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West Midlands ultra light rail link bids for EU funding

West Midlands ultra light rail link bids for EU funding

01.06.15: A bid for £13.9m of EU money has been launched to help fund a new ultra light rail link in the West Midlands. RTM previously reported on the plans to create a new ultra light rail service between Dudley and Sandwell. It would transpor...

Manchester Metrolink network to be cut in half for major summer works

Manchester Metrolink network to be cut in half for major summer works

18.05.15: Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is preparing for a six-week closure of one of its key Metrolink stops, St Peter’s Square, which will effectively split its network in two for the duration. The first phase of work will see the s...

TfL considers new rolling stock options for DLR

TfL considers new rolling stock options for DLR

11.05.15: Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Ltd is to begin its search for new trains by opening a “technical dialogue” with rolling stock manufacturers. The TfL subsidiary has issued a periodic indicative notice to the industry to begin a co...

Oxford Metro plans receive early local support

Oxford Metro plans receive early local support

06.05.15: Experts have claimed that a network of trams could help solve Oxford’s problem of how to develop new housing without increasing congestion on the city’s roads.  The Trams for Oxford report, produced by a team headed by awar...

High-level satisfaction for tram passengers

High-level satisfaction for tram passengers

30.03.15: Approximately 90% of tram passengers are satisfied with their journeys, across six network areas in the UK, according to the second Tram Passenger Survey (TPS) carried out by Transport Focus (the new name for Passenger Focus).  Over 4...

Route chosen for Midland Metro’s Eastside extension

Route chosen for Midland Metro’s Eastside extension

19.03.15: Midland Metro transport chiefs have opted to run trams through the heart of Digbeth as part of its Eastside extension.  Centro originally unveiled two design plans in October 2014, with the public invited to give their feedback. Follow...

‘The Subway is much more than just a transport service’

‘The Subway is much more than just a transport service’

01.03.15: Charlie Hoskins, senior director at Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, talks to RTM about the ongoing upgrade of the Glasgow Subway, whose stations, rolling stock, signalling and tunnels are all being improved. With the recent opening o...

Network Rail unveils details of Tinsley chord for S. Yorkshire tram-train

Network Rail unveils details of Tinsley chord for S. Yorkshire tram-train

03.02.15: The Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train project has entered its next phase, with Network Rail revealing its plans for the new section of track to connect the national rail and tram network. The new Tinsley chord will link the railway and Supe...

Stockport closer to being connected to Metrolink with a tram-train

Stockport closer to being connected to Metrolink with a tram-train

22.01.15: Plans to use a tram-train service to connect Stockport to the Metrolink network are moving forward, with the publication of a professional study by Atkins into its feasibility.   The plans involve the existing Marple to Manchester Picc...

RAIB to investigate Croydon Tramlink derailment

RAIB to investigate Croydon Tramlink derailment

12.01.15: An investigation into the derailment of a tram on the Croydon Tramlink system has been launched by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB).  The tram, which was travelling from New Addington to Wimbledon on 29 December 2014, dera...

Metrolink to become first fully wi-fi enabled tram network in UK

Metrolink to become first fully wi-fi enabled tram network in UK

16.12.14: Manchester Metrolink is to become the first light railway in Britain to become fully wi-fi enabled. By spring next year, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) plans for all 94 of its trams to have on-board wi-fi technology. TfGM has...

June launch expected for Nottingham tram extension

June launch expected for Nottingham tram extension

15.12.14: The final section of track for 17.5km extension of Nottingham’s tram network has been laid in preparation for trams to take to the rails in June next year, later than originally planned. More than 3,800 sections of track have been lai...

Sheffield tram-train new launch date set – January 2017

Sheffield tram-train new launch date set – January 2017

15.12.14: The perpetually delayed Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train project finally has a revised launch date: January 2017. As part of last week’s announcement of the Sheffield City Region Devolution Deal the government has committed to work w...

Key figures refuse to co-operate with Edinburgh tram inquiry, as council mulls expansion

Key figures refuse to co-operate with Edinburgh tram inquiry, as council mulls expansion

11.12.14: Key figures involved in the Edinburgh Trams project have refused “point blank” to co-operate with the inquiry into what went so wrong. Lord Hardie, speaking publicly for the first time in his role as head of the trams inquiry, s...

Funding sought for new ultra light rail service in the West Midlands

Funding sought for new ultra light rail service in the West Midlands

01.12.14: (Above: Libary image of a proposed ultra light rail vehicle design, courtesy Revolution VLR Consortium, which is involved in the Dudley-Sandwell project) A new ultra light rail service between Dudley and Sandwell could be opened within five...

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Grand Central plans new rail route from Blackpool to London from spring 2020

25/06/2019Grand Central plans new rail route from Blackpool to London from spring 2020

Grand Central will run a new route from Blackpool to London from spring 2020, the train operator announced today. The new InterCity services... more >
Transport for Wales awards first ECI contracts for £700m South Wales Metro

25/06/2019Transport for Wales awards first ECI contracts for £700m South Wales Metro

Transport for Wales (TfW) has awarded three companies to begin preparatory works on the £738m South Wales Metro, the organisation announced... more >
Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

25/06/2019Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

The Rail Delivery Group plans to make travelling by train easier than ever before by making trains and stations more accessible and developing a ... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

25/06/2019Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

The Rail Delivery Group plans to make travelling by train easier than ever before by making trains and stations more accessible and developing a ... more >
Diversity, inclusion and marking 100 years of Women in Engineering

24/06/2019Diversity, inclusion and marking 100 years of Women in Engineering

100 years of Women in Engineering, and transforming the future too One hundred years on from the birth of the Women in Engineering Society (... more >
Challenging perceptions of apprenticeships in the rail industry with Anna Delvecchio

20/06/2019Challenging perceptions of apprenticeships in the rail industry with Anna Delvecchio

RTM talks exclusively to one of the rising stars of the industry and Transport’s Woman of the Year 2018, Anna Delvecchio. Amey’s... more >
Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... 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

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >