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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...

Blackpool Tramway extension: What's in store

Blackpool Tramway extension: What's in store

24.11.17: Cllr Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, outlines the proposals for the extension to the existing tramway from North Pier to Blackpool North railway station. Blackpool is undergoing major regeneration between 2017 and 2019...

Metrolink: 25 years and counting

Metrolink: 25 years and counting

02.11.17: Danny Vaughan, head of Metrolink at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), celebrates the network’s 25-year anniversary, which comes packed with expansion promises to further improve connections in the region. In Metrolink’s S...

Contractors invited to tender for £165m Edinburgh tram extension

Contractors invited to tender for £165m Edinburgh tram extension

30.10.17: Edinburgh City Council has started its search for contractors to deliver the city’s major tram extension. Tendering has begun on the project, which has been divided into two lots: lot 1 - the infrastructure and systems contract, and lot 2...

Nexus to lead north east bid for 5G connectivity testbed

Nexus to lead north east bid for 5G connectivity testbed

26.09.17: Transport authorities in the north east have today voiced their ambition to set up a national testbed for 5G connectivity in the region. In a bid to establish the area as a leader for 5G in England, the North East Combined Authority (NECA)...

Delayed Sheffield tram-train starts services on light rail network

Delayed Sheffield tram-train starts services on light rail network

15.09.17: The delay-hit tram-train project has finally reached an important landmark as it launched its first passenger service yesterday. Rail minister Paul Maynard was in attendance with transport leaders from across Sheffield to introduce the firs...

Tram-train: where did we go wrong?

Tram-train: where did we go wrong?

14.09.17: Andrew Braddock, chairman of the Light Rail Transit Association (LRTA), argues against the ‘not invented here’ syndrome that has kept the UK from implementing a tram-train scheme quickly and successfully. The majority of tramway...

Lack of communication main reason key Leeds transport projects failed

Lack of communication main reason key Leeds transport projects failed

13.09.17: A lack of communication with vital partners and the public was a key reason for the failure of Leeds’ New Generation Transport and Supertram projects, a report has this week revealed. Publishing its draft report, the council’s i...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transp... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. The Financial Times b... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with ... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >