Light rail and trams

Tram-train: where did we go wrong?

Tram-train: where did we go wrong?

14.09.17: Andrew Braddock, chairman of the Light Rail Transit Association (LRTA), argues against the ‘not invented here’ syndrome that has kept the UK from implementing a tram-train scheme quickly and successfully. The majority of tramway...

Lack of communication main reason key Leeds transport projects failed

Lack of communication main reason key Leeds transport projects failed

13.09.17: A lack of communication with vital partners and the public was a key reason for the failure of Leeds’ New Generation Transport and Supertram projects, a report has this week revealed. Publishing its draft report, the council’s i...

Iconic Birmingham statue makes way for start of tram expansion project

Iconic Birmingham statue makes way for start of tram expansion project

06.09.17: The Midland Metro tram expansion has taken a key step forward as one of Birmingham’s iconic landmarks, the Iron: Man, was lifted out of Victoria Square to make way for construction. Two cranes were used to raise the six-tonne metal sc...

Midland Metro extension work to start ‘within weeks’ as DfT funds secured

Midland Metro extension work to start ‘within weeks’ as DfT funds secured

01.09.17: The Midland Metro expansion that will link Birmingham city centre with Edgbaston has been given the green light by government after the project’s funding was formally confirmed. The 2km-long extension, which forms the last stretch of...

Work begins to transform Crumpsall Metrolink stop ahead of £350m expansion

Work begins to transform Crumpsall Metrolink stop ahead of £350m expansion

25.08.17: Work to transform the Crumpsall Metrolink stop ahead of the operator’s £350m expansion to Trafford Park has started this week. The stop will undergo a significant upgrade as the new six stop line is planned to run direct from in...

TfGM starts search for Metrolink renewals and enhancements partners

TfGM starts search for Metrolink renewals and enhancements partners

04.08.17: TfGM has today announced that it is taking a “very different approach” to its procurement strategy as it announced the start of the competition for Metrolink Renewals and Enhancements Framework contracts. The light rail operator...

Nexus starts work on £5.5m Tyne and Wear bridge replacement

Nexus starts work on £5.5m Tyne and Wear bridge replacement

02.08.17: Major work has begun this week to replace a rail bridge that serves the Tyne and Wear Metro service. Nexus, the operator who runs light rail in the region, said that the bridge over Killingworth Road in the Gosforth area had now been remove...

TfGM award contract for Trafford Park extension

TfGM award contract for Trafford Park extension

12.07.17: TfGM has revealed that the contract to extend the Metrolink network has been awarded to MPact Thales (MPT) and WSP. MPT, a consortium of Laing O’Rourke, VolkerRail and Thales, will again collaborate to design and construct the new lin...

Costs of Sheffield tram-train pilot soar to five times its original budget

Costs of Sheffield tram-train pilot soar to five times its original budget

04.07.17: The costs of the beleaguered Sheffield tram-train project are expected to have run over five times the original budget after months of delays and uncertainty, a scathing report has today revealed. Releasing its independent findings, the Nat...

WMCA submits £200m Midland Metro expansion plans to DfT

WMCA submits £200m Midland Metro expansion plans to DfT

26.06.17: Ambitious £200m plans to expand the Midland Metro network have been presented to the DfT. Following Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) taking over the running for the service from National Express in March, mayor of the West Midlands...

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...

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North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deli... more >
Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

16/08/2019Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on the Metrolink network... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from Fran... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... 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 >