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

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

15.02.17: Metrolink’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 passeng...

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

23.01.17: The 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...

DLR’s KeolisAmey set to run Manchester Metrolink

DLR’s KeolisAmey set to run Manchester Metrolink

18.01.17: Greater 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 –...

Enabling works begin on new Trafford Park Metrolink line

Enabling works begin on new Trafford Park Metrolink line

13.01.17: Work 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 t...

RAIB investigates fatal Sheffield tram accident

RAIB investigates fatal Sheffield tram accident

11.01.17: The 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 inbo...

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

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

09.12.16: Docklands 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 sinc...

MPT wins £350m contract to build Metrolink’s Trafford Park extension

MPT wins £350m contract to build Metrolink’s Trafford Park extension

02.12.16: The Metrolink Trafford Park line will be built by the consortium which has already delivered the other extensions to Manchester’s light rail network. The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has given the green light for Trans...

First test trams run along Manchester’s Second City Crossing

First test trams run along Manchester’s Second City Crossing

01.12.16: The first trams have been tested on Manchester’s new Second City Crossing in the early hours of this morning (1 December). The new line, which is due to open to passengers early next year, will allow for more frequent services on the...

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...

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£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

16/10/2019£10bn rail network enhancements announced for the next five years

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RAIB releases new safety recommendations following recent fatal accident

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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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Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

17/09/2019Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

Continuing our mission to connect buyers with suppliers, This year TransCityRail North is adding a new element to the event. We are introducing an incomparable opportunity for you to meet with over 11 procurement directors from Network Rail at our exclusive 'Network Rail Meet the Buyers Hub'.  Situated at the heart of the event ... 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 >