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

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

01 November 2014Metrolink’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 Cus...

Manchester Victoria Metrolink upgrade delayed

Manchester Victoria Metrolink upgrade delayed

24 October 2014The 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 been pu...

Opening date set for new Metrolink line to Manchester Airport

Opening date set for new Metrolink line to Manchester Airport

13 October 2014The 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 of the...

Centro unveils Eastside extension plans for Midland Metro

Centro unveils Eastside extension plans for Midland Metro

09 October 2014Design 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 consultation...

Triple success for Midland Metro at Light Rail Awards

Triple success for Midland Metro at Light Rail Awards

07 October 2014Midland 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 awards for...

Metrolink provides safety example for European experts

Metrolink provides safety example for European experts

22 September 2014Light 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 and th...

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

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

15 September 2014Transport 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 Metrolink...

New Midland Metro trams go into service in September

New Midland Metro trams go into service in September

15 August 2014Midland 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 the exis...

Tram innovators win funding to develop ideas

Tram innovators win funding to develop ideas

11 July 2014Plans 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 to enc...

Greater Manchester seeks public support for new tram line

Greater Manchester seeks public support for new tram line

04 July 2014Transport 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 the new...

Serco loses DLR operations to Keolis Amey

Serco loses DLR operations to Keolis Amey

04 July 2014  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 pe...

15 new trams for Nottingham delivered – but extension delayed

15 new trams for Nottingham delivered – but extension delayed

02 July 2014The 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, said mos...

Manchester Airport tram extension to open 18 months early

Manchester Airport tram extension to open 18 months early

20 June 2014The 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 for Gre...

Consultation on Manchester Metrolink extension set to begin

Consultation on Manchester Metrolink extension set to begin

16 June 2014A 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 (TfGM) C...

Midland Metro to unveil first Urbos 3 tram to the public

Midland Metro to unveil first Urbos 3 tram to the public

11 June 2014The 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 will be a...

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Ep.17 Becoming a data-driven railway, Kelley Quirk and Martin Mason

21/09/2020Ep.17 Becoming a data-driven railway, Kelley Quirk and Martin Mason

This week host Ailsa Cowen is joined by two guests from Network Rail. Martin Mason, Programme Manager, at Network Rail’s Digital Railway an... more >
Ely rail capacity upgrade open for public consultation

21/09/2020Ely rail capacity upgrade open for public consultation

Network Rail have today opened their first round of public consultation for proposals to upgrade the railway in and around Ely and will run for s... more >
Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

21/09/2020Rail franchises to end, making way for a new railway

After 24 years, the Department for Transport (DfT) has today (21st Sept) announced that rail franchising is to end, forming the early steps towar... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... 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 >