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Tram passenger satisfaction at record high, but Midland Metro slips

Tram passenger satisfaction at record high, but Midland Metro slips

26.05.16: Tram passenger satisfaction is higher than it has ever been following network improvements, the latest Transport Focus passenger survey has found. The 5,707 tram passengers, surveyed by Transport Focus in autumn 2015, gave the tram network...

McLoughlin overrules planning inspector to give Birmingham tram extension go-ahead

McLoughlin overrules planning inspector to give Birmingham tram extension go-ahead

19.05.16: The Birmingham tram extension from New Street to Centenary Square has gained planning permission after transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin overruled the planning inspector’s decision. McLoughlin said he disagreed with planning insp...

Midland Metro extension introduction delayed over safety concerns

Midland Metro extension introduction delayed over safety concerns

18.05.16: Birmingham’s Midland Metro extension is facing further delays after testing identified safety concerns. Trams were scheduled to run from Bull Street to Stephenson Street from 22 May, but the service has now been put on hold indefinite...

Campaigners urge Sadiq Khan to develop London tram network

Campaigners urge Sadiq Khan to develop London tram network

10.05.16: London’s tram network should be developed along its existing bus routes, campaigners have said as they called on the newly-elected mayor of London to make developing the capital’s tram network a priority. TramForward, the campai...

Trams set to run on Midland Metro extension after safety checks

Trams set to run on Midland Metro extension after safety checks

26.04.16: Birmingham’s Midland Metro tram extension from Birmingham New Street to the city centre is due to run from next week after successfully passing electrical safety checks. The results of the checks are now being reviewed by Midland Metr...

Luton Airport 24-hour light rail link to open in 2020

Luton Airport 24-hour light rail link to open in 2020

18.04.16: London Luton Airport (LLA) has announced plans to build a 24-hour light rail link between the airport and Luton Airport Parkway station. The 1.2 mile long rail link mass passenger transit, similar to those already used at Birmingham and Gat...

Blackpool tram extension comes closer as new terminal building approved

Blackpool tram extension comes closer as new terminal building approved

05.04.16: Plans to buy a building to become the terminal for a new Blackpool tram extension have been approved. Blackpool Council voted in favour of plans to buy the Wilkinson’s building on Talbot Road last night. The £22m extension...

Tyne & Wear Metro to be publicly-run after passengers ‘let down’ by DB Regio

Tyne & Wear Metro to be publicly-run after passengers ‘let down’ by DB Regio

15.03.16: Council leaders in the north east have stated that the seven-year Tyne & Wear Metro contract with DB Regio, which is due to end in March 2017, should not be extended. In a report to the North East Combined Authority (NECA) it was noted...

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...

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Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

03/04/2020Rail depot transformed into hand sanitiser bottling plant

The Southern Railway team has converted one of its depots into a hand sanitiser bottling plant as they work to meet the needs of colleagues on th... more >
Iconic Glenfinnan viaduct turns blue for the country’s NHS heroes

03/04/2020Iconic Glenfinnan viaduct turns blue for the country’s NHS heroes

The viaduct, which you can see in the Harry Potter series of films, joined other famous attractions and venues like Glasgow’s SSH Hydro in ... more >
Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

02/04/2020Network Rail announces cashflow boost for suppliers

During the coronavirus crisis, Network Rail is awarding thousands of British firms a crucial boost to their cashflow, by declaring a move to imme... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >