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Second City Crossing on its way

Second City Crossing on its way

18.11.16: Peter Cushing, Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM’s) Metrolink director, gives RTM an update on the Second City Crossing project. September saw a major milestone for Greater Manchester Metrolink as we laid the final stretc...

Second City Crossing gets green light to open in early 2017

Second City Crossing gets green light to open in early 2017

11.11.16: Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) leaders have given the city’s expanding light rail network Metrolink the green light to open its Second City Crossing (2CC) in early 2017, approving its plans in a committee meeting today. The n...

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...

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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

22/10/2018Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

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

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

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 >