Light rail and trams

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...

Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train delayed

Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train delayed

14.11.14: The launch date for the tram-train pilot running between Sheffield and Rotherham has been delayed again – with no new date set. The plan for flexible vehicles to run on both rail and tram networks, using the freight route from Rotherh...

Birmingham’s £4bn transport pledge includes line reopenings

Birmingham’s £4bn transport pledge includes line reopenings

14.11.14: Birmingham City Council has unveiled a 20-year, £4bn vision for improving transport in the city, including an expansion of the Midland Metro and line reopenings. Improving rail links across the city and beyond featured prominently in...

Construction work begins on Metrolink’s Second City Crossing

Construction work begins on Metrolink’s Second City Crossing

11.11.14: Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has started construction work on the transformational Metrolink Second City Crossing through the city centre. Preparatory utilities charting and redirecting works have been ongoing for months, but now...

Transport for London plans Tramlink extension in Croydon

Transport for London plans Tramlink extension in Croydon

04.11.14: Transport for London (TfL) is considering a new tram loop near East Croydon station that would support the redevelopment of the old Whitgift Centre site.  London Tramlink currently operates in a one-way loop along George Street, Church...

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Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

17/04/2019Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

A new interactive map which lets passengers find out about accessibility at stations has been launched by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to help b... more >
Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

17/04/2019Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

Helium-filled balloons are causing hundreds of train delays at a cost of £1m in taxpayer money every year, Network Rail has revealed. ... more >
Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

17/04/2019Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

Plans for an £80m sea wall to protect the Dawlish coastal rail line from extreme weather have been by approved by Teignbridge District Coun... 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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West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to deliver on uplifting capacity and bettering services for people across the region ahead of TCR Midlands 2019. What do your roles as Ex... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >