Light rail and trams

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’...

Metrolink offers free travel for One Love Manchester concertgoers

Metrolink offers free travel for One Love Manchester concertgoers

01.06.17: Metrolink has today announced it will support the One Love Manchester aid concert taking place on Sunday by offering passengers free travel to Old Trafford. Following the terrorist attack that took place at Manchester Arena on Monday 22 May...

MPs urge parties to reduce air pollution through light rail investment

MPs urge parties to reduce air pollution through light rail investment

08.05.17: A group of influential MPs have called for political parties to improve the UK’s poor urban air quality by investing in cleaner trams. Politicians on the All Party Parliamentary Light Rail Group (APLRG) have sent a letter to all the m...

Second City Crossing: a new line through the heart of Manchester city centre

Second City Crossing: a new line through the heart of Manchester city centre

08.05.17: Danny Vaughan, head of Metrolink at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reflects on the successes and challenges of the innovative Second City Crossing project. Metrolink has helped to create the modern Greater Manchester city-region b...

Momentum builds for Metrolink extension works at Trafford

Momentum builds for Metrolink extension works at Trafford

03.05.17: Work to construct a new six-stop Metrolink line to Trafford Park industrial estate and into the Trafford Centre will move up a gear this month, resulting in some disruption for commuters. TfGM has stated that there may be road closures whil...

Crucial work to link Bolton station and interchange hits milestone

Crucial work to link Bolton station and interchange hits milestone

25.04.17: Considerable progress has now been made on the project to upgrade Bolton’s transport interchange and build a new ‘skylink’ bridge between the building and Bolton rail station. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has co...

NR completes crucial Sheffield tram-train track connection

NR completes crucial Sheffield tram-train track connection

19.04.17: Network Rail has reached a landmark point on the delayed tram-train project in South Yorkshire as engineers installed the physical link between the tram and the heavy rail network over the Easter weekend. The critical piece of track sits at...

Testing on Sheffield tram-train pilot finally starts

Testing on Sheffield tram-train pilot finally starts

05.04.17: Testing has finally begun on the UK’s first tram-train vehicles which are expected to be rolled out onto the network in 2018. The pilot scheme marks the first count of tram-trains in the UK and will provide a direct connection between...

Nexus takes back operation of Tyne and Wear Metro from DB Regio

Nexus takes back operation of Tyne and Wear Metro from DB Regio

04.04.17: Nexus has resumed responsibility for the operation of services on the Tyne and Wear Metro this week, taking back control from operator DB Regio, part of the Arriva Group, who had run services on behalf of Nexus since April 2010. Starting fr...

TfWM to take over running of Midland Metro next year

TfWM to take over running of Midland Metro next year

22.03.17: Day-to-day running of the Midland Metro tram service will be taken on entirely by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) from October 2018 when the current concession, which is held by National Express, ends. The move has been implemented to en...

£6m Newcastle Central Metro station refurbishment complete

£6m Newcastle Central Metro station refurbishment complete

13.03.17: The £6m project to revamp Newcastle Central Metro station has been completed, adding improvements to facilities for passengers at one of the north east’s major metro stations. Used by around 5.3 million people a year, the works...

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...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by ... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

22/02/2019Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

Eurostar queues of up to 15,000 passengers could mount up at London’s St Pancras International station in the event of a no-deal Brexit, ac... more >
New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

21/02/2019New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in the role. Bringing m... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >