Birmingham (West Midlands)
Birmingham's Supertram (not to be confused with Supertramp), also known
as the Midland Metro, opened in 1999 with one 23 station, 20.4 km line. All in all, the line has been considered a failure in that it's ridership has turned out to be 1/3 of original projections.
In 2009, several extensions and a new line were
approved, including an extension from the line's terminus into
Birmingham's city center, a Wolverhampton extension, and a line to
Nuneaton and Coventry. A fleet of new vehicles is also part of the
package. With all those government pounds floating around, no plans exist for turning the metro into a true subway.
In September 2009, a Karlsruhe style tram-train project was announced, which will link Sheffield with the town of Rotherham over existing freight tracks. The line is due to open in 2012, replacing in priority the previous diesel tram-train scheme linking Sheffield with
Also in 2012, a 1.4 km, four station spur line was approved. The line will connect the existing Snow Hill railway station with Birmingham's city center. The first phase opened in December 2015, and full operation on the spur began in May 2016.
So confident was the approval that construction on the link had already started.
Midland Metro is run by Centro, a local government transit entity serving the West Midlands area.
Information on Birmingham's new Midland Metro
page on the new LRT
page about the Midland Metro from Travel West Midlands
Midland Metro page
Midlamd Metro bike path ride from Youtube