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Midland Metro extension to Wolverhampton approved

Midland Metro extension to Wolverhampton approved

22 June 2016The £18m Midland Metro tram extension to Wolverhampton was given formal approval yesterday by the transport secretary. Work on the extension can now begin later this year, and it is due to open in 2019. The route, part of a £120m red...

UK light rail usage at record high

UK light rail usage at record high

09 June 2016Tram usage in England is at a record high, with increased numbers of passenger journeys and vehicle miles, the latest annual figures from the Department for Transport (DfT) show. In 2015-16, the number of passenger journeys increased by 5.8% from...

Next stage of Midland Metro opens after delays

Next stage of Midland Metro opens after delays

31 May 2016Trams began running across the centre of Birmingham yesterday on the extended Midland Metro, after the launch was delayed due to safety concerns. The first Midland Metro trams, which ran from Bull Street to New Street station and the Grand Centra...

Metrolink keeping a ‘watchful eye’ on tram-train developments

Metrolink keeping a ‘watchful eye’ on tram-train developments

27 May 2016Manchester's Metrolink is keeping a “watchful eye” on the £60m tram-train study in South Yorkshire as it could pave the way for future opportunities and developments for the city’s light rail network, RTM has been told...

Tram passenger satisfaction at record high, but Midland Metro slips

Tram passenger satisfaction at record high, but Midland Metro slips

26 May 2016Tram 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 an ove...

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

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

19 May 2016The 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 inspector&...

Midland Metro extension introduction delayed over safety concerns

Midland Metro extension introduction delayed over safety concerns

18 May 2016Birmingham’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 indefinitely. E...

Campaigners urge Sadiq Khan to develop London tram network

Campaigners urge Sadiq Khan to develop London tram network

10 May 2016London’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 campaigning...

Trams set to run on Midland Metro extension after safety checks

Trams set to run on Midland Metro extension after safety checks

26 April 2016Birmingham’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 Metro oper...

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

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

18 April 2016London 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 Gatwick...

Blackpool tram extension comes closer as new terminal building approved

Blackpool tram extension comes closer as new terminal building approved

05 April 2016Plans 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, built to...

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 March 2016Council 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 that b...

Leeds could get tram-train link to airport

Leeds could get tram-train link to airport

01 March 2016A 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 Author...

Centro to carry out Birmingham tram line extension safety checks

Centro to carry out Birmingham tram line extension safety checks

19 February 2016Birmingham’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 deliveri...

Birmingham to introduce UK’s first battery-operated trams

Birmingham to introduce UK’s first battery-operated trams

15 February 2016The 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-fit it...

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Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

18/09/2020Alstom set to purchase Bombardier Transportation

Alstom’s move to takeover Bombardier Transportation has progressed following the announcement that Alstom has signed the sale and purchase ... more >
Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

18/09/2020Flood-damaged Edinburgh-Glasgow line to reopen

The Edinburgh-Glasgow, via Falkirk High, railway line will reopen for passengers on Monday (21st Sept.) Network Rail engineers have worked t... more >
East Coast Main Line: £216.2m contract to increase power supply

18/09/2020East Coast Main Line: £216.2m contract to increase power supply

Following a £216.2m contract awarded by the Rail Electrification Alliance, The East Coast Main Line Power Supply Upgrade can move forward i... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... 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 >