Light rail and trams

Metrolink set for further expansion

14.11.07: Tram journeys will now be much smoother, quieter and more reliable on the Manchester Metrolink following the summer’s track upgrades and this will be just the start of a multi-million pound investment. Greater Manchester Passenger Tra...

Serco wins London & SE Commuter Operator of the Year

14.11.07: Serco Docklands has won the award for London & SE Commuter Operator of the Year, for its operation of the Docklands Light Railway at the National Rail Awards 2007. The award was presented by Jeremy Vine from the BBC at a gala dinner hel...

The year of the metro

14.11.07: 50 years of UITP Metro Division to be celebrated in Valencia 2007 is the ‘year of the metro’ for the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), with its Metro Division celebrating its 50th anniversary. It is the occ...

World class consortium selected for tram infrastructure contract

25.10.07: tie Limited has recommended BBS (a consortium comprising Bilfinger Berger and Siemens Group) as its preferred bidder for the contract to carry out the design, construction and maintenance of Edinburgh’s tram network. The Edinburgh tra...

Lightweight rail lift-off

27.09.07: The third fleet of new trains for Govia's new London Midland franchise, alongside new builds of classes 350 and 172, consists of two Parry People Movers lightweight railcars for use on the Stourbridge Town branch-a statement of confidence in an...

Nationwide search begins for new tram team

13.09.07: A nationwide search has started for a new team to oversee the high-profile expansion of the Metrolink light-rail network Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) is investing over £600 million on expanding the Metrolin...

DLR 20th anniversary competition winners to get inside track

16.08.07: Docklands Light Railway (DLR), part of Transport for London (TfL), celebrates its 20th anniversary on 31 August 2007. As part of the celebrations to mark the occasion it is offering up to 20 DLR buffs the opportunity to spend an afternoon at the...

Docklands Light Railway to increase capacity by 50 per cent with three-car trains

02.08.07: Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed plans to introduce longer trains on the busiest parts of the Docklands Light Railway from 2009, which will lead to a 50 per cent increase in capacity by 2010. This follows Department for Transport ap...

Multi-million pound Metrolink expansion on the way

02.08.07: Transport bosses in Greater Manchester have appointed a delivery partner to help oversee the multi million-pound expansion of the Metrolink network. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) has awarded the contract to Parson...

Tunnel extending Docklands Light Railway to Woolwich completed

26.07.07: The tunnel extending the Dockland Light Railway under the River Thames to Woolwich Arsenal has been completed on time as the 540-tonne boring machine broke through the earth south of the Thames. The £180 million, 2.5km extension will...

DLR on track for Stratford International as £67m contract awarded

24.07.07: Docklands Light Railway (DLR), part of Transport for London (TfL), has awarded its main construction contract to build the £238m DLR Stratford International extension to a Skanska and GrantRail joint venture. The £67m works, fun...

DLR takes next steps toward Dagenham

13.07.07: Docklands Light Railway (DLR), part of Transport for London (TfL), has launched its second phase of consultation for its proposed extension to Dagenham Dock. Over 60,000 leaflets have been distributed to local residents, organisations and g...

6000 extra seats a week for 'one' metro customers!

21.06.07: National Express Group is providing an extra 6000 seats a week for passengers on 'one' railways peak Metro services between Shenfield and London Liverpool street In order to ensure customers have a more comfortable journey, ‘one&rsquo...

Stagecoach appointed as new Metrolink operator

31.05.07: Transport bosses in Greater Manchester have signed a deal with Stagecoach Group plc for the company to operate Metrolink services for the next decade. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE), which owns the Metrolink networ...

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...

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Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

22/01/2019Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

The proposed rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre must be built “as a matter of urgency,” according to opposition pa... more >
Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

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Rail company Freightliner has revealed that it is hoping to build a new multi-million pound depot for its trains just outside Ipswich station. ... more >
Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

22/01/2019Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

Porterbrook has unveiled a £11m contract with Bombardier to modify 12 Class 387 trains in preparation for their use on the Heathrow Express... 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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Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

22/01/2019Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

techUK recently published its Future Mobility Services report in which it presented its vision of a multimodal, digitally-enabled, and customer-focused transport ecosystem – with the rail sector forming a major part of this. Jessica Russell, techUK’s programme manager for the Transport and Smart Cities groups under SmarterUK, repor... more >
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ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

22/01/2019ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

Track engineer Dan Collins explains how an app and an iPad are transforming track maintenance in Network Rail’s Western route. Carryin... more >
Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

22/01/2019Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

Paul Baines, sales director for rolling stock at Siemens Mobility Ltd, expands on the many benefits of the £1.5bn Deep Tube rolling stock c... more >
Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

22/01/2019Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

The high value of survey equipment used to collect geospatial data on the railways is increasingly attractive to opportunistic criminals. The Sur... more >
ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

15/01/2019ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

Ahead of CP6, Howard Taylor, cost manager of railway planning and performance at the ORR, dives deep into the regulator’s assessment of wha... 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 >