Light rail and trams

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...

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...

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Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

17/04/2019Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

A new interactive map which lets passengers find out about accessibility at stations has been launched by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to help b... more >
Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

17/04/2019Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

Helium-filled balloons are causing hundreds of train delays at a cost of £1m in taxpayer money every year, Network Rail has revealed. ... more >
Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

17/04/2019Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

Plans for an £80m sea wall to protect the Dawlish coastal rail line from extreme weather have been by approved by Teignbridge District Coun... 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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West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to deliver on uplifting capacity and bettering services for people across the region ahead of TCR Midlands 2019. What do your roles as Ex... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >