The final AnsaldoBreda T69 tram on the UK’s Midland Metro line in 1999 is being retired on 14 August, as deliveries of the new CAF Urbos trams are now sufficient to run services on the existing line from Wolverhampton St. George’s to Birmingham Snow Hill station.
Tram 16, still in the original purple, red and yellow livery and the final T69 that entered service on the 21km (13 miles) line will start its day at Snow Hill at 06.30 and will make its final journey along the 23-stop route from Wolverhampton at 11.10. It will then be taken to Wednesbury depot where it will be decommissioned. Transport authority Centro and operator National Express will have a ceremony to send off the last tram following its final public journey.
Tram 16 is named Gerwyn John, after the engineer who worked for Midland Metro between 1997 and 2003 before leaving due to illness. He died the following year.