Light rail and trams

Support for trams unites politics and business

31.05.07: The need for a tram system in Edinburgh has been highlighted by prominent business chiefs and city leaders who are calling for the First Minister of Scotland to support the tram project as an essential investment for the future growth of the cit...

A brighter future with Indigo

01.11.06: With a specialist transport department to manage and operate railway and airport contracts, and an long-established partnership approach, Indigo Services (UK) has established a leading position in the provision of cleaning services to the rail t...

Light at the end of the tunnel

01.09.06: According to David Sanders, of the Docklands Light Railway, London’s light rail network is currently in rude health Docklands Light Railway (DLR), part of Transport for London (TfL), has recently carried a record 55 million annual pas...

Metronet begins work at Bethnal Green station

01.09.06: Metronet Rail, responsible for the maintenance and renewal of two thirds of the London Underground, has begun work to modernise Bethnal Green station. Work is expected to be complete in summer 2007 in line with other local preparation work for t...

Talking concrete

01.08.06: James Best, senior bridge engineer, Halcrow, tells us about his company’s recent work on the DLR City Airport Extension Viaduct The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) City Airport Extension is an exciting project that provides an essential...

DLR Olympic train order

01.07.06: Docklands Light Railway (DLR), part of Transport for London (TfL), has ordered 31 new rail carriages from Bombardier for the extended Stratford International station. The carriages, which will cost £50 million, are being funded by TfL...

Serco awarded 7 year franchise from DLRL

01.05.06: Docklands Light Railway Ltd (DLRL), part of Transport for London (TfL), has confirmed the award of a £400 million franchise to Serco Ltd. to continue to operate, maintain and support the DLR for the next seven years. Serco was origina...

Work on Woolwich Arsenal extension begins

01.05.06: Work has begun on the tunnelling work that is to form part of the 2.5 km Woolwich Arsenal extension on the Docklands Light Railway. As part of the preparatory work a 540 tonne boring machine was lowered into a launch chamber in North Woolwi...

Woolwich Arsenal extension moves forward

01.02.06: Work has begun on the tunnelling that will form part of the 2.5km Woolwich Arsenal extension on the Dockland Light Railway. As part of the preparatory work, a 540 tonne boring machine was lowered into a launch chamber in North Woolwich, in...

£52 million of contracts from Network Rail

01.01.06: Network Rail has awarded multi-million, long term steel contracts to two suppliers, with a third in the final negotiations. A corner stone of Network Rail’s rail renewal programme, the contracts will deliver over 100,000 tonnes of hig...

Network Rail’s £10 million IT project

01.01.06: Network Rail has completed one of the UK’s largest technology upgrades of 2005. 17,500 IT users, in over 460 locations around the UK, have been migrated to the latest versions of Microsoft Office applications under XP/SP2. The program...

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Union to continue with controversial four-day Easter Weekend strike

16/03/2018Union to continue with controversial four-day Easter Weekend strike

Union members working for South Western Railway (SWR) are to go through with a four-day strike running across both bank holidays over the Easter ... more >
NR slapped with £730,000 fine for Gloucester freight derailment

16/03/2018NR slapped with £730,000 fine for Gloucester freight derailment

Network Rail has been ordered to pay £733,000 fines after a court found that its failure to adequately maintain track had caused a freight ... more >
Network Rail sees more than £200m in retail sales in Q4 2017

15/03/2018Network Rail sees more than £200m in retail sales in Q4 2017

Retail sales at Network Rail managed stations grew by 3.5% in the final quarter of 2017, it was revealed today. Between April and December 2017 ... more >

editor's comment

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 >

last word

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 >

'the sleepers' daily blog

How can UK rail become a global leader?

06/03/2018How can UK rail become a global leader?

Alison Dervis, EY director, explains why more diverse thinking, innovation and industry collaboration will help deliver transformative change to the railway industry. From late Georgian steam engines, to the multibillion-pound civil engineering projects of modern day, Britain’s railways have a legendary and inspiring tale to tell of... more >
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Smart Ticketing: The way ahead

13/03/2018Smart Ticketing: The way ahead

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), runs through the nationwide progress in rolling out ... more >
A benchmark year for HS2

13/03/2018A benchmark year for HS2

Jim Crawford, managing director of Phase 1 at HS2 Ltd, discusses the many critical activities set to take place this year as the mammoth high-spe... more >
The North has a plan

13/03/2018The North has a plan

There has always been an incredible thirst for change in the north. Now, there is finally a plan robust and forward-thinking enough to make it ha... more >
EWR: Getting it right

13/03/2018EWR: Getting it right

Peter Austin, delivery director at East West Rail Company (EWRco), argues that completing the link between Oxford and Cambridge as quickly as pos... more >

rail industry focus

  • 08/12/2017A game changer for Midland Metro

    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the latest projects taking place across the growing Midland Metro...
  • 09/11/2017Testing tomorrow's technology today

    David Brazier, site manager and area sales manager for the UK & Ireland at OMICRON electronics, tells RTM’s Luana Salles about the major...
  • 09/11/2017What next for safety?

    As rail businesses edge towards their target of zero injuries, improving safety performance can plateau. Amey’s sector director for rail, Lee...
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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >