Light rail and trams

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...

Midland Metro extension moving forward

Midland Metro extension moving forward

01.11.14: Paul Griffiths, Metro and Sprint programme director at Centro, discusses the developments and progress on the Midland Metro extension. Midland Metro’s multi-million pound extension is due to be operational by autumn 2015, coming onli...

'A phenomenal achievement': Manchester Metrolink's latest successful extension

'A phenomenal achievement': Manchester Metrolink's latest successful extension

01.11.14: Metrolink’s latest extension, to Manchester Airport, will have just opened as you open this edition of RTM. The project has been delivered more than a year ahead of schedule – how have they done it? RTM met Metrolink director Peter C...

Manchester Victoria Metrolink upgrade delayed

Manchester Victoria Metrolink upgrade delayed

24.10.14: The planned upgrade of the Metrolink stop at Manchester Victoria, which forms a key element of Network Rail’s redevelopment of the iconic city centre station, has been delayed. Work was expected to be complete by next month, but has b...

Opening date set for new Metrolink line to Manchester Airport

Opening date set for new Metrolink line to Manchester Airport

13.10.14: The new Metrolink light rail line from Manchester city centre to Manchester Airport will open to passengers on Monday 3 November, well over 12 months ahead of schedule, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has announced. The final stage...

Centro unveils Eastside extension plans for Midland Metro

Centro unveils Eastside extension plans for Midland Metro

09.10.14: Design plans for two options to extend the Midland Metro through the heart of the Digbeth area of Birmingham have been unveiled by Centro, with the public invited to give their views on the plans.  Following an initial public consultat...

Triple success for Midland Metro at Light Rail Awards

Triple success for Midland Metro at Light Rail Awards

07.10.14: Midland Metro celebrated a hat-trick of success at the Light Rail Awards, which celebrates excellence and innovation in the light and urban rail industries.  During the eighth edition of the event, on 1 October, Midland Metro won award...

Metrolink provides safety example for European experts

Metrolink provides safety example for European experts

22.09.14: Light rail experts from across Europe visited Greater Manchester this week to explore new ways of keeping tramways safe in urban areas. Visiting various street-running sections across the Metrolink network such as Eccles, Droylsden, Oldham...

Manchester ups tram order from 12 to 16 in £34m deal

Manchester ups tram order from 12 to 16 in £34m deal

15.09.14: Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has struck a deal with Bombardier to buy 16 more M5000 Flexity trams using cash from the government’s Local Growth Fund. The £34m contract, which will boost Greater Manchester’s Metr...

New Midland Metro trams go into service in September

New Midland Metro trams go into service in September

15.08.14: Midland Metro is to start running the first of its new 20-strong Urbos 3 tram fleet between Wolverhampton and Birmingham next month. From 5 September, the four new CAF-built trams, which are bigger and offer a smoother, quieter ride than th...

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TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

20/07/2018TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

A landmark collaboration between two of the UK’s biggest regions has been signed to pave the way to improve rail transport between the area... more >
DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

19/07/2018DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

GTR could be at risk of losing control of its franchise as early as this month depending on the outcome of a “hard review” into wheth... more >
Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19/07/2018Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create a parkway station on the... 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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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), talk about four new HS2 research projects which are set to challenge how we design, build and monitor high-speed rail projects. No one doubts that HS2 must provide a platform for innovation, bu... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17/07/2018Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... 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 >