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Urgent safety advice calls for louder horns on Edinburgh trams after pedestrian’s death

Urgent safety advice calls for louder horns on Edinburgh trams after pedestrian’s death

15.02.19: The RAIB has issued urgent safety advice calling for louder warning horns to be fitted on Edinburgh’s trams following the death of a pedestrian. Carlos Correa Palacio was struck and fatally injured by a tram travelling from Edinburgh...

Decision due on Edinburgh tram extension as cost rises to £207m

Decision due on Edinburgh tram extension as cost rises to £207m

12.02.19: The business case for extending Edinburgh’s tram network in a £196m project has entered its final stage, with councillors in the Scottish capital scrutinising the case ahead of a decision next month. Originally estimated to cost...

Plans to scrap Glasgow Airport rail link a ‘betrayal of the city’ claims Labour MP

Plans to scrap Glasgow Airport rail link a ‘betrayal of the city’ claims Labour MP

04.02.19: The decision to scrap plans for a direct rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre in favour of new plans for a shuttle pod system has been branded as a “betrayal for the city” by a Labour MP. Last week, following me...

‘Light at the end of the tunnel’ as Gatwick Express trains trial due to start

‘Light at the end of the tunnel’ as Gatwick Express trains trial due to start

01.02.19: MP Caroline Lucas has revealed that a trial for the Gatwick Express rail link will launch this month following months of reduced services, disruption and the May timetable chaos. Protest groups have been campaigning for the past few months...

Glasgow Airport rail link plans could be ditched for rapid shuttle pod system

Glasgow Airport rail link plans could be ditched for rapid shuttle pod system

31.01.19: A long-awaited rail link to Glasgow Airport could be ditched in favour of a shuttle pod system between the airport and Paisley. Instead of a full tram-train rail link, a ‘personal rapid transit’ shuttle pod system such as the on...

Plans for tram-trains in Manchester unveiled as Grayling and Burnham mull expansion of Metrolink

Plans for tram-trains in Manchester unveiled as Grayling and Burnham mull expansion of Metrolink

25.01.19: Proposals for an expansion of Greater Manchester’s (GM) tram network are in the works, Chris Grayling and Andy Burnham have announced, with plans for greater devolved control for the region and the introduction of tram-trains being conside...

London trams to be fitted with automatic braking system in response to Sandilands recommendations

London trams to be fitted with automatic braking system in response to Sandilands recommendations

14.01.19: London’s tram network is to be fitted with an automatic braking system in response to safety recommendations following the fatal Croydon tram crash. The new safety measures will automatically apply brakes and bring a tram to a control...

Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27.11.18: Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  ...

Maintaining light rail

Maintaining light rail

20.11.18: Dr Adam Bevan, Professor Paul Allen and Professor Jay Jaiswal, of the Institute of Railway Research, take a look at new rail asset management techniques in light-rail systems. The defining characteristics of light-rail systems – such...

Budget update: £291m for London’s DLR and boost for Transforming Cities Fund

Budget update: £291m for London’s DLR and boost for Transforming Cities Fund

30.10.18: The chancellor Phillip Hammond yesterday announced a boost in funding for London’s Docklands Light Railway and the Transforming Cities Fund. The DLR will receive £291m from the Housing Infrastructure Fund for support of essentia...

New tram-train collides with lorry in Sheffield on the day of launch

New tram-train collides with lorry in Sheffield on the day of launch

25.10.18: One of the UK’s first ever ‘tram-trains’ has derailed on the day of its launch after colliding with a lorry in Sheffield. Police are currently investigating the collision, who said in a statement that at this time no-one i...

UK’s first ever ‘tram train’ launches in South Yorkshire

UK’s first ever ‘tram train’ launches in South Yorkshire

25.10.18: The UK’s first ever operational ‘tram train’ running between Sheffield and Rotherham has been launched today, with the scheme almost three years late and five times overbudget. Jo Johnson and Sheffield City Region mayor Da...

Shortlisted bidders revealed for £360m Tyne and Wear rolling stock deal

Shortlisted bidders revealed for £360m Tyne and Wear rolling stock deal

17.09.18: Nexus, which runs the Tyne and Wear Metro, has announced a shortlist of bidders in the running for the £360m contract to build and maintain the network’s new rolling stock. Nexus has now begun detailed negotiations with all bidd...

Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

16.08.18: Spelthorne Borough Council has submitted proposals for a light rail link from Staines-upon-Thames to Heathrow airport to provide “joined-up journeys” into the airport from the south. The council is actively promoting the transpo...

Up to 50 more battery-powered trams on the way for West Midlands

Up to 50 more battery-powered trams on the way for West Midlands

14.08.18: As many as 50 new battery-powered ‘Urbos 3’ model trams could be on the way for transport in the West Midlands as part of the combined authority’s £3.4bn investment in transport in the area. Transport for West Midlan...

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ScotRail expands new Hitachi electric trains to Glasgow routes

18/02/2019ScotRail expands new Hitachi electric trains to Glasgow routes

ScotRail’s new Hitachi electric trains are to be rolled out across Glasgow as the operator extends its £475m investment into rolling ... more >
40-year-old Pacer trains in East Lancashire gone by end of the year, assures Northern

18/02/201940-year-old Pacer trains in East Lancashire gone by end of the year, assures Northern

Northern has assured passengers that it will replace all of its 40-year-old Pacer trains on the East Lancashire line by the end of year. Con... more >
Rail industry proposes ending peak-tickets in ‘radical’ overhaul of rail fares

18/02/2019Rail industry proposes ending peak-tickets in ‘radical’ overhaul of rail fares

Train operators have called for a major reform of the rail fare system which would scrap peak and off-peak ticket pricing and support the rollout... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >