Light rail and trams

Metro completes £600,000 scheme to renew all five of its level crossings

20.10.08: A £600,000 project to renew all five level crossings on the Metro system has been successfully completed and will ensure they are in excellent working condition for many years to come. The level crossings at Callerton Parkway, Bank Fo...

New look for new trams

10.10.08: 40 new Metrolink trams will bring a splash of yellow to Greater Manchester when they start to arrive next year. Transport leaders on Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA) have unveiled the new look on a model tram. The tr...

Simonside metro station used by over 130,000 people in its first six months

10.10.08: Metro’s newest station at Simonside on South Tyneside has been used by more than 130,000 people in the six months since it first opened. Nexus, who own and operate Metro, said today that the figures for passenger flow for Simonside si...

Metrolink breathes new life into disused train line

04.10.08: Work along the route of a new Metrolink extension to Chorlton in South Manchester has started – more than forty years after the last passenger train ran on the line. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA) is overseei...

Manufacturers invited to build first tram-trains in the UK

03.10.08: The introduction of the first tram-trains in the UK moved a step closer today as train operator Northern Rail issued an Invitation to Tender (ITT) to build and maintain the modern, lightweight vehicles. The ITT invites responses for the man...

One year countdown to tram upgrade

26.09.08: Work to replace the Oldham train line with a brand new Metrolink tram line will begin in just over one year’s time. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) and Northern Rail have announced that the last train on the l...

TramForward campaigning at major party conferences

17.09.08: TramForward opened the light rail event at the Liberal Democratic Party conference on 14th September. A fringe meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Light Rail Group was addressed by TramForward’s Martin Petch as the first speaker. H...

City centre track upgrades on the way

12.09.08: The first stage of a major project to replace worn-out Metrolink track in Manchester city centre will begin later this month. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) is closing the Piccadilly and Piccadilly Gardens stops fo...

Nexus hails market update event for metro a success

12.09.08: Almost 100 leading figures from the rail, engineering industry attended a successful Market Update event organised by Nexus to take forward its Metro: All Change investment programme. Nexus is investing more than £320 million in Metro...

Midland Metro track-share proposals gather pace

29.08.08: Proposals to use innovative European technology to drive forward the Black Country’s planned extension of the Midland Metro tram system are progressing well, the region’s passenger transport authority has revealed. The concept o...

Normal Services Resume on DLR

29.08.08: Normal services have now resumed on Docklands Light Railway between Crossharbour and Lewisham. Trains will have an average three-minute frequency in the morning peak with passengers no longer needing to change at Island Gardens. A major eight-we...

Metrolink expansion goes ahead

16.07.08: New tram lines are due to start opening in Greater Manchester from Spring 2011 after transport bosses shook hands on a deal to extend the network Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) has appointed M-Pact Thales to design...

Twice as many city centre trams in Manchester

11.07.08: Twice as many trams will run through Manchester city centre when the new Metrolink lines open from spring 2011 onwards. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority is overseeing a £575 million expansion of the network to Oldham a...

Nexus considers legal action against scooter user

04.07.08: Nexus is considering legal action against a mobility scooter user who crashed onto railway lines at Byker station while travelling unaccompanied. The man was not seriously hurt but the accident on Saturday caused disruption to Metro service...

Trams on track for Spring 2011 arrival

20.06.08: New tram lines are due to start opening in Greater Manchester from Spring 2011 after transport bosses shook hands on a deal to extend the network. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) has appointed M-Pact Thales to desig...

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Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

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Iconic Glenfinnan viaduct turns blue for the country’s NHS heroes

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The viaduct, which you can see in the Harry Potter series of films, joined other famous attractions and venues like Glasgow’s SSH Hydro in ... more >
Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

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During the coronavirus crisis, Network Rail is awarding thousands of British firms a crucial boost to their cashflow, by declaring a move to imme... 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 >