Light rail and trams

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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First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

15/11/2018First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

The first of Greater Anglia’s brand-new trains has now arrived in the region, pulling up to Norwich by a locomotive ahead of a programme of... more >
Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

15/11/2018Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

HS2’s second phase will cost more compared to similar overseas schemes because it relies on new dedicated high-speed lines into city-centre... more >
HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

15/11/2018HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

Costs for HS2’s Phase 2 could be 27% lower if the company succeeds in implementing a series of opportunities to make the project more effic... 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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
Data-driven rail

13/11/2018Data-driven rail

Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06/11/2018Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >

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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >