Light rail and trams

Exclusive: Fare-dodging on Metrolink costs £8m in three years

Exclusive: Fare-dodging on Metrolink costs £8m in three years

04.11.16: Fare-dodging on Manchester’s trams has cost £8m over the past three years, a Freedom of Information request by RTM has revealed. The amount of revenue Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has lost through passengers travellin...

RATP Dev ‘no longer preferred bidder’ for Metrolink

RATP Dev ‘no longer preferred bidder’ for Metrolink

01.11.16: RATP Dev Ltd could lose its contract to operate Manchester’s tram network from next year, according to a new report. RATP Dev was awarded the 10-year Metrolink contract in 2007. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) announced last y...

Government gives go-ahead for Trafford Metrolink extension

Government gives go-ahead for Trafford Metrolink extension

13.10.16: A 5.5km extension to the Manchester Metrolink tram network is set to go ahead after the DfT gave an order allowing it to be built. The £350m Trafford Park Line, funded through Greater Manchester’s devolution deal, will branch of...

WMCA seeks DfT approval for £137m HS2 station tram extension

WMCA seeks DfT approval for £137m HS2 station tram extension

04.10.16: Proposals for an extension that will incorporate Birmingham’s HS2 station at Curzon Street into its tram network are due to be submitted to the DfT for approval. At a meeting yesterday, the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Tran...

Milestone moment as Metrolink’s final M5000 tram leaves Vienna depot

Milestone moment as Metrolink’s final M5000 tram leaves Vienna depot

30.09.16: Transport for Greater Manchester has celebrated the successful upgrade of the Metrolink tram fleet as the 120th vehicle left Bombardier’s Vienna depot. Tram 3120, the final tram in the fleet, left the manufacturer’s depot on 27...

Collaborative crime management across trams

Collaborative crime management across trams

05.09.16: Much is said about crime prevention across the railways, but how do major light rail operators ensure tram networks are kept safe? Peter Cushing, Metrolink director, talks about the role of Greater Manchester’s collaborative TravelSafe Uni...

£1bn Metro strategy includes new £550m fleet and service expansion

£1bn Metro strategy includes new £550m fleet and service expansion

20.07.16: A new rail strategy for the Metro system, including £1bn investment over the next 20 years and plans to kick-start an expansion scheme, has been approved by the North East Combined Authority (NECA). The ‘Metro and Local Rail Str...

Metrolink expands free travel offer for service personnel

Metrolink expands free travel offer for service personnel

23.06.16: In-uniform service men and women will be able to travel for free on Metrolink, the Manchester tram network announced to mark Armed Forces Day. Metrolink has traditionally offered free travel to personnel on Armed Forces Day, which takes pla...

Midland Metro extension to Wolverhampton approved

Midland Metro extension to Wolverhampton approved

22.06.16: The £18m Midland Metro tram extension to Wolverhampton was given formal approval yesterday by the transport secretary. Work on the extension can now begin later this year, and it is due to open in 2019. The route, part of a &poun...

UK light rail usage at record high

UK light rail usage at record high

09.06.16: Tram usage in England is at a record high, with increased numbers of passenger journeys and vehicle miles, the latest annual figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) show. In 2015-16, the number of passenger journeys increased by 5.8...

Next stage of Midland Metro opens after delays

Next stage of Midland Metro opens after delays

31.05.16: Trams began running across the centre of Birmingham yesterday on the extended Midland Metro, after the launch was delayed due to safety concerns. The first Midland Metro trams, which ran from Bull Street to New Street station and the Grand...

Metrolink keeping a ‘watchful eye’ on tram-train developments

Metrolink keeping a ‘watchful eye’ on tram-train developments

27.05.16: Manchester's Metrolink is keeping a “watchful eye” on the £60m tram-train study in South Yorkshire as it could pave the way for future opportunities and developments for the city’s light rail network, RTM has been to...

Tram passenger satisfaction at record high, but Midland Metro slips

Tram passenger satisfaction at record high, but Midland Metro slips

26.05.16: Tram passenger satisfaction is higher than it has ever been following network improvements, the latest Transport Focus passenger survey has found. The 5,707 tram passengers, surveyed by Transport Focus in autumn 2015, gave the tram network...

McLoughlin overrules planning inspector to give Birmingham tram extension go-ahead

McLoughlin overrules planning inspector to give Birmingham tram extension go-ahead

19.05.16: The Birmingham tram extension from New Street to Centenary Square has gained planning permission after transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin overruled the planning inspector’s decision. McLoughlin said he disagreed with planning insp...

Midland Metro extension introduction delayed over safety concerns

Midland Metro extension introduction delayed over safety concerns

18.05.16: Birmingham’s Midland Metro extension is facing further delays after testing identified safety concerns. Trams were scheduled to run from Bull Street to Stephenson Street from 22 May, but the service has now been put on hold indefinite...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 trains to the lines. T... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected 3.5%. This increase... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >