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Long-serving staff driving tram success

Group of people in West Midlands Metro uniform holding certificates

West Midlands Metro has recognised the efforts of long-serving employees as the successful tram network celebrates its 20th birthday.

Two decades on from the launch of the first services between Wolverhampton and Birmingham, more than 20 members of the original team are still working on the growing network.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, they’ve been presented with special awards.

Carl Williams, West Midlands Metro Director of Operations, explained: “As we mark a major milestone for tram services in the region, it’s only fitting we recognise the enormous contribution made by our longest-serving employees.

“They’ve been with us right from the start and played a huge part in building a network that everyone in the region can be proud of.”

Services were officially launched on May 30, 1999, on the line between Wolverhampton St George’s and Snow Hill, with the extension through to Grand Central opening in 2016.

The longest-serving members of the team were presented with their framed certificates at West Midlands Metro’s Wednesbury depot where, along with other invited guests, they also witnessed the unveiling of a tram in special birthday livery.

Carl added: “These are exciting times for West Midlands Metro as we look forward to the opening of the UK’s first overhead line-free track when the Centenary Square extension opens later this year.

“As the network continues to grow, we can be sure that – day-in, day-out – our employees will be driving us to even greater success by delivering the best possible service to our customers.”

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