UK urban rail industry news

  • West Midlands Metro tram in Birmingham city centre (Photo: Tony MIles)
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    West Midlands Metro governance inquiry launched

    2021-11-22T10:26:00Z

    UK: An independent review into the governance of the West Midlands Metro light rail network is to be carried out in the wake of the withdrawal of the CAF tram fleet which operates services between Birmingham and Wolverhampton.

  • Birmingham West Midlands Metro tram (Photo: CAF)
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    West Midlands Metro services suspended over tram cracks

    2021-11-12T17:19:00Z

    UK: West Midlands Metro announced on November 12 that services would be suspended for at least four weeks from the following day because of cracking on its CAF Urbos 3 trams. The manufacturer discovered cracks during maintenance checks in June, and services were suspended from June ...

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    Custom tool developed for London Underground train maintenance

    2021-11-12T12:45:00Z

    UK: Norbar Torque Tools’ specialist engineering department has developed a unique tool to meet London Underground’s requirements for removing and refitting the inter-car coupler mounting bolts on the Victoria Line fleet. The coupler mounting on the Bombardier Transportation trainsets has four bolts with a significant boss ...

  • Transport for London staff assist blind passenger
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    London Underground consults on accessibility priorities

    2021-11-10T07:00:00Z

    UK: Transport for London has begun a public consultation to help it prioritise works to make London Underground stations more accessible. It is seeking feedback on whether to focus on upgrading a single, complex central London station, or divide the available resources between small and medium-sized ...

  • Sheffield Supertram
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    Young people urged to consider careers in light rail

    2021-11-05T05:00:00Z

    UK: An engineering ‘skills gap’ across many sectors including light rail means there are opportunities for young people to play a major role in meeting future transport and environmental challenges, says UKTram. The industry body is developing a light rail career ‘roadmap’, and planning a series ...

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    Tyne & Wear Metro deploys monitoring drone

    2021-10-27T08:00:00Z

    UK: Transport authority Nexus has begun using a Matrice 300 RTK drone to monitor the 77 km Tyne & Wear Metro network. The unmanned aerial vehicle is currently equipped with a L1 sensor for lidar surveys, P1 sensor for photogrammetry and imaging and H20T for thermal ...

  • Nottingham tram
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    What have the trams ever done for us?

    2021-10-22T05:00:00Z

    UK: The Urban Transport Group has published the Leading light: What light rail can do for city regions report produced by consultancy Steer Group, which sets out how light rail supports economic growth, social inclusion and environmental gains. The key findings are that: light rail ...

  • UrbanMass has announced plans for a demonstration installation of its Floc concept for driverless electric pods
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    Driverless pod technology planned for Shildon and Kampala

    2021-10-14T00:02:00Z

    UK: UrbanMass has announced plans for a demonstration installation of its Floc concept for driverless electric pods which would use existing roads to collect passengers on-demand, and then ‘flock’ together as trains on dedicated elevated tracks. A demonstration system is planned to open at the National ...

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    UKTram consults on draft light rail strategy

    2021-10-04T14:52:00Z

    UK: Light rail industry body UKTram is seeking comments on its draft Light Rail Strategy for the UK, which is due to be submitted to ministers and the Department for Transport later this year.

  • Blackpool Flexity tram and bus
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    Blackpool Transport radios go digital

    2021-10-04T05:00:00Z

    UK: TES Communication Solutions is to replace the analogue radio equipment on Blackpool Transport Services’ tram and bus fleets with a digital system. This will include ‘independent and resilient’ wide-area voice and data backhaul infrastructure to provide continuity of operations in the event of power cuts ...

  • Mobility hub visualisation
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    Go-Ahead and Arup set out vision for sustainable transport hubs

    2021-09-22T09:00:00Z

    UK: Ways to improve the integration of public transport with walking, cycling, micromobility and digital services to create an attractive alternative to car travel have been presented by train and bus operator Go-Ahead Group and engineering consultancy Arup. The Future Mobility Hubs report outlines a flexible ...

  • West Midlands Metro tram.
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    Funding sought for West Midlands Metro expansion

    2021-09-21T15:24:00Z

    UK: The West Midlands Combined Authority Board has approved bids for £2bn of government funding for investment in tram, rail, bus and cycling infrastructure over the next five years The bids cover the refurbishment and upgrading of West Midlands Metro’s Birmingham – Wolverhampton light rail line, ...

  • A branch of London Underground’s Northern Line to serve the Battersea Power Station redevelopment area opened on September 20 (Photo: TfL).
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    London Underground’s Battersea Power Station extension opens

    2021-09-20T13:33:00Z

    UK:·A 3·3 km two-station branch of London Underground’s Northern Line to serve the Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station redevelopment area opened on September 20. ‘This extension will hugely improve the links between these vibrant, growing south London neighbourhoods and the rest of the capital, and ...

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    Bespoke London Underground doors pass fire test

    2021-09-14T05:00:00Z

    UK: Rhino Doors has successfully fire-tested bespoke self-closing doors designed for the cross passages of Transport for London’s Moorgate station. The doors are intended to provide passengers with reduced mobility with a place of refuge during emergencies, and feature panic bars and vision panels. The double-leaf ...

  • Tyne & Wear Metro Stadler train impression
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    Tyne & Wear Metro train order increased

    2021-09-07T13:50:00Z

    UK: An order for Stadler to supply a further four trains for the Tyne & Wear Metro has been confirmed by transport authority Nexus, taking the total to 46 five-car sets. The firm order has been placed after £95m was secured for the Metro Flow programme ...

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    Transport for London joins project reference scheme

    2021-09-01T13:18:00Z

    UK: Transport for London has joined the Rail Supply Group’s export reference scheme which provides simplified project references for suppliers who are seeking to sell their products or services overseas. Network Rail and HS2 Ltd already participate. ‘At the Rail Supply Group we’ve been working closely ...

  • Passengers on London Underground's Piccadilly Line wearing coronavirus face coverings
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    London Underground driverless train study seeks platform edge door alternatives

    2021-08-20T10:10:00Z

    UK: As part of a study into the feasibility of introducing driverless trains on the London Underground, Transport for London is seeking information about technologies that could mitigate platform-train interface risks in the absence of platform edge doors. TfL’s participation in a Department for Transport-led study ...

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    Hackney Central station expansion underway

    2021-08-03T05:00:00Z

    UK: Work has started on a £3m refurbishment of the London Overground station at Hackney Central on the North London Line, including the construction of a second entrance.

  • Nottingham trams
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    Light rail safety strategy published

    2021-07-27T05:00:00Z

    UK: Research into light rail safety, expanding the range of guidance documents and the continued development of a new risk model and a robust accident reporting system are amongst the projects detailed in the Light Rail Safety & Standards Board’s business plan. LRSSB was formed in ...

  • West Midlands Metro training 09
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    Training academy to support tram network expansion

    2021-07-23T04:59:00Z

    UK: West Midlands Metro has opened a training academy at its Wednesbury depot, as the tram operator plans to create more than 160 driving, maintenance, ticket inspection and support jobs as part of a £1∙3bn network expansion programme. As well as providing a central location for ...