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Metrolink Trafford Park Line start date announced

Metrolink Trafford Park Line start date announced

09.03.20: Greater Manchester’s new £350m Trafford Park line will launch on Sunday 22nd March. The date comes directly after the successful completion of the project and delivery of the new line to the operator, KeolisAmey Metrolink, whose...

£400k project expands car parks for Spital station

£400k project expands car parks for Spital station

17.02.20: Increased parking at Spital station, Wirral, is set to benefit rail users alongside the opening of an extension to the current Park and Ride facility. 71 new parking spaces have been added, taking the total up to 141, including seven disabl...

Nexus and Stadler contract officially signed off

Nexus and Stadler contract officially signed off

12.02.20: The Swiss train builder Stadler has officially been awarded the contract to produce the new train fleet for the Tyne and Wear Metro. Following an 18-month global search by Nexus for the best manufacturing partner, Stadler will produce the 4...

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street unveils £15bn transport plan

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street unveils £15bn transport plan

05.02.20: As part of his re-election campaign, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has unveiled his ambitious £15bn transport plan for the region. The plans would represent a huge expansion of the West Midlands’ metro and rail services, creat...

Nexus unveils new £362m trains for Tyne and Wear Metro

Nexus unveils new £362m trains for Tyne and Wear Metro

28.01.20: Nexus have announced Swiss company Stadler as their preferred bidder for a £362m contract to build new trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro. It is hoped the new fleet of trains will transform performance, passenger experience and deliver...

Nexus appoints new Chief Operating Officer

Nexus appoints new Chief Operating Officer

25.11.19: Martin Kearney has been appointed as the new chief operating officer for Nexus, the public body which owns the Tyne and Wear Metro, and wider public transport across the North East. Kearney has over 30 years of public transport experience a...

Metrolink contactless payment system hits millionth journey

Metrolink contactless payment system hits millionth journey

20.11.19: Transport for Greater Manchester announced today (20th Nov) that at the weekend Metrolink’s contactless payment system hit the million-journey mark. The contactless payment method was brought in on the 15th of July this year and this...

Merseyrail announces smoking will be banned at all stations

Merseyrail announces smoking will be banned at all stations

18.11.19: From the 1st of December passengers will not be allowed to smoke in any public areas of Merseyrail stations or platforms with the exception of car parks. The announcement comes off the back of the national campaign Stoptober, and is part of...

Mountain railway demolition to cost ‘more than £13m’

Mountain railway demolition to cost ‘more than £13m’

02.10.19: Dismantling of the Cairngorm funicular could run to as much as £13.3m in potential costs, according to the railway line’s owner Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The railway provides access to the Cairngorm ski centre, nea...

Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

16.08.19: Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on the Metrolink network in Manchester. Proving particularly popular on event days, the new, easy-to-use payment system...

Multi-million-pound Metro Station opens in South Tyneside

Multi-million-pound Metro Station opens in South Tyneside

31.07.19: A multi-million-pound transport interchange in South Tyneside is set to welcome its first passengers after a major refit. The £21million facility in South Shields, which incorporates a relocated Metro station will open this weekend. ...

Metrolink projects rated as excellent after new assessment

Metrolink projects rated as excellent after new assessment

25.07.19: Two major city centre Manchester Metrolink projects have been rated as excellent after an investigation into their sustainability. The assessment, carried out over several years, highlighted positive aspects relating to the projects. S...

Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

19.07.19: An international study of light rail systems has identified Metrolink as one of the best in the world. The system was rated as fifth best in the large cities category, scoring 66 out of 100 based on ten separate criteria. These were tr...

HS2 reveals design for driverless people mover in Birmingham

HS2 reveals design for driverless people mover in Birmingham

16.07.19: Designs for a new automated people mover in the West Midlands have been released by HS2. The driverless vehicle plans to be used to transport passenger between HS2’s new Interchange Station in Solihull and Birmingham Airport. Whe...

TramForward calls for increased tram links to tackle non-exhaust emissions

TramForward calls for increased tram links to tackle non-exhaust emissions

12.07.19: TramForward has welcomed the Government’s call for action on non-exhaust emissions from tyres, brakes and road surfaces,  It follows a report published yesterday by the Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG) calling for urgent action to...

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Transport for London explains the importance of cyber security

09/04/2020Transport for London explains the importance of cyber security

As the third week of lockdown ends, many people are now working from home, raising concerns around cyber security for many employers. RTM sp... more >
Rail passengers urged to check ahead as work begins at Guildford

09/04/2020Rail passengers urged to check ahead as work begins at Guildford

The biggest rail investment in almost 40 years at Guildford is set to begin on Good Friday (Apr 10) with passengers, who need to use the railway ... more >
Rail Minister publishes open letter to Rail Delivery Group

08/04/2020Rail Minister publishes open letter to Rail Delivery Group

Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, has published an open letter to RDG asking the industry to proceed in their work ensuring that rail travel co... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >