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'A phenomenal achievement': Manchester Metrolink's latest successful extension

'A phenomenal achievement': Manchester Metrolink's latest successful extension

01.11.14: Metrolink’s latest extension, to Manchester Airport, will have just opened as you open this edition of RTM. The project has been delivered more than a year ahead of schedule – how have they done it? RTM met Metrolink director Peter C...

Manchester Victoria Metrolink upgrade delayed

Manchester Victoria Metrolink upgrade delayed

24.10.14: The planned upgrade of the Metrolink stop at Manchester Victoria, which forms a key element of Network Rail’s redevelopment of the iconic city centre station, has been delayed. Work was expected to be complete by next month, but has b...

Opening date set for new Metrolink line to Manchester Airport

Opening date set for new Metrolink line to Manchester Airport

13.10.14: The new Metrolink light rail line from Manchester city centre to Manchester Airport will open to passengers on Monday 3 November, well over 12 months ahead of schedule, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has announced. The final stage...

Centro unveils Eastside extension plans for Midland Metro

Centro unveils Eastside extension plans for Midland Metro

09.10.14: Design plans for two options to extend the Midland Metro through the heart of the Digbeth area of Birmingham have been unveiled by Centro, with the public invited to give their views on the plans.  Following an initial public consultat...

Triple success for Midland Metro at Light Rail Awards

Triple success for Midland Metro at Light Rail Awards

07.10.14: Midland Metro celebrated a hat-trick of success at the Light Rail Awards, which celebrates excellence and innovation in the light and urban rail industries.  During the eighth edition of the event, on 1 October, Midland Metro won award...

Metrolink provides safety example for European experts

Metrolink provides safety example for European experts

22.09.14: Light rail experts from across Europe visited Greater Manchester this week to explore new ways of keeping tramways safe in urban areas. Visiting various street-running sections across the Metrolink network such as Eccles, Droylsden, Oldham...

Manchester ups tram order from 12 to 16 in £34m deal

Manchester ups tram order from 12 to 16 in £34m deal

15.09.14: Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has struck a deal with Bombardier to buy 16 more M5000 Flexity trams using cash from the government’s Local Growth Fund. The £34m contract, which will boost Greater Manchester’s Metr...

New Midland Metro trams go into service in September

New Midland Metro trams go into service in September

15.08.14: Midland Metro is to start running the first of its new 20-strong Urbos 3 tram fleet between Wolverhampton and Birmingham next month. From 5 September, the four new CAF-built trams, which are bigger and offer a smoother, quieter ride than th...

Tram innovators win funding to develop ideas

Tram innovators win funding to develop ideas

11.07.14: Plans to develop a low-cost overhead power system are among the first four projects to receive funding from UKTram’s £3m Low Impact Light Rail scheme. Designed to promote innovation in the light rail sector, the scheme attempts...

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...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transp... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. The Financial Times b... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with ... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >