Light rail and trams

Trams running in central Birmingham for the first time in 60 years

Trams running in central Birmingham for the first time in 60 years

08 December 2015Passenger services have started running to the Bull Street stop on Birmingham’s Midland Metro as part of the first step in the £128m city centre tram extension started in 2012. Services began at the weekend, marking the first time tra...

New Metrolink stop opens as the first step in Second City Crossing

New Metrolink stop opens as the first step in Second City Crossing

07 December 2015Manchester’s expanding light rail network, Metrolink, gained an extra stop at the weekend with the start of services into Exchange Square, a busy shopping district in the city centre. The opening of the new stop also marks the first tangibl...

Edinburgh trams to trial mobility scooter access for three months

Edinburgh trams to trial mobility scooter access for three months

04 December 2015Transport for Edinburgh has launched the first phase of a trial – the first in Scotland – to allow mobility scooters on its tram network. The scheme will be split into two parts, the first of which consists of inviting potential candi...

DfT approves plans to build Tinsley Chord

DfT approves plans to build Tinsley Chord

27 November 2015The Department for Transport (DfT) has approved plans to build the Tinsley Chord which will allow the UK’s first tram-trains to run in South Yorkshire.  A joint Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application was made to the secretary...

First Sheffield tram-train shipped

First Sheffield tram-train shipped

23 November 2015The country’s first £60m tram-train vehicle has been shipped to Sheffield from is testing site at Vossloh España’s plant near Valencia. Stagecoach Supertram’s 37m-long tram-train will travel for two weeks over land...

Government commits £97m to Midland Metro Eastside extension

Government commits £97m to Midland Metro Eastside extension

18 November 2015Central government has vowed to earmark an extra £97m for the Metro Eastside extension, subject to a business case, as part of the West Midlands major £1bn devolution package. The deal, announced yesterday, will inject £36.5m in...

Centro pushes Birmingham New Street tram extension works to 2016

Centro pushes Birmingham New Street tram extension works to 2016

10 November 2015Work on Birmingham’s Midland Metro have been scaled back as a result of “unforeseen challenges”, meaning the extension to New Street station, originally set for this year, will be kicked back into next year. Centro announced yes...

TfGM shortlists four companies for next Metrolink operations contract

TfGM shortlists four companies for next Metrolink operations contract

19 October 2015Four companies have been shortlisted by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to operate and maintain Metrolink from 2017, after the current contract finishes. KeolisAmey, National Express, Transdev and the incumbent, RATP Dev, were the success...

Edinburgh trams passenger numbers exceed targets

Edinburgh trams passenger numbers exceed targets

11 September 2015Edinburgh trams carried 50,000 more passengers between late May and early September 2015 than in the same period last year, ahead of final proposals for a network extension. During its first full year of service, the trams served 400,000 more pas...

Nottingham tram extension opens after eight-month delay

Nottingham tram extension opens after eight-month delay

25 August 2015NET phase 2, the Nottingham tram extension adding two new lines to the city’s light rail network, opened today (25 August) after eight months of delays. The opening was originally set for December 2014, but a series of delays pushed it back...

Edinburgh launches assessments into tram network extension

Edinburgh launches assessments into tram network extension

11 August 2015Edinburgh city councillors are reviewing the possibility of extending the tramway to Leith and Newhaven after an updated business case was introduced at its latest council meeting. The extension would serve to drive the renewal of the city’...

Smart ticketing contractor ditched in Greater Manchester

Smart ticketing contractor ditched in Greater Manchester

05 August 2015Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has scrapped its deal with private firm Atos to deliver smart ticketing across the Metrolink tram network, local rail services and the rest of the public transport infrastructure. In a joint statement by Tf...

Nottingham Tramlink delays lead to £217m loss for Vinci UK

Nottingham Tramlink delays lead to £217m loss for Vinci UK

03 July 2015Vinci has revealed a massive loss of £217m in its UK operations with the troubled Nottingham Tramlink extension accounting for most of the losses. Taylor Woodrow, a subsidiary of Vinci, was responsible for delivering the 17.5km extension of...

Government reiterates support for uk light rail sector

Government reiterates support for uk light rail sector

01 July 2015RTM’s David Stevenson attended the 10th UK Light Rail Conference in Nottingham and reports on some of the biggest issues raised at the event. The recent UK Light Rail Conference has been labelled a resounding success, as the government reit...

Strong case for light rail integration with HS2

Strong case for light rail integration with HS2

01 July 2015Norman Baker, former light rail minister; Paul Buchanan, partner at Volterra Partners; David Ralph, chief executive of D2N2; and Martha Grekos, partner and head of the planning and infrastructure team in London at Irwin Mitchell, discuss the oppor...

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Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

03/07/2020Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

Greater Anglia are currently in the depths of replacing their old trains with brand new state-of-the-art modern trains, including 111 trains from... more >
‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

03/07/2020‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

As lockdown restrictions look to be relaxed further this weekend, with businesses like pubs, restaurants and cinemas beginning to reopen, train o... more >
SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

02/07/2020SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

South Western Railway’s (SWR) Wimbledon depot recently received its first Class 701 train, marking a momentous milestone in the £1bn ... 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 >