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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...

Manchester to get £350m Metrolink extension to Trafford Park

Manchester to get £350m Metrolink extension to Trafford Park

03.11.14: Manchester is set to receive a new £350m Metrolink line to Trafford Park as part of a new devolution package to the region announced by George Osborne today. Under the new deal Greater Manchester will get a new directly elected mayor...

Everyday learning for Edinburgh Trams

Everyday learning for Edinburgh Trams

01.11.14: Tom Norris, director and general manager at Edinburgh Trams, talks to RTM about the first six months the trams have been up and running in the Scottish capital and the long-term ambitions for the new light rail line. After six years of cons...

Midland Metro extension moving forward

Midland Metro extension moving forward

01.11.14: Paul Griffiths, Metro and Sprint programme director at Centro, discusses the developments and progress on the Midland Metro extension. Midland Metro’s multi-million pound extension is due to be operational by autumn 2015, coming onli...

'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...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by ... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

22/02/2019Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

Eurostar queues of up to 15,000 passengers could mount up at London’s St Pancras International station in the event of a no-deal Brexit, ac... more >
New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

21/02/2019New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in the role. Bringing m... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >