Light rail and trams

5.1 per cent pay deal for Docklands Light Railway workers

10.01.08: More than 250 RMT members at Docklands Light Railway are to receive an inflation-busting 5.1 per cent pay increase, Britain’s biggest rail union reports today. The rise, of 0.8% above the current inflation rate of 4.3%, adds to the 4....

New Docklands Light Railway station opens at Langdon Park

13.12.07: A new station on the Docklands Light Railway was opened today at Langdon Park, Tower Hamlets, providing better access to London’s public transport network for thousands of residents. Situated between All Saints and Devons Road station...

Haymarket metro re-opens on Sundays from November 25

22.11.07: Haymarket Metro station will re-open on Sundays from this weekend – in time for the busiest time of year as shoppers flock to Newcastle City Centre. The station has been closed for the last 11 Sundays during the first phase of a &poun...

Blackpool trams take winter break

14.11.07: he entire Blackpool tramway will close shortly for the winter to allow major trackworks on large parts of the system. RTM spoke to Metro Coastlines’ operations director, Oliver Howarth. Tell us about the upgrade We’re in...

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...

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Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

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The Southern Railway team has converted one of its depots into a hand sanitiser bottling plant as they work to meet the needs of colleagues on th... more >
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 >