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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...

Plans for Cardiff’s £1bn transport network unveiled

Plans for Cardiff’s £1bn transport network unveiled

04.07.19: Cardiff City Council’s ambitious plans for a £1bn travel network in the city have been revealed today. The network proposes a new ‘Cardiff Cross Rail’, a new light rail and tram system running from east to west of th...

TfGM announces contactless payments on Metrolink trams

TfGM announces contactless payments on Metrolink trams

04.07.19: Passengers will be able to ‘touch-in’ using their contactless cards on Manchester Metrolink trams from July 15, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) announced today. The introduction of the new payment option represents the f...

Can grass tracks transform Britain’s train and tram routes?

Can grass tracks transform Britain’s train and tram routes?

03.07.19: Chris Haworth, partner and infrastructure lead at multidisciplinary property and construction consultancy Ridge and Partners LLP (Ridge), explains why the UK has been slow on the uptake of grass tracks and what benefits they could bring. Gr...

Local SMEs key for Midland Metro Alliance's head of procurement Paula Gray

Local SMEs key for Midland Metro Alliance's head of procurement Paula Gray

28.06.19: Paula Gray, head of procurement, explains how the Midland Metro Alliance continues to establish partnerships with innovative local SMEs. The Midland Metro Alliance, working on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority, is expanding the...

TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

12.06.19: TfL has awarded a contract for 43 new trains to replace the oldest rolling stock on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with the first scheduled to enter passenger service from 2023. CAF has been chosen to design, manufacture and supply the...

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Hull Trains release 360 virtual tour of new Paragon Trains

11/12/2019Hull Trains release 360 virtual tour of new Paragon Trains

Hull Trains have released a 360 virtual tour of inside its new Paragon Trains, and are inviting customers to take a look. The immersive vide... more >
Last of ScotRail’s Class 314 fleet to be withdrawn

11/12/2019Last of ScotRail’s Class 314 fleet to be withdrawn

Train operator, ScotRail, has confirmed the withdrawal of the last of the Class 314 fleet from service. A special farewell tour will take pa... more >
Azuma trains arrive on Highland Chieftain route

10/12/2019Azuma trains arrive on Highland Chieftain route

London North Eastern Railway’s Highland Chieftain route between Inverness and London King’s Cross has welcomed the arrival of the new... 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 >