Light rail and trams

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...

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...

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FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

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The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported failure to tell the London S... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks between the UK and Dutch gove... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >