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Testing on Sheffield tram-train pilot finally starts

Testing on Sheffield tram-train pilot finally starts

05 April 2017Testing has finally begun on the UK’s first tram-train vehicles which are expected to be rolled out onto the network in 2018. The pilot scheme marks the first count of tram-trains in the UK and will provide a direct connection between Sheff...

Nexus takes back operation of Tyne and Wear Metro from DB Regio

Nexus takes back operation of Tyne and Wear Metro from DB Regio

04 April 2017Nexus has resumed responsibility for the operation of services on the Tyne and Wear Metro this week, taking back control from operator DB Regio, part of the Arriva Group, who had run services on behalf of Nexus since April 2010. Starting from Sat...

TfWM to take over running of Midland Metro next year

TfWM to take over running of Midland Metro next year

22 March 2017Day-to-day running of the Midland Metro tram service will be taken on entirely by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) from October 2018 when the current concession, which is held by National Express, ends. The move has been implemented to enable T...

£6m Newcastle Central Metro station refurbishment complete

£6m Newcastle Central Metro station refurbishment complete

13 March 2017The £6m project to revamp Newcastle Central Metro station has been completed, adding improvements to facilities for passengers at one of the north east’s major metro stations. Used by around 5.3 million people a year, the works have t...

Blackpool tram passenger numbers back on the rise after 2014 dip

Blackpool tram passenger numbers back on the rise after 2014 dip

01 March 2017Blackpool’s revamped tram network has seen record numbers of passengers travel on the services, as ticket sales show that five million journeys have been registered since April 2016 – the highest number since the tram re-opened in 2012...

Second City Crossing opens as Metrolink complete ‘big bang’ expansion

Second City Crossing opens as Metrolink complete ‘big bang’ expansion

27 February 2017The new Second City Crossing tram line through Manchester city centre was opened yesterday, marking the completion of Metrolink’s “big bang” expansion. The line now links together 93 stops over 60 miles with the addition of the...

Delayed Sheffield tram-train completion date finally set

Delayed Sheffield tram-train completion date finally set

21 February 2017A completion date has finally been set for the long-awaited construction of South Yorkshire’s tram-train project, with work expected to be finished two-and-a-half years later than originally predicted. The project, which is expected to cost...

Jones announces £60k bursary for Doncaster high-speed rail college

Jones announces £60k bursary for Doncaster high-speed rail college

21 February 2017Transport minister Andrew Jones has announced an additional £60,000 worth of DfT funding will be made available for bursary schemes for students who study at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR). The announcement was made during...

RAIB: Croydon tram driver had ‘lost awareness’ before fatal derailment

RAIB: Croydon tram driver had ‘lost awareness’ before fatal derailment

20 February 2017The driver of the fatal Sandilands junction tram accident in Croydon, London, had “lost awareness” before the carriage he was controlling derailed, killing seven people, the latest interim report from the Rail Accident Investigation Bu...

Metrolink’s Second City Crossing set to open later this month

Metrolink’s Second City Crossing set to open later this month

15 February 2017Metrolink’s new Second City Crossing tram line is due to open in Manchester later this month, TfGM announced to the public today, marking the completion of the £1.5bn “big bang” expansion programme. The first passenger ser...

Midland Metro tram shipped to Spain for battery fit-out ahead of OLE-free operation

Midland Metro tram shipped to Spain for battery fit-out ahead of OLE-free operation

23 January 2017The first of the Midland Metro light rail fleet has been shipped back to the Zaragoza factory in Spain, where it was made, to be fitted with batteries as part of trailblazing plans to introduce battery-powered tram in the UK – thus ruling ou...

DLR’s KeolisAmey set to run Manchester Metrolink

DLR’s KeolisAmey set to run Manchester Metrolink

18 January 2017Greater Manchester’s Metrolink network is set to be run by a new joint venture partnership starting from this summer up until 2027. KeolisAmey, a partnership between transport operator Keolis and infrastructure specialist Amey – the s...

Enabling works begin on new Trafford Park Metrolink line

Enabling works begin on new Trafford Park Metrolink line

13 January 2017Work has now begun on the £350m Metrolink Trafford Park line, a planned route on Manchester’s light rail network which will offer new transport connections to the intu Trafford Centre. The new six stop line, branching off from the exi...

RAIB investigates fatal Sheffield tram accident

RAIB investigates fatal Sheffield tram accident

11 January 2017The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has decided to investigate a fatal accident just before Christmas in which a Sheffield man was killed by a tram. At around 10am on 22 December 2016 a pedestrian, who had just stepped off an inbound tr...

DLR fare-dodging clampdown success ‘due to franchise specifications’

DLR fare-dodging clampdown success ‘due to franchise specifications’

09 December 2016Docklands Light Railway (DLR) has revealed how it used requirements in its franchise partnership to tackle fare evasion in an interview with RTM. An RTM Freedom of Information request found that DLR has lost £3.3m to fare evasion since 2010...

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New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

09/07/2020New possible Eurostar direct travel from Amsterdam to London

Following new agreements being signed earlier this week (July 7th) a direct high-speed train service from Amsterdam and London could be a possibi... more >
National Skills Academy for Rail appoints new Chair

09/07/2020National Skills Academy for Rail appoints new Chair

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) have today (July 9th) announcement the appointment of their new Chair, Dyan Crowther, Chief Executive... more >
The rail industry responds to Chancellor’s statement

09/07/2020The rail industry responds to Chancellor’s statement

Yesterday (July 8th) Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced the details of his ‘Plan for Jobs’ that will enhance the UK&... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >