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New trams on the way for Manchester as TfGM signs £72m contract

New trams on the way for Manchester as TfGM signs £72m contract

02.07.18: 27 new Metrolink trams will bolster Manchester’s light rail network in a new £72m contract signed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) today. The fleet will provide 4,800 extra spaces and increase capacity on the network b...

Firm named for new Coventry VLR project

Firm named for new Coventry VLR project

18.06.18: A transport firm has won a contract to work with Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) of Warwick University to develop a very light rail vehicle as a new transport solution for Coventry. Stratford-upon-Avon-based Transport Design International...

Summer works will see Metrolink’s future Trafford Park extension linked to Eccles line

Summer works will see Metrolink’s future Trafford Park extension linked to Eccles line

11.06.18: Work to deliver a bigger and better Metrolink network across Manchester will be carried out this summer. The work, which will result in a 13 day closure of the Eccles line from the end of July, will link the under-construction Trafford Park Met...

Construction begins on Luton Airport rail link

Construction begins on Luton Airport rail link

17.04.18: Work has officially started on the £225m Luton airport light rail link. The DART transit system will transport passengers from Luton Airport Parkway to the airport in under four minutes, meaning that travellers will be able to reach the t...

Tram passengers demand better value for money from services

Tram passengers demand better value for money from services

21.03.18:   Satisfaction with value for money for tram passengers has dropped slightly, the latest Tram Passenger Survey has revealed. Fare-paying passengers’ satisfaction with the value for money of tram journeys was 69% in 2016, down to...

Bidders shortlisted for Edinburgh tram extension contract

Bidders shortlisted for Edinburgh tram extension contract

14.03.18: A list of four bidders has been finalized for the Infrastructure and Systems contract to take trams to Newhaven, Edinburgh. The City of Edinburgh Council has called the step a “key milestone” towards the completion of the Final Busi...

London Marathon strike: Union to have emergency talks with DLR operators

London Marathon strike: Union to have emergency talks with DLR operators

13.03.18: RMT officials have agreed to meet with DLR operator Keolis Amey Docklands (KAD) today, in an emergency effort to end their ongoing dispute before strike action begins over the weekend of the London Marathon. The talks will be hosted by conc...

Consultation launched into potential Edinburgh tram extension

Consultation launched into potential Edinburgh tram extension

09.03.18: A consultation is to be launched to help shape the plans to extend Edinburgh’s tram line to Newhaven and Leith. The consultation, which will start later this month, will seek feedback on traffic management and business support plans for t...

Metrolink told to publish performance figures after communication mishaps

Metrolink told to publish performance figures after communication mishaps

07.03.18: Manchester Metrolink is to publish a monthly report into its performance, as part of a new drive to improve the passenger experience. The report will publish statistics on the Metrolink’s performance, including punctuality and cancellatio...

First piece of track laid on Metrolink’s £350m Trafford Park extension

First piece of track laid on Metrolink’s £350m Trafford Park extension

02.02.18: The first piece of track was laid at Parkway Circle today as part of the extension of Manchester’s Metrolink to Trafford Park.  The event, which marked a major milestone in the £350m scheme, was witnessed by Mayor of Greater Ma...

GM Metrolink services get capacity boost and updated tram map

GM Metrolink services get capacity boost and updated tram map

24.01.18: Metrolink service changes are set for launch next week, with the operator expanding routes and unveiling a new and improved tram map. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) says the changes are set to increase capacity on most services fro...

Next phase of £150m Wolverhampton tram extension to move forward in March

Next phase of £150m Wolverhampton tram extension to move forward in March

18.01.18: The next phase of Wolverhampton’s £150m tram extension will kick off in March, it was revealed today. In a statement, the Midland Metro Alliance, a consortium of companies responsible for the expansion of the network on behalf o...

Nottingham tram operator records losses of £48m following network expansion

Nottingham tram operator records losses of £48m following network expansion

17.01.18: The operator of Nottingham’s tram network has recorded huge losses that grew from £15m to £48.5m in the year to 31 March 2017. In accounts released today by Tramlink Nottingham, it was found that the company recorded the l...

Contractor selected to deliver £25m Preston tramline

Contractor selected to deliver £25m Preston tramline

12.01.18: A project to bring tram services back to Preston has taken a major step forward today with the appointments of the contractors who will deliver the project. The £25m scheme, run by Preston Trampower, will involve building a 3.5-mile-l...

Original Midlands Metro tram fleet to be auctioned off

Original Midlands Metro tram fleet to be auctioned off

04.12.17: The original fleet of Midlands Metro trains is to be auctioned off. Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) will sell of its Amsaldo T69 trams, which were taken out of service back in 2014. The...

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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 >