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West Midlands’ smart success

Issue 3 2016  •  20 June 2016  •  Chris Lane, Swift Commercial Specialist

Many public transport users in the West Midlands are now travelling smarter with a range of ticketing options thanks to Centro’s ‘Swift’ Card. As Swift Commercial Specialist, Chris Lane, explains, passengers no longer have to delve into their pockets to find the exact change to travel and in giving passengers effective and efficient smartcard ticketing products, patronage has increased and satisfaction improved…

Birmingham to welcome battery-operated Midland Metro trams

Industry news  •  12 February 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Birmingham will become the first city in UK to use the latest battery technology to enable Midland Metro catenary-free operation.

Centro demonstrates smart ticketing pilot

Industry news  •  9 June 2015  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Centro, the authority responsible for delivering public transport in the West Midlands, demonstrates the latest smart ticketing pilot to European partners.

New Midland Metro trams go into service

Industry news  •  19 August 2014  •  Centro

The first of a £40 million fleet of new Midland Metro trams will start running between Wolverhampton and Birmingham on Friday September 5, it was announced Aug 14…

New fleet of buses for Sandwell under Partnership Plus

Industry news  •  19 August 2014  •  Centro

A £9 million fleet of more than 50 brand new buses is to hit the road in Sandwell…

Balfour Beatty joins Centro for laying of first track for Midland Metro Station link extension

Industry news  •  7 November 2013  •  Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty laid the first track for the £18.6 million extension to the Midland Metro…

Coventry families urged to get smart on bus fare

Industry news  •  25 October 2013  •  Centro

“…we hope this new Swift smartcard can offer a little financial help as well as making bus travel even easier and more convenient.”

First tram of new £40 million fleet unveiled

Industry news  •  16 October 2013  •  Centro

The new trams will go into service on the existing Metro route between Birmingham and Wolverhampton…

Views sought on Birmingham tram extension

Industry news, News  •  4 September 2013  •  Centro

Views wanted on £31 million plans to extend the Midland Metro in Birmingham city centre…

New technology is making taking public transport easier than ever

Industry news, News  •  16 August 2013  •  Centro

Passengers using the West Midlands bus, train and tram network are benefitting from a raft of new technology…

New Coventry buses welcomed by Centro chairman

Industry news, News  •  5 August 2013  •  Centro

Passengers in Coventry are to benefit from a fleet of 33 brand new buses…

NXWM and Centro sign £81m deal to transform bus travel

Industry news, News  •  3 July 2013  •  Centro

London-style smartcards and hundreds of new buses form part of a wide-ranging transport package worth more than £80m…

Birmingham’s HS2 station must deliver direct services to Europe

Industry news, News  •  25 June 2013  •  Centro

Members of the region’s transport authority say Birmingham’s city centre high speed station must be world class…

Centro Black Country boss wins top award

Industry news, News  •  21 June 2013  •  Centro

A Centro employee who manages the public transport network across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall & Wolverhampton is toasting success…

Jobs boost for Birmingham’s unemployed as part of the Midland Metro extension

Industry news, News  •  10 June 2013  •  Centro

Unemployed Birmingham people are being offered the chance to fill dozens of new jobs…