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‘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...

Funding sought for new ultra light rail service in the West Midlands

Funding sought for new ultra light rail service in the West Midlands

01.12.14: (Above: Libary image of a proposed ultra light rail vehicle design, courtesy Revolution VLR Consortium, which is involved in the Dudley-Sandwell project) A new ultra light rail service between Dudley and Sandwell could be opened within five...

Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train delayed

Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train delayed

14.11.14: The launch date for the tram-train pilot running between Sheffield and Rotherham has been delayed again – with no new date set. The plan for flexible vehicles to run on both rail and tram networks, using the freight route from Rotherh...

Birmingham’s £4bn transport pledge includes line reopenings

Birmingham’s £4bn transport pledge includes line reopenings

14.11.14: Birmingham City Council has unveiled a 20-year, £4bn vision for improving transport in the city, including an expansion of the Midland Metro and line reopenings. Improving rail links across the city and beyond featured prominently in...

Construction work begins on Metrolink’s Second City Crossing

Construction work begins on Metrolink’s Second City Crossing

11.11.14: Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has started construction work on the transformational Metrolink Second City Crossing through the city centre. Preparatory utilities charting and redirecting works have been ongoing for months, but now...

Transport for London plans Tramlink extension in Croydon

Transport for London plans Tramlink extension in Croydon

04.11.14: Transport for London (TfL) is considering a new tram loop near East Croydon station that would support the redevelopment of the old Whitgift Centre site.  London Tramlink currently operates in a one-way loop along George Street, Church...

Manchester to get £350m Metrolink extension to Trafford Park

Manchester to get £350m Metrolink extension to Trafford Park

03.11.14: Manchester is set to receive a new £350m Metrolink line to Trafford Park as part of a new devolution package to the region announced by George Osborne today. Under the new deal Greater Manchester will get a new directly elected mayor...

Everyday learning for Edinburgh Trams

Everyday learning for Edinburgh Trams

01.11.14: Tom Norris, director and general manager at Edinburgh Trams, talks to RTM about the first six months the trams have been up and running in the Scottish capital and the long-term ambitions for the new light rail line. After six years of cons...

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ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

22/01/2019ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

Track engineer Dan Collins explains how an app and an iPad are transforming track maintenance in Network Rail’s Western route. Carryin... more >
TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >
Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

22/01/2019Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

techUK recently published its Future Mobility Services report in which it presented its vision of a multimodal, digitally-enabled, and customer-f... 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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Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

22/01/2019Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

techUK recently published its Future Mobility Services report in which it presented its vision of a multimodal, digitally-enabled, and customer-focused transport ecosystem – with the rail sector forming a major part of this. Jessica Russell, techUK’s programme manager for the Transport and Smart Cities groups under SmarterUK, repor... more >
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ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

22/01/2019ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

Track engineer Dan Collins explains how an app and an iPad are transforming track maintenance in Network Rail’s Western route. Carryin... more >
Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

22/01/2019Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

Paul Baines, sales director for rolling stock at Siemens Mobility Ltd, expands on the many benefits of the £1.5bn Deep Tube rolling stock c... more >
Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

22/01/2019Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

The high value of survey equipment used to collect geospatial data on the railways is increasingly attractive to opportunistic criminals. The Sur... more >
Repoint: revolutionising track switch

15/01/2019Repoint: revolutionising track switch

Sam Bemment, senior R&D engineer at Loughborough University, brings us an update on the Repoint project – a scheme which has transforme... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >