Light rail and trams

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...

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...

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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 >