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Delayed Sheffield tram-train starts services on light rail network

Delayed Sheffield tram-train starts services on light rail network

15.09.17: The delay-hit tram-train project has finally reached an important landmark as it launched its first passenger service yesterday. Rail minister Paul Maynard was in attendance with transport leaders from across Sheffield to introduce the firs...

Tram-train: where did we go wrong?

Tram-train: where did we go wrong?

14.09.17: Andrew Braddock, chairman of the Light Rail Transit Association (LRTA), argues against the ‘not invented here’ syndrome that has kept the UK from implementing a tram-train scheme quickly and successfully. The majority of tramway...

Lack of communication main reason key Leeds transport projects failed

Lack of communication main reason key Leeds transport projects failed

13.09.17: A lack of communication with vital partners and the public was a key reason for the failure of Leeds’ New Generation Transport and Supertram projects, a report has this week revealed. Publishing its draft report, the council’s i...

Iconic Birmingham statue makes way for start of tram expansion project

Iconic Birmingham statue makes way for start of tram expansion project

06.09.17: The Midland Metro tram expansion has taken a key step forward as one of Birmingham’s iconic landmarks, the Iron: Man, was lifted out of Victoria Square to make way for construction. Two cranes were used to raise the six-tonne metal sc...

Midland Metro extension work to start ‘within weeks’ as DfT funds secured

Midland Metro extension work to start ‘within weeks’ as DfT funds secured

01.09.17: The Midland Metro expansion that will link Birmingham city centre with Edgbaston has been given the green light by government after the project’s funding was formally confirmed. The 2km-long extension, which forms the last stretch of...

Work begins to transform Crumpsall Metrolink stop ahead of £350m expansion

Work begins to transform Crumpsall Metrolink stop ahead of £350m expansion

25.08.17: Work to transform the Crumpsall Metrolink stop ahead of the operator’s £350m expansion to Trafford Park has started this week. The stop will undergo a significant upgrade as the new six stop line is planned to run direct from in...

TfGM starts search for Metrolink renewals and enhancements partners

TfGM starts search for Metrolink renewals and enhancements partners

04.08.17: TfGM has today announced that it is taking a “very different approach” to its procurement strategy as it announced the start of the competition for Metrolink Renewals and Enhancements Framework contracts. The light rail operator...

Nexus starts work on £5.5m Tyne and Wear bridge replacement

Nexus starts work on £5.5m Tyne and Wear bridge replacement

02.08.17: Major work has begun this week to replace a rail bridge that serves the Tyne and Wear Metro service. Nexus, the operator who runs light rail in the region, said that the bridge over Killingworth Road in the Gosforth area had now been remove...

TfGM award contract for Trafford Park extension

TfGM award contract for Trafford Park extension

12.07.17: TfGM has revealed that the contract to extend the Metrolink network has been awarded to MPact Thales (MPT) and WSP. MPT, a consortium of Laing O’Rourke, VolkerRail and Thales, will again collaborate to design and construct the new lin...

Costs of Sheffield tram-train pilot soar to five times its original budget

Costs of Sheffield tram-train pilot soar to five times its original budget

04.07.17: The costs of the beleaguered Sheffield tram-train project are expected to have run over five times the original budget after months of delays and uncertainty, a scathing report has today revealed. Releasing its independent findings, the Nat...

WMCA submits £200m Midland Metro expansion plans to DfT

WMCA submits £200m Midland Metro expansion plans to DfT

26.06.17: Ambitious £200m plans to expand the Midland Metro network have been presented to the DfT. Following Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) taking over the running for the service from National Express in March, mayor of the West Midlands...

Trams now ‘benchmark for excellence’ for passenger satisfaction in rail

Trams now ‘benchmark for excellence’ for passenger satisfaction in rail

14.06.17: The tram network is setting the bar for passenger satisfaction across the UK rail industry according to consumer champion Transport Focus, which has found that people are very satisfied with the performance of light rail operators. In its l...

Part of Midland Metro tram line closes for essential works

Part of Midland Metro tram line closes for essential works

08.06.17: Tram services on the Midland Metro line between Wolverhampton and Birmingham will be facing major disruption this week as essential track maintenance work is carried out by engineers. The line from Priestfield to Wolverhampton St. George&rs...

Burnham calls on Mancunians to use tram to reduce city’s air pollution

Burnham calls on Mancunians to use tram to reduce city’s air pollution

07.06.17: Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has today appealed to residents to do their bit in reducing air pollution by taking the tram into work at least once a week. As part of the first Greater Manchester Clean Air Day that is taking place...

Metrolink unveils unique ‘Spirit of Manchester’ tram

Metrolink unveils unique ‘Spirit of Manchester’ tram

05.06.17: Metrolink yesterday unveiled a special tram that pays tribute to the “unique spirit” of Manchester that passengers will now be able to see running on the network. Tram 3022 has been renamed the ‘Spirit of Manchester’...

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Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

17/04/2019Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

A new interactive map which lets passengers find out about accessibility at stations has been launched by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to help b... more >
Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

17/04/2019Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

Helium-filled balloons are causing hundreds of train delays at a cost of £1m in taxpayer money every year, Network Rail has revealed. ... more >
Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

17/04/2019Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

Plans for an £80m sea wall to protect the Dawlish coastal rail line from extreme weather have been by approved by Teignbridge District Coun... 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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West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to deliver on uplifting capacity and bettering services for people across the region ahead of TCR Midlands 2019. What do your roles as Ex... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >