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Campaigners urge Sadiq Khan to develop London tram network

Campaigners urge Sadiq Khan to develop London tram network

10.05.16: London’s tram network should be developed along its existing bus routes, campaigners have said as they called on the newly-elected mayor of London to make developing the capital’s tram network a priority. TramForward, the campai...

Trams set to run on Midland Metro extension after safety checks

Trams set to run on Midland Metro extension after safety checks

26.04.16: Birmingham’s Midland Metro tram extension from Birmingham New Street to the city centre is due to run from next week after successfully passing electrical safety checks. The results of the checks are now being reviewed by Midland Metr...

Luton Airport 24-hour light rail link to open in 2020

Luton Airport 24-hour light rail link to open in 2020

18.04.16: London Luton Airport (LLA) has announced plans to build a 24-hour light rail link between the airport and Luton Airport Parkway station. The 1.2 mile long rail link mass passenger transit, similar to those already used at Birmingham and Gat...

Blackpool tram extension comes closer as new terminal building approved

Blackpool tram extension comes closer as new terminal building approved

05.04.16: Plans to buy a building to become the terminal for a new Blackpool tram extension have been approved. Blackpool Council voted in favour of plans to buy the Wilkinson’s building on Talbot Road last night. The £22m extension...

Tyne & Wear Metro to be publicly-run after passengers ‘let down’ by DB Regio

Tyne & Wear Metro to be publicly-run after passengers ‘let down’ by DB Regio

15.03.16: Council leaders in the north east have stated that the seven-year Tyne & Wear Metro contract with DB Regio, which is due to end in March 2017, should not be extended. In a report to the North East Combined Authority (NECA) it was noted...

Leeds could get tram-train link to airport

Leeds could get tram-train link to airport

01.03.16: A tram-train service has been mooted as the preferred option for a direct rail link between Leeds and Leeds Bradford Airport. Engineering consultants WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff suggested in a draft report submitted to West Yorkshire Combined...

Centro to carry out Birmingham tram line extension safety checks

Centro to carry out Birmingham tram line extension safety checks

19.02.16: Birmingham’s tram extension has moved a step closer after permission was granted to carry out a series of safety checks. In less time than the 13-week industry standard, Network Rail has granted a possession giving Centro, the body de...

Birmingham to introduce UK’s first battery-operated trams

Birmingham to introduce UK’s first battery-operated trams

15.02.16: The first battery-operated trams in the UK will be introduced in Birmingham to remove the need for overhead power lines. The West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority (WMITA) has approved plans by transport delivery body Centro to retro...

NECA to review ‘poor performing’ Tyne & Wear Metro contract

NECA to review ‘poor performing’ Tyne & Wear Metro contract

01.02.16: The North East Combined Authority (NECA) is determined to cut off DB Regio from operating the Tyne & Wear Metro network when its contract expires next year if it does not improve services. The authority’s transport lead, Cllr Nick...

We must accept the need for a digital railway

We must accept the need for a digital railway

13.01.16: Alistair Gordon, chief executive of Keolis UK and chair of the Rail Delivery Group’s technology and operations working group, makes the case for investment in a digital railway. The UK’s 19th-century rail infrastructure is reach...

Sheffield Nunnery depot welcomes UK’s first tram-train

Sheffield Nunnery depot welcomes UK’s first tram-train

11.12.15: The UK’s first tram-train was greeted by transport minister Andrew Jones MP at Sheffield’s Nunnery Square depot yesterday (10 December) after it finished the nearly three-week journey from Vossloh España’s plant near Val...

Trams running in central Birmingham for the first time in 60 years

Trams running in central Birmingham for the first time in 60 years

08.12.15: Passenger services have started running to the Bull Street stop on Birmingham’s Midland Metro as part of the first step in the £128m city centre tram extension started in 2012. Services began at the weekend, marking the first ti...

New Metrolink stop opens as the first step in Second City Crossing

New Metrolink stop opens as the first step in Second City Crossing

07.12.15: Manchester’s expanding light rail network, Metrolink, gained an extra stop at the weekend with the start of services into Exchange Square, a busy shopping district in the city centre. The opening of the new stop also marks the first t...

Edinburgh trams to trial mobility scooter access for three months

Edinburgh trams to trial mobility scooter access for three months

04.12.15: Transport for Edinburgh has launched the first phase of a trial – the first in Scotland – to allow mobility scooters on its tram network. The scheme will be split into two parts, the first of which consists of inviting potential...

DfT approves plans to build Tinsley Chord

DfT approves plans to build Tinsley Chord

27.11.15: The Department for Transport (DfT) has approved plans to build the Tinsley Chord which will allow the UK’s first tram-trains to run in South Yorkshire.  A joint Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application was made to the sec...

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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 >