Light rail and trams

Traction design blamed for Sheffield tram-train delays

Traction design blamed for Sheffield tram-train delays

19.06.15: Network Rail’s head of the delayed £60m tram-train pilot between Sheffield and Rotherham has admitted that design problems have affected the pace of work and the infrastructure picture “isn’t positive”. Speakin...

Edinburgh Tram extension could cost £145m

Edinburgh Tram extension could cost £145m

19.06.15: City of Edinburgh councillors are to look into options to extend the tram network to Newhaven, Ocean Terminal or the foot of Leith Walk.  The council will be presented with the emerging conclusions of a £400,000 draft outline bus...

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...

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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

22/10/2018Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

The Thameslink programme at Network Rail’s latest project pledges to drive innovation and make commuters’ lives easier with cutting-e... more >
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 >

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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 >