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UK’s first ever ‘tram train’ launches in South Yorkshire

UK’s first ever ‘tram train’ launches in South Yorkshire

25.10.18: The UK’s first ever operational ‘tram train’ running between Sheffield and Rotherham has been launched today, with the scheme almost three years late and five times overbudget. Jo Johnson and Sheffield City Region mayor Da...

Shortlisted bidders revealed for £360m Tyne and Wear rolling stock deal

Shortlisted bidders revealed for £360m Tyne and Wear rolling stock deal

17.09.18: Nexus, which runs the Tyne and Wear Metro, has announced a shortlist of bidders in the running for the £360m contract to build and maintain the network’s new rolling stock. Nexus has now begun detailed negotiations with all bidd...

Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

16.08.18: Spelthorne Borough Council has submitted proposals for a light rail link from Staines-upon-Thames to Heathrow airport to provide “joined-up journeys” into the airport from the south. The council is actively promoting the transpo...

Up to 50 more battery-powered trams on the way for West Midlands

Up to 50 more battery-powered trams on the way for West Midlands

14.08.18: As many as 50 new battery-powered ‘Urbos 3’ model trams could be on the way for transport in the West Midlands as part of the combined authority’s £3.4bn investment in transport in the area. Transport for West Midlan...

New trams on the way for Manchester as TfGM signs £72m contract

New trams on the way for Manchester as TfGM signs £72m contract

02.07.18: 27 new Metrolink trams will bolster Manchester’s light rail network in a new £72m contract signed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) today. The fleet will provide 4,800 extra spaces and increase capacity on the network b...

Firm named for new Coventry VLR project

Firm named for new Coventry VLR project

18.06.18: A transport firm has won a contract to work with Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) of Warwick University to develop a very light rail vehicle as a new transport solution for Coventry. Stratford-upon-Avon-based Transport Design International...

Summer works will see Metrolink’s future Trafford Park extension linked to Eccles line

Summer works will see Metrolink’s future Trafford Park extension linked to Eccles line

11.06.18: Work to deliver a bigger and better Metrolink network across Manchester will be carried out this summer. The work, which will result in a 13 day closure of the Eccles line from the end of July, will link the under-construction Trafford Park Met...

Construction begins on Luton Airport rail link

Construction begins on Luton Airport rail link

17.04.18: Work has officially started on the £225m Luton airport light rail link. The DART transit system will transport passengers from Luton Airport Parkway to the airport in under four minutes, meaning that travellers will be able to reach the t...

Tram passengers demand better value for money from services

Tram passengers demand better value for money from services

21.03.18:   Satisfaction with value for money for tram passengers has dropped slightly, the latest Tram Passenger Survey has revealed. Fare-paying passengers’ satisfaction with the value for money of tram journeys was 69% in 2016, down to...

Bidders shortlisted for Edinburgh tram extension contract

Bidders shortlisted for Edinburgh tram extension contract

14.03.18: A list of four bidders has been finalized for the Infrastructure and Systems contract to take trams to Newhaven, Edinburgh. The City of Edinburgh Council has called the step a “key milestone” towards the completion of the Final Busi...

London Marathon strike: Union to have emergency talks with DLR operators

London Marathon strike: Union to have emergency talks with DLR operators

13.03.18: RMT officials have agreed to meet with DLR operator Keolis Amey Docklands (KAD) today, in an emergency effort to end their ongoing dispute before strike action begins over the weekend of the London Marathon. The talks will be hosted by conc...

Consultation launched into potential Edinburgh tram extension

Consultation launched into potential Edinburgh tram extension

09.03.18: A consultation is to be launched to help shape the plans to extend Edinburgh’s tram line to Newhaven and Leith. The consultation, which will start later this month, will seek feedback on traffic management and business support plans for t...

Metrolink told to publish performance figures after communication mishaps

Metrolink told to publish performance figures after communication mishaps

07.03.18: Manchester Metrolink is to publish a monthly report into its performance, as part of a new drive to improve the passenger experience. The report will publish statistics on the Metrolink’s performance, including punctuality and cancellatio...

First piece of track laid on Metrolink’s £350m Trafford Park extension

First piece of track laid on Metrolink’s £350m Trafford Park extension

02.02.18: The first piece of track was laid at Parkway Circle today as part of the extension of Manchester’s Metrolink to Trafford Park.  The event, which marked a major milestone in the £350m scheme, was witnessed by Mayor of Greater Ma...

GM Metrolink services get capacity boost and updated tram map

GM Metrolink services get capacity boost and updated tram map

24.01.18: Metrolink service changes are set for launch next week, with the operator expanding routes and unveiling a new and improved tram map. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) says the changes are set to increase capacity on most services fro...

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LNER donates to charity fighting food hunger

31/03/2020LNER donates to charity fighting food hunger

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is continuing to support its suppliers and communities during the COVID-19 outbreak by giving out fresh sandw... more >
Free parking for NHS and care workers at two major stations

30/03/2020Free parking for NHS and care workers at two major stations

Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street stations have made their parking free of charge for NHS and care workers during the coronavirus c... more >
370,000 tonnes of vital supplies moved across the railway last week

30/03/2020370,000 tonnes of vital supplies moved across the railway last week

Last week alone key workers from Network Rail helped more than 370,000 tonnes of freight to be moved between west London and Cornwall and into an... 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 >