Light rail and trams

Dubai Metro Project – a geotechnical perspective

14.11.07: The Dubai Light Rail project (Dubai Metro) is the first metro project having been undertaken in the Middle East. The project currently consists of the Red and Green Lines (see figure 1), with a total length of 75.9 km, of which 13.5 km will be u...

Edinburgh trams get go ahead

14.11.07: The Edinburgh trams infrastructure contract, one of the largest construction contracts in the UK, received the backing of the majority of city councillors when they voted to approve tie Ltd’s final business case for the scheme at a meeting...

Electric vehicle compressors go global

14.11.07: Worldwide compressor manufacturer Gardner Denver recently transferred a number of products from its Wittig subsidiary to the GD Transport Strategic Business Unit in Bradford, UK. For the public transport industry this means a new home for t...

GMPTE choose Vossloh

14.11.07: The Vossloh Kiepe (VKD) and Bombardier Transportation UK (BT) Consortium have won the contract to supply the new light rail vehicles for Greater Manchester Transportation Executive. The new LRVs are based on the K5000 LRVs currently operating su...

Greater Manchester’s light rail revolution

14.11.07: Greater Manchester’s Metrolink network has become one of the most successful light rail schemes in the UK since it began operating in 1992. Passengers now make around 55,000 journeys on the service every day – nearly 20 million each...

Isolated turnout slabs in Heidelberg

14.11.07: Two floating slab spring systems have been installed in turnouts in the new single track tram system in the narrow streets of the German city of Heidelberg. The turnouts are lo-cated before and after the Schwetzinger Straße-Odenwaldplatz s...

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...

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Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... more >
TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

12/06/2019TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

TfL has awarded a contract for 43 new trains to replace the oldest rolling stock on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with the first scheduled t... more >
Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >