Light rail and trams

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...

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...

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Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman... more >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed b... more >
Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21/09/2018Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of 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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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 >