Light rail and trams

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...

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...

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Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottle-neck in UK

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Network Rail has announced a public consultation into proposals for a major rail upgrade to the ‘Croydon bottle-neck’ on the Brighton... more >
HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

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Councillors have endorsed a “milestone” plan to transform Leeds station in preparation for HS2 arriving in the region. The Leeds... more >
Paddington: New GWR Hitachi train takes down rail network whilst on its test run

17/10/2018Paddington: New GWR Hitachi train takes down rail network whilst on its test run

A brand-new test train has “severely damaged” overhead electric wires, causing massive disruption to all trains going into and out of... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >