Light rail and trams

Greater Manchester seeks public support for new tram line

Greater Manchester seeks public support for new tram line

04.07.14: Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has launched a public consultation today on its plans to build a 5.5km, £350m Metrolink extension to the Trafford Park industrial area and the Trafford Centre shopping mall. Initial plans for th...

Serco loses DLR operations to Keolis Amey

Serco loses DLR operations to Keolis Amey

04.07.14: Serco, the operator of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) since 1997, has been beaten in the competition to run it until 2021 by the Keolis Amey joint venture. It will be paid more than £700m over the contract period, not counting perf...

15 new trams for Nottingham delivered – but extension delayed

15 new trams for Nottingham delivered – but extension delayed

02.07.14: The phase two expansion of Nottingham’s tram system is not likely to open until early next year, rather than the end of this year as hoped, because of delays duering construction. The contractors, a JV of Taylor Woodrow and Alstom, sa...

Manchester Airport tram extension to open 18 months early

Manchester Airport tram extension to open 18 months early

20.06.14: The Manchester Metrolink extension to Wythenshawe and Manchester Airport will launch before the end of this year – nearly 18 months ahead of the original schedule. Test trams will start running as soon as Monday (23 June), Transport f...

Consultation on Manchester Metrolink extension set to begin

Consultation on Manchester Metrolink extension set to begin

16.06.14: A major public consultation on proposals to build a new Metrolink line in Manchester to improve public transport links to Trafford Park and the Trafford Centre is due to take place this summer. Subject to Transport for Greater Manchester (T...

Midland Metro to unveil first Urbos 3 tram to the public

Midland Metro to unveil first Urbos 3 tram to the public

11.06.14: The first Urbos 3 tram in Midland Metro’s £40m new fleet will go on display for the public this weekend at the St George’s stop in Wolverhampton. Between 9am and 3pm on 14 June 2014, commuters and transport enthusiasts wil...

TfGM trial to prevent Metrolink metal theft

TfGM trial to prevent Metrolink metal theft

10.06.14: Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is trialling two security measures on the Metrolink tram network to try to prevent cable theft on the system. By using SmartWater liquid, which leaves a long-lasting, unique identifier that is invisib...

Cab radio upgrade for Tyne and Wear Metro

Cab radio upgrade for Tyne and Wear Metro

09.06.14: The Tyne and Wear passenger transport executive, Nexus, is to invest £6.4m in a new digital radio system for its fleet of 90 trains. Installed in the driver’s cabs on Metro’s fleet of trains and in the Metro Control Room a...

Edinburgh Trams finally in service

Edinburgh Trams finally in service

01.06.14: The long-awaited Edinburgh Trams system which runs from the Scottish capital’s airport and city centre has finally went live over the weekend. Passenger services for the new Edinburgh Trams got underway on 31 May, with the city counci...

Glasgow Airport Rail Link could be delivered under budget

Glasgow Airport Rail Link could be delivered under budget

15.04.14: New private sector led proposals for a Glasgow Airport Rail Link (garl) could mean the project, scrapped in 2009, could be delivered by 2018 and under budget, says rail lobby group RailQWest.  Under the proposals, NEWgarl would be a 1....

Extension urged for proposed Glasgow Airport tram-train link

Extension urged for proposed Glasgow Airport tram-train link

01.04.14: TramForward, the campaigning arm of the Light Rail Transit Association, is urging the Scottish government to consider extending theproposed Glasgow Airport tram-train service to Renfrew. The Glasgow Airport Strategic Transport Network Study...

The newest additions to the Metrolink fleet

The newest additions to the Metrolink fleet

14.03.14: New style Metrolink trams have joined the M5000 fleet in Manchester. RTM spoke to Metrolink director Peter Cushing. The fleet of Metrolink trams is expanding to 104 of the new M5000 vehicles. The newest batch feature a revised seating lay...

Improved Metrolink trams enter service in Manchester

Improved Metrolink trams enter service in Manchester

21.01.14: The fleet of Metrolink trams in Manchester is being expanded, with the first three out of an order of 30 M5000s coming into service this month. The latest trams have eight extra seats with a revised layout compared to the current M5000s, as...

The next twenty years

The next twenty years

16.01.14: The DfT is part-funding Sheffield’s Supertram track replacement, Baroness Kramer has announced. David Young, deputy interim director general of SYPTE, speaks to RTM. Sheffield’s Supertram service is undergoing work to replace worn...

All Change programme enters fourth year

All Change programme enters fourth year

13.01.14: Nexus is to invest £35m in the Metro during the fourth year of its All Change modernisation programme. The majority of work will be carried out at weekends and during the night to limit disruption for commuters, Nexus announced. ...

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TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

21/06/2018TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and USB charging capabilities a... more >
Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

20/06/2018Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

Rail companies have come together to launch a long-term plan for the railway in south east London and Kent. The region’s rail companies, s... more >
Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

20/06/2018Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

Department for Transport officials and ministers were warned about Northern Rail chaos two years ago, but saw some key routes as “not reall... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >