The Midland Metro has been rebranded as the West Midlands Metro as control of the light rail system passes over from National Express to Midland Metro Ltd (MML). On the same day that Virgin Trains East Coast was taken over...
A new system that automatically applies the brakes should the speed limit be exceeded at high risk locations on London's Tramlink tram network could be installed by the end of 2019. The new safety measure is one of a number of changes...
An apprenticeship dedicated to the construction and renewals of tram could be launched as early as 2019. Led by the Midland Metro Alliance (MMA), the UK's light rail industry has been given the green light from the Institute for Apprenticeships...
Tireless Metrolink advocate and councillor Andrew Fender has retired from the political sphere after 41 years. Andrew, who was first elected as a councillor in 1977, chaired his last meeting of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee on March 16...
Midland Metro has been unable to find a buyer for its original fleet of trams after putting them up for sale. Thirteen of the Ansaldo 69 trams will now be sold for £12,000 for scrap in a move that has...
Engineers have successfully tested new track on a 2.7km stretch of the Midland Metro line to Wolverhampton St George's. Overhead lines on the Bilston Road stretch have been turned on for the first time since June and a tram tested,...
Incoming train operating company West Midlands Trains (WMT) has appointed a new managing director. On December 10, WMT will take over the West Midlands franchise from London Midland with Abellio UK's former deputy managing director to become its managing director....
Manchester's Metrolink will be liaising with the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) after a low-speed collision on the tram network this morning. Shortly before 8.30am two trams collided in St Peter's Square, causing major delays on the tram network. Transport for...
The British Transport Police has re-questioned the driver from the Croydon tram crash. Seven passengers died and more than 50 were left injured when a two-carriage tram derailed and overturned at Sandilands junction on the London Tramlink system. The incident happened...
Key business organisations in the North East have called on the government to replace Tyne and Wear Metro's fleet of trains over growing concerns of reliability, resilience and capacity. The light rail system has the same rolling stock from when...
Edinburgh Trams has turned a profit - two years earlier than anticipated. The light rail system, owned by the city of Edinburgh, notched up a £252,000 pre-tax profit on its electrified, low-platform, balance sheet. Says Edinburgh Trams managing director Lea Harrison,...

HS2 under the microscope

On a single day in July, more than 100 documents relating to HS2 were published on the Department for Transport’s website - not so surprising when you realise that parliament's summer recess was looming. Some of the papers were more...
A joint venture between Keolis and Amey has become the new operator of Greater Manchester's Metrolink tram system. KeolisAmey Metrolink (KAM) takes over from RATP Dev, a subsidiary of the French state-owned RATP Group, with immediate effect with a contract...
Greater Manchester light rail operator Metrolink has launched a specially designed tram in response to the Manchester Arena attack. Paying tribute to the city's spirit following the bombing on May 22, Tram 3022 features a worker bee, which has become an...

Battery power for Spanish trams

A Midland Metro tram, in Spain, is currently being fitted with hi- tech batteries allowing it to run over stretches of track with no overhead power cables. Tram 18 was split in two and loaded onto flatbed lorries to make...

Streetcars named desire

It’s official: trams are soaring in popularity and the travelling public wants to see more of them. Bucking a less happy national trend, a recent Passenger Focus survey shows passenger satisfaction levels at 90 per cent. Light rail systems are...

TravelSafe pilot begins

A dedicated policing team will be deployed across Manchester’s tram and bus crime ‘hotspots’ over the next three years under a new Travelsafe Partnership pilot. Launched on 13 April, the three-year pilot scheme will see a 16 police constables, police...
Morgan Sindall has completed a £13.8 million extension of Midland Metro's Wednesbury depot. Part of a £128 million expansion of the light rail network, the project has doubled the size of the depot to support the maintenance of the operator's...

Magenta magic in Birmingham

Midland Metro’s new magenta trams have entered passenger service between Birmingham and Wolverhampton, ticking off the first major milestone in the system’s relaunch. When the New Street link opens in 2015 - returning trams to Birmingham City Centre for the first...

Daylight testing time

Daylight testing of trams through Edinburgh has begun as city leaders stepped up efforts to win back shoppers to the city centre. The new tram system should be open for business in May. Meanwhile a £1m campaign has been launched...

Track bonus for Birmingham

As railway staff set about installing new tram tracks in Birmingham city centre on Bonfire Night, linking Snow Hill and New Street, the first of a fleet of new trams was under test. The new £40 million Urbos 3 tram...

Blackpool tram boost

Blackpool’s tram system looks set to be extended from the promenade to Blackpool North railway station following an announcement by Transport for Lancashire that £16.4 million has been awarded towards the total cost of £18.2 million for the scheme. The...

Metrolink 2.0

Manchester Metrolink 2.0 has been given the go ahead. Taking a break from cabinet reshuffles and HS2, Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, was delighted to approve Transport for Greater Manchester’s application for the Transport and Works Act Order...
The first of 22 new Alstom Citadis trams for Nottingham has arrived at NET’s Wilkinson Street depot. Built in Barcelona the trams are scheduled to arrive at the rate of two a month via Southampton docks. The first five vehicles...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work