Light rail and trams

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...

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...

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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

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The Thameslink programme at Network Rail’s latest project pledges to drive innovation and make commuters’ lives easier with cutting-e... more >
FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

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The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported failure to tell the London S... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks between the UK and Dutch gove... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >