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Budget update: £291m for London’s DLR and boost for Transforming Cities Fund

Budget update: £291m for London’s DLR and boost for Transforming Cities Fund

30 October 2018The chancellor Phillip Hammond yesterday announced a boost in funding for London’s Docklands Light Railway and the Transforming Cities Fund. The DLR will receive £291m from the Housing Infrastructure Fund for support of essential inve...

New tram-train collides with lorry in Sheffield on the day of launch

New tram-train collides with lorry in Sheffield on the day of launch

25 October 2018One of the UK’s first ever ‘tram-trains’ has derailed on the day of its launch after colliding with a lorry in Sheffield. Police are currently investigating the collision, who said in a statement that at this time no-one is thou...

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

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

25 October 2018The 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 Dan Jarv...

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

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

17 September 2018Nexus, 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 bidders, w...

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

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

16 August 2018Spelthorne 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 transport lin...

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 August 2018As 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 Midlands (Tf...

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 July 201827 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 by 15%...

Firm named for new Coventry VLR project

Firm named for new Coventry VLR project

18 June 2018A 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 won t...

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 June 2018Work 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 Metro...

Construction begins on Luton Airport rail link

Construction begins on Luton Airport rail link

17 April 2018Work 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 ter...

Tram passengers demand better value for money from services

Tram passengers demand better value for money from services

21 March 2018  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 68% i...

Bidders shortlisted for Edinburgh tram extension contract

Bidders shortlisted for Edinburgh tram extension contract

14 March 2018A 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 Busine...

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

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

13 March 2018RMT 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 conciliati...

Consultation launched into potential Edinburgh tram extension

Consultation launched into potential Edinburgh tram extension

09 March 2018A 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 the...

Metrolink told to publish performance figures after communication mishaps

Metrolink told to publish performance figures after communication mishaps

07 March 2018Manchester 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 cancellations...

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Network Rail seeking contractor for Forth Bridge walk

09/07/2020Network Rail seeking contractor for Forth Bridge walk

Network Rail are currently looking to appoint a main contractor to design and build the new Forth Bridge Experience. Budding partners are be... more >
South Wales Metro railway works imminent

09/07/2020South Wales Metro railway works imminent

Transformational works on railway lines through South Wales set to begin on the 3rd of August. As part of Transport for Wales’ (TfW) t... more >
New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

09/07/2020New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

Following new agreements being signed earlier this week (July 7th) a direct high-speed train service from Amsterdam and London could be a possibi... 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 >