secure in the knowledge that we will all be better protected by the police or assured of a lifesaving health service when we can provide a useless transport system that will save literally hundreds of people from walking dozens of yards to nowhere?


Of course it's not a waste of time and money. They said that about the Sinclair C5 and look what happened to that.


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RE: New Birmingham Tram

#18 by signman 1940 , Sun May 29, 2016 6:57 am

Went to Wolverhampton the other day on this tram, very good, 1/2 hour instead of 1 and a quarter hours on bus.


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RE: New Birmingham Tram

#19 by mikejee , Sun May 29, 2016 12:43 pm

or quarter of an hour on the train,


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RE: New Birmingham Tram

#20 by astoness , Sun May 29, 2016 8:35 pm

Quote: Voltman wrote in post #16
Not a total waste surely?

It's costing a fortune, we could have been wasting all that money on the NHS or the Police.

But who wants to feel secure in the knowledge that we will all be better protected by the police or assured of a lifesaving health service when we can provide a useless transport system that will save literally hundreds of people from walking dozens of yards to nowhere?


excellent post volty..one of your best


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RE: New Birmingham Tram

#21 by Sheldonboy , Sun May 29, 2016 8:40 pm

If for example the Tram Extension could have gone somewhere useful such as The Bull Ring, Digbeth Coach Station or maybe even The Airport it would have been very good. But at the rate this bit was built and the cost, it would probably been quicker and cheaper to build a bridge to the Moon.


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RE: New Birmingham Tram

#22 by astoness , Sun May 29, 2016 8:42 pm

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If for example the Tram Extension could have gone somewhere useful such as The Bull Ring, Digbeth Coach Station or maybe even The Airport it would have been very good. But at the rate this bit was built and the cost, it would probably been quicker and cheaper to build a bridge to the Moon.


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RE: New Birmingham Tram

#23 by Slow Jo , Mon May 30, 2016 8:26 pm

What happens if they have a power cut, will it all grind to a halt?.


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#24 by Sheldonboy , Mon May 30, 2016 8:34 pm

Yes it would, but most trains are electric too.


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RE: New Birmingham Tram

#25 by Slow Jo , Mon May 30, 2016 8:37 pm

Yea your right ,but is it right that these trams are classed as a light railway.?


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RE: New Birmingham Tram

#26 by Sheldonboy , Mon May 30, 2016 8:42 pm

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Yea your right ,but is it right that these trams are classed as a light railway.?

Trams have always been called light railways Jo. They run on rails, locally.

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RE: New Birmingham Tram

#27 by Slow Jo , Mon May 30, 2016 8:46 pm

I remember the old trams ,think the last route was villa road ,handsworth ,lozells gravelly hill ,in the days before spaghetti junction.


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RE: New Birmingham Tram

#28 by Sheldonboy , Mon May 30, 2016 8:48 pm

I never knew Birmingham Trams, the only one I ever saw was in the old Science museum.


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RE: New Birmingham Tram

#29 by Voltman , Tue May 31, 2016 10:16 pm

Quote: astoness wrote in post #20
Quote: Voltman wrote in post #16
Not a total waste surely?

It's costing a fortune, we could have been wasting all that money on the NHS or the Police.

But who wants to feel secure in the knowledge that we will all be better protected by the police or assured of a lifesaving health service when we can provide a useless transport system that will save literally hundreds of people from walking dozens of yards to nowhere?


excellent post volty..one of your best


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RE: New Birmingham Tram

#30 by Slow Jo , Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:17 pm

H S 2 springs to mind a very expensive railway,for the rich boys ,the working man will not be able to afford it .


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