Light rail and trams

Blackpool tram passenger numbers back on the rise after 2014 dip

Blackpool tram passenger numbers back on the rise after 2014 dip

01.03.17: Blackpool’s revamped tram network has seen record numbers of passengers travel on the services, as ticket sales show that five million journeys have been registered since April 2016 – the highest number since the tram re-opened in 20...

Second City Crossing opens as Metrolink complete ‘big bang’ expansion

Second City Crossing opens as Metrolink complete ‘big bang’ expansion

27.02.17: The new Second City Crossing tram line through Manchester city centre was opened yesterday, marking the completion of Metrolink’s “big bang” expansion. The line now links together 93 stops over 60 miles with the addition o...

Delayed Sheffield tram-train completion date finally set

Delayed Sheffield tram-train completion date finally set

21.02.17: A completion date has finally been set for the long-awaited construction of South Yorkshire’s tram-train project, with work expected to be finished two-and-a-half years later than originally predicted. The project, which is expected t...

Jones announces £60k bursary for Doncaster high-speed rail college

Jones announces £60k bursary for Doncaster high-speed rail college

21.02.17: Transport minister Andrew Jones has announced an additional £60,000 worth of DfT funding will be made available for bursary schemes for students who study at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR). The announcement was made...

RAIB: Croydon tram driver had ‘lost awareness’ before fatal derailment

RAIB: Croydon tram driver had ‘lost awareness’ before fatal derailment

20.02.17: The driver of the fatal Sandilands junction tram accident in Croydon, London, had “lost awareness” before the carriage he was controlling derailed, killing seven people, the latest interim report from the Rail Accident Investigation...

Metrolink’s Second City Crossing set to open later this month

Metrolink’s Second City Crossing set to open later this month

15.02.17: Metrolink’s new Second City Crossing tram line is due to open in Manchester later this month, TfGM announced to the public today, marking the completion of the £1.5bn “big bang” expansion programme. The first passeng...

Midland Metro tram shipped to Spain for battery fit-out ahead of OLE-free operation

Midland Metro tram shipped to Spain for battery fit-out ahead of OLE-free operation

23.01.17: The first of the Midland Metro light rail fleet has been shipped back to the Zaragoza factory in Spain, where it was made, to be fitted with batteries as part of trailblazing plans to introduce battery-powered tram in the UK – thus ruling...

DLR’s KeolisAmey set to run Manchester Metrolink

DLR’s KeolisAmey set to run Manchester Metrolink

18.01.17: Greater Manchester’s Metrolink network is set to be run by a new joint venture partnership starting from this summer up until 2027. KeolisAmey, a partnership between transport operator Keolis and infrastructure specialist Amey –...

Enabling works begin on new Trafford Park Metrolink line

Enabling works begin on new Trafford Park Metrolink line

13.01.17: Work has now begun on the £350m Metrolink Trafford Park line, a planned route on Manchester’s light rail network which will offer new transport connections to the intu Trafford Centre. The new six stop line, branching off from t...

RAIB investigates fatal Sheffield tram accident

RAIB investigates fatal Sheffield tram accident

11.01.17: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has decided to investigate a fatal accident just before Christmas in which a Sheffield man was killed by a tram. At around 10am on 22 December 2016 a pedestrian, who had just stepped off an inbo...

DLR fare-dodging clampdown success ‘due to franchise specifications’

DLR fare-dodging clampdown success ‘due to franchise specifications’

09.12.16: Docklands Light Railway (DLR) has revealed how it used requirements in its franchise partnership to tackle fare evasion in an interview with RTM. An RTM Freedom of Information request found that DLR has lost £3.3m to fare evasion sinc...

MPT wins £350m contract to build Metrolink’s Trafford Park extension

MPT wins £350m contract to build Metrolink’s Trafford Park extension

02.12.16: The Metrolink Trafford Park line will be built by the consortium which has already delivered the other extensions to Manchester’s light rail network. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has given the green light for Trans...

First test trams run along Manchester’s Second City Crossing

First test trams run along Manchester’s Second City Crossing

01.12.16: The first trams have been tested on Manchester’s new Second City Crossing in the early hours of this morning (1 December). The new line, which is due to open to passengers early next year, will allow for more frequent services on the...

Second City Crossing on its way

Second City Crossing on its way

18.11.16: Peter Cushing, Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM’s) Metrolink director, gives RTM an update on the Second City Crossing project. September saw a major milestone for Greater Manchester Metrolink as we laid the final stretc...

Second City Crossing gets green light to open in early 2017

Second City Crossing gets green light to open in early 2017

11.11.16: Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) leaders have given the city’s expanding light rail network Metrolink the green light to open its Second City Crossing (2CC) in early 2017, approving its plans in a committee meeting today. The n...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

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Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

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An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

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As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

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John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

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Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >