Light rail and trams

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...

First Sheffield tram-train shipped

First Sheffield tram-train shipped

23.11.15: The country’s first £60m tram-train vehicle has been shipped to Sheffield from its testing site at Vossloh España’s plant near Valencia. Stagecoach Supertram’s 37m-long tram-train will travel for two weeks ove...

Government commits £97m to Midland Metro Eastside extension

Government commits £97m to Midland Metro Eastside extension

18.11.15: Central government has vowed to earmark an extra £97m for the Metro Eastside extension, subject to a business case, as part of the West Midlands major £1bn devolution package. The deal, announced yesterday, will inject £36...

Centro pushes Birmingham New Street tram extension works to 2016

Centro pushes Birmingham New Street tram extension works to 2016

10.11.15: Work on Birmingham’s Midland Metro have been scaled back as a result of “unforeseen challenges”, meaning the extension to New Street station, originally set for this year, will be kicked back into next year. Centro announc...

TfGM shortlists four companies for next Metrolink operations contract

TfGM shortlists four companies for next Metrolink operations contract

19.10.15: Four companies have been shortlisted by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to operate and maintain Metrolink from 2017, after the current contract finishes. KeolisAmey, National Express, Transdev and the incumbent, RATP Dev, were the s...

Edinburgh trams passenger numbers exceed targets

Edinburgh trams passenger numbers exceed targets

11.09.15: Edinburgh trams carried 50,000 more passengers between late May and early September 2015 than in the same period last year, ahead of final proposals for a network extension. During its first full year of service, the trams served 400,000 mo...

Nottingham tram extension opens after eight-month delay

Nottingham tram extension opens after eight-month delay

25.08.15: NET phase 2, the Nottingham tram extension adding two new lines to the city’s light rail network, opened today (25 August) after eight months of delays. The opening was originally set for December 2014, but a series of delays pushed i...

Edinburgh launches assessments into tram network extension

Edinburgh launches assessments into tram network extension

11.08.15: Edinburgh city councillors are reviewing the possibility of extending the tramway to Leith and Newhaven after an updated business case was introduced at its latest council meeting. The extension would serve to drive the renewal of the city&...

Smart ticketing contractor ditched in Greater Manchester

Smart ticketing contractor ditched in Greater Manchester

05.08.15: Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has scrapped its deal with private firm Atos to deliver smart ticketing across the Metrolink tram network, local rail services and the rest of the public transport infrastructure. In a joint statement...

Nottingham Tramlink delays lead to £217m loss for Vinci UK

Nottingham Tramlink delays lead to £217m loss for Vinci UK

03.07.15: Vinci has revealed a massive loss of £217m in its UK operations with the troubled Nottingham Tramlink extension accounting for most of the losses. Taylor Woodrow, a subsidiary of Vinci, was responsible for delivering the 17.5km extens...

Government reiterates support for uk light rail sector

Government reiterates support for uk light rail sector

01.07.15: RTM’s David Stevenson attended the 10th UK Light Rail Conference in Nottingham and reports on some of the biggest issues raised at the event. The recent UK Light Rail Conference has been labelled a resounding success, as the governmen...

Strong case for light rail integration with HS2

Strong case for light rail integration with HS2

01.07.15: Norman Baker, former light rail minister; Paul Buchanan, partner at Volterra Partners; David Ralph, chief executive of D2N2; and Martha Grekos, partner and head of the planning and infrastructure team in London at Irwin Mitchell, discuss the opp...

Trials and tribulations of tram-train

Trials and tribulations of tram-train

01.07.15: Simon Coulthard, head of tram-train projects at Network Rail; Peter Cushing, Metrolink director at Transport for Greater Manchester; Dave Haskins, project director of New Generation Transport at Metro; and Tim Kendall, an independent consultant...

Tyne & Wear Metro gets £40m modernisation works this year

Tyne & Wear Metro gets £40m modernisation works this year

19.06.15: Nexus is to invest £40m in modernisation works for the Tyne & Wear Metro over the next 12 months, replacing track, refurbishing trains and installing a new rail traffic management system. The work forms part of the £389m gov...

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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 >
Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

19/10/2018Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has agreed to proceed with a proposed ‘hybrid option’ for timetable changes this December, the Rai... 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 >