Light rail and trams

TfWM to take over running of Midland Metro next year

TfWM to take over running of Midland Metro next year

22.03.17: Day-to-day running of the Midland Metro tram service will be taken on entirely by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) from October 2018 when the current concession, which is held by National Express, ends. The move has been implemented to en...

£6m Newcastle Central Metro station refurbishment complete

£6m Newcastle Central Metro station refurbishment complete

13.03.17: The £6m project to revamp Newcastle Central Metro station has been completed, adding improvements to facilities for passengers at one of the north east’s major metro stations. Used by around 5.3 million people a year, the works...

Blackpool tram passenger numbers back on the rise after 2014 dip

Blackpool tram passenger numbers back on the rise after 2014 dip

01.03.17: Blackpool’s revamped tram network has seen record numbers of passengers travel on the services, as ticket sales show that five million journeys have been registered since April 2016 – the highest number since the tram re-opened in 20...

Second City Crossing opens as Metrolink complete ‘big bang’ expansion

Second City Crossing opens as Metrolink complete ‘big bang’ expansion

27.02.17: The new Second City Crossing tram line through Manchester city centre was opened yesterday, marking the completion of Metrolink’s “big bang” expansion. The line now links together 93 stops over 60 miles with the addition o...

Delayed Sheffield tram-train completion date finally set

Delayed Sheffield tram-train completion date finally set

21.02.17: A completion date has finally been set for the long-awaited construction of South Yorkshire’s tram-train project, with work expected to be finished two-and-a-half years later than originally predicted. The project, which is expected t...

Jones announces £60k bursary for Doncaster high-speed rail college

Jones announces £60k bursary for Doncaster high-speed rail college

21.02.17: Transport minister Andrew Jones has announced an additional £60,000 worth of DfT funding will be made available for bursary schemes for students who study at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR). The announcement was made...

RAIB: Croydon tram driver had ‘lost awareness’ before fatal derailment

RAIB: Croydon tram driver had ‘lost awareness’ before fatal derailment

20.02.17: The driver of the fatal Sandilands junction tram accident in Croydon, London, had “lost awareness” before the carriage he was controlling derailed, killing seven people, the latest interim report from the Rail Accident Investigation...

Metrolink’s Second City Crossing set to open later this month

Metrolink’s Second City Crossing set to open later this month

15.02.17: Metrolink’s new Second City Crossing tram line is due to open in Manchester later this month, TfGM announced to the public today, marking the completion of the £1.5bn “big bang” expansion programme. The first passeng...

Midland Metro tram shipped to Spain for battery fit-out ahead of OLE-free operation

Midland Metro tram shipped to Spain for battery fit-out ahead of OLE-free operation

23.01.17: The first of the Midland Metro light rail fleet has been shipped back to the Zaragoza factory in Spain, where it was made, to be fitted with batteries as part of trailblazing plans to introduce battery-powered tram in the UK – thus ruling...

DLR’s KeolisAmey set to run Manchester Metrolink

DLR’s KeolisAmey set to run Manchester Metrolink

18.01.17: Greater Manchester’s Metrolink network is set to be run by a new joint venture partnership starting from this summer up until 2027. KeolisAmey, a partnership between transport operator Keolis and infrastructure specialist Amey –...

Enabling works begin on new Trafford Park Metrolink line

Enabling works begin on new Trafford Park Metrolink line

13.01.17: Work has now begun on the £350m Metrolink Trafford Park line, a planned route on Manchester’s light rail network which will offer new transport connections to the intu Trafford Centre. The new six stop line, branching off from t...

RAIB investigates fatal Sheffield tram accident

RAIB investigates fatal Sheffield tram accident

11.01.17: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has decided to investigate a fatal accident just before Christmas in which a Sheffield man was killed by a tram. At around 10am on 22 December 2016 a pedestrian, who had just stepped off an inbo...

DLR fare-dodging clampdown success ‘due to franchise specifications’

DLR fare-dodging clampdown success ‘due to franchise specifications’

09.12.16: Docklands Light Railway (DLR) has revealed how it used requirements in its franchise partnership to tackle fare evasion in an interview with RTM. An RTM Freedom of Information request found that DLR has lost £3.3m to fare evasion sinc...

MPT wins £350m contract to build Metrolink’s Trafford Park extension

MPT wins £350m contract to build Metrolink’s Trafford Park extension

02.12.16: The Metrolink Trafford Park line will be built by the consortium which has already delivered the other extensions to Manchester’s light rail network. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has given the green light for Trans...

First test trams run along Manchester’s Second City Crossing

First test trams run along Manchester’s Second City Crossing

01.12.16: The first trams have been tested on Manchester’s new Second City Crossing in the early hours of this morning (1 December). The new line, which is due to open to passengers early next year, will allow for more frequent services on the...

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Almost 1.5 million eTickets sold six months after introduction

27/03/2017Almost 1.5 million eTickets sold six months after introduction

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Southern completes Class 377 modifications for extreme winter weather

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First MTR joint venture awarded South Western franchise

27/03/2017First MTR joint venture awarded South Western franchise

First MTR South Western Trains Limited (First MTR) has been awarded the new South Western franchise by the government, which will see the introdu... more >

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08/03/2017A celebration of rail achievement

Welcome to this special UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) review issue of RTM. The fourth edition of the prestigious awards took place on 9 February at London’s Battersea Evolution and, once again, was a huge success.  With over 1,100 rail decision-makers in attendance, the black-tie event was a great place for networking and celebrating the success of the rail industry in the last 12 months. To see who won at this year’s... read more >

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Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

Ahead of the major imminent reforms to the apprenticeship system, Simon Rennie, general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, outlines the industry’s reasons to be positive abo... more > more last word articles >

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Raising wall work at Linlithgow heritage railway site completed

24/03/2017Raising wall work at Linlithgow heritage railway site completed

Work has been completed to raise the height of walls bordering the railway heritage site at Royal Terrace and Union Road in Linlithgow, as part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). A total of £650k has been put into the project to ensure the boundary of the railway is compliant with safety standards for an electrif... more >
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Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

23/03/2017Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

Justin Stenner, head of technology for Heathrow Express, considers the  benefits and drawbacks of implementing e-ticketing on rail services.... more >
Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

23/03/2017Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

Linda Miller, former Crossrail project manager, Connaught Tunnel, reflects on the challenges of widening and deepening the vital Victorian tunnel... more >
The case for rail integration

23/03/2017The case for rail integration

Jeremy Long, CEO of European Business at MTR Corporation, reflects on how stronger integration of train and track could benefit major rail infras... more >
Getting fire testing standards right

23/03/2017Getting fire testing standards right

Richard Nowell, rolling stock engineer at the RSSB, discusses the ‘EN 45545-2 Fire testing of materials and components for trains’, a... more >

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Intertrain: ready for the future

23/02/2017Intertrain: ready for the future

RTM recently attended Intertrain’s ‘Driving for Success’ event in Doncaster, where leaders from major players such as Carillion... more >