Light rail and trams

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...

The newest additions to the Metrolink fleet

The newest additions to the Metrolink fleet

14.03.14: New style Metrolink trams have joined the M5000 fleet in Manchester. RTM spoke to Metrolink director Peter Cushing. The fleet of Metrolink trams is expanding to 104 of the new M5000 vehicles. The newest batch feature a revised seating lay...

Improved Metrolink trams enter service in Manchester

Improved Metrolink trams enter service in Manchester

21.01.14: The fleet of Metrolink trams in Manchester is being expanded, with the first three out of an order of 30 M5000s coming into service this month. The latest trams have eight extra seats with a revised layout compared to the current M5000s, as...

The next twenty years

The next twenty years

16.01.14: The DfT is part-funding Sheffield’s Supertram track replacement, Baroness Kramer has announced. David Young, deputy interim director general of SYPTE, speaks to RTM. Sheffield’s Supertram service is undergoing work to replace worn...

All Change programme enters fourth year

All Change programme enters fourth year

13.01.14: Nexus is to invest £35m in the Metro during the fourth year of its All Change modernisation programme. The majority of work will be carried out at weekends and during the night to limit disruption for commuters, Nexus announced. ...

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HS2 progress report released

24/01/2020HS2 progress report released

Today (Jan 24) the latest update on the rail project High Speed Two was released by the National Audit Service. The report says The Departme... more >
Transform a Pacer competition winners announced

23/01/2020Transform a Pacer competition winners announced

Aired on television last night (Jan 22) the lucky winners of the Transform a Pacer competition were announced. The competition means that after 3... more >
Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

23/01/2020Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20 David Clarke, Technical Director, Railway Industry Association talks us through the ways innovation can be used to... 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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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 >