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Light rail ridership down in Sheffield, Midlands and Blackpool

Light rail ridership down in Sheffield, Midlands and Blackpool

10.06.15: Sheffield Supertram, Midland Metro and Blackpool Tramway have all experienced declines in passenger ridership during the last 12 months, despite figures increasing nationally, new government statistics have revealed.  The ‘Light...

West Midlands ultra light rail link bids for EU funding

West Midlands ultra light rail link bids for EU funding

01.06.15: A bid for £13.9m of EU money has been launched to help fund a new ultra light rail link in the West Midlands. RTM previously reported on the plans to create a new ultra light rail service between Dudley and Sandwell. It would transpor...

Manchester Metrolink network to be cut in half for major summer works

Manchester Metrolink network to be cut in half for major summer works

18.05.15: Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is preparing for a six-week closure of one of its key Metrolink stops, St Peter’s Square, which will effectively split its network in two for the duration. The first phase of work will see the s...

TfL considers new rolling stock options for DLR

TfL considers new rolling stock options for DLR

11.05.15: Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Ltd is to begin its search for new trains by opening a “technical dialogue” with rolling stock manufacturers. The TfL subsidiary has issued a periodic indicative notice to the industry to begin a co...

Oxford Metro plans receive early local support

Oxford Metro plans receive early local support

06.05.15: Experts have claimed that a network of trams could help solve Oxford’s problem of how to develop new housing without increasing congestion on the city’s roads.  The Trams for Oxford report, produced by a team headed by awar...

High-level satisfaction for tram passengers

High-level satisfaction for tram passengers

30.03.15: Approximately 90% of tram passengers are satisfied with their journeys, across six network areas in the UK, according to the second Tram Passenger Survey (TPS) carried out by Transport Focus (the new name for Passenger Focus).  Over 4...

Route chosen for Midland Metro’s Eastside extension

Route chosen for Midland Metro’s Eastside extension

19.03.15: Midland Metro transport chiefs have opted to run trams through the heart of Digbeth as part of its Eastside extension.  Centro originally unveiled two design plans in October 2014, with the public invited to give their feedback. Follow...

‘The Subway is much more than just a transport service’

‘The Subway is much more than just a transport service’

01.03.15: Charlie Hoskins, senior director at Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, talks to RTM about the ongoing upgrade of the Glasgow Subway, whose stations, rolling stock, signalling and tunnels are all being improved. With the recent opening o...

Network Rail unveils details of Tinsley chord for S. Yorkshire tram-train

Network Rail unveils details of Tinsley chord for S. Yorkshire tram-train

03.02.15: The Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train project has entered its next phase, with Network Rail revealing its plans for the new section of track to connect the national rail and tram network. The new Tinsley chord will link the railway and Supe...

Stockport closer to being connected to Metrolink with a tram-train

Stockport closer to being connected to Metrolink with a tram-train

22.01.15: Plans to use a tram-train service to connect Stockport to the Metrolink network are moving forward, with the publication of a professional study by Atkins into its feasibility.   The plans involve the existing Marple to Manchester Picc...

RAIB to investigate Croydon Tramlink derailment

RAIB to investigate Croydon Tramlink derailment

12.01.15: An investigation into the derailment of a tram on the Croydon Tramlink system has been launched by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB).  The tram, which was travelling from New Addington to Wimbledon on 29 December 2014, dera...

Metrolink to become first fully wi-fi enabled tram network in UK

Metrolink to become first fully wi-fi enabled tram network in UK

16.12.14: Manchester Metrolink is to become the first light railway in Britain to become fully wi-fi enabled. By spring next year, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) plans for all 94 of its trams to have on-board wi-fi technology. TfGM has...

June launch expected for Nottingham tram extension

June launch expected for Nottingham tram extension

15.12.14: The final section of track for 17.5km extension of Nottingham’s tram network has been laid in preparation for trams to take to the rails in June next year, later than originally planned. More than 3,800 sections of track have been lai...

Sheffield tram-train new launch date set – January 2017

Sheffield tram-train new launch date set – January 2017

15.12.14: The perpetually delayed Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train project finally has a revised launch date: January 2017. As part of last week’s announcement of the Sheffield City Region Devolution Deal the government has committed to work w...

Key figures refuse to co-operate with Edinburgh tram inquiry, as council mulls expansion

Key figures refuse to co-operate with Edinburgh tram inquiry, as council mulls expansion

11.12.14: Key figures involved in the Edinburgh Trams project have refused “point blank” to co-operate with the inquiry into what went so wrong. Lord Hardie, speaking publicly for the first time in his role as head of the trams inquiry, s...

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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 >