Light rail and trams

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...

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...

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Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and... more >
New access to York station as part of major brownfield redevelopment plans

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New plans including a new access point to York station and the expansion of the National Railway Museum headline groundbreaking proposals of crea... more >
Talgo launches legal bid against HS2 ‘botched’ £2.8bn train procurement

14/08/2018Talgo launches legal bid against HS2 ‘botched’ £2.8bn train procurement

HS2 Ltd is facing a fresh legal challenge from Spanish manufacturer Talgo over what it argues has been “botched” £2.8bn rolling... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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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 >