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New Ministerial team confirmed at the Department for Transport

Following the results of the UK General Election which took place on 4th July the change of administration of course means a complete change of personnel with the Department for Transport who will be responsible, amongst many other things, for … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Dundee 24 at the Dundee Museum of Transport

The Dundee Museum of Transport opened in April 2014 and is currently located in a former abbatoir in Market Mews not far from the centre of the city. Work to expand the museum has been ongoing since although it is … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Work underway on returning an Aberdeen tram to the rails

Not all trams end up being restored back to their former use but do still end up carrying passengers once again, and it is a tram which falls into that category which we feature in this article. The Alford Valley … Continue reading

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Midland Metro 16 becomes a “hub for innovative transport technology”

As reported earlier this year, former Midland Metro T69 16 is to receive a new lease of life as a testbed for various new technologies and now more details have been released of this after a special Demonstration Day event … Continue reading

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More Transport Trust Red Wheels unveiled

For over 15 years the Transport Trust have been recognising the transport history of the UK with their “Red Wheel” scheme. Similar to the familiar blue plaques seen on buildings across the country, the idea of the “Red Wheel” scheme … Continue reading

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LRSSB collaborate with SYMCA to develop new guidance

The Light Rail Safety Standards Board (LRSSB) have developed new Safety Management System (SMS) to aid the whole light rail sector in the UK whilst also supporting the South Yorkshire Mayor Combined Authority (SYMCA) during the transition of the operation … Continue reading

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New working group set up to look at SPAD issues on UK tramway’s

The Light Rail Safety and Standards Board (LRSSB) are to set up a new working group to thoroughly investigate the reasons why trams sometimes fail to stop at signals when they are required to.

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Review of light rail safety document completed

A document which sets out the core principles of light rail safety has been reissued to the industry after a review was completed by sector experts. More than 200 amendments have been made to the Tramway Principles and Guidance (TPG1) … Continue reading

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New board member confirmed at LRSSB

The Light Rail Safety and Standards Board have confirmed another permanent appointment to its board of directors. Danny Vaughan (Head of Metrolink at Transport for Greater Manchester) is now on the board permanently having served as an interim board member … Continue reading

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Public transport in English cities in “precarious position” according to new report

Whilst not only concerned with trams and light rail, a new report commissioned by the Urban Transport Group lays bare the current position of public transport in major English cities with the group calling on more clarity and certainty over … Continue reading

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Bournemouth tram heads to auction

A tram which once ran on Bournemouth Corporation Tramways is heading to auction. No. 113 has been in use as an office by Plankbridge (a firm who specialise in making and restoring shepherd’s huts) for around a decade but they … Continue reading

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Saltburn Cliff Tramway won’t be ready to reopen by Easter

Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council have confirmed that the repairs required to the Saltburn Cliff Tramway after a fire in January will not be completed in time for the cliff tramway to open again at Easter as originally planned.

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Centralised learning platform set to provide revolution in light rail training

The management of training and development on UK tramways is set to be transformed with the launch of an ambitious sector-wide initiative. The Light Rail Safety and Standards Board are leading the project which is aiming to revolutionise learning across … Continue reading

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How does the Stourbridge Shuttle work?

Have you ever wondered how the Stourbridge Shuttle works? Now being billed as the only Very Light Rail (VLR) system in the UK, operators of the shuttle service (which links Stourbridge Junction and Stourbridge Town) Pre Metro are trying to … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Artefacts of the Ryde Pier Tramway

If you think of Isle of’s and trams its probably fair to say that the first one which springs to mind is Man and not Wight! But the Isle of Wight, off the Hampshire coast, was once home to a … Continue reading

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New LRSSB Chair announced

George Lowder MBE has been named the Chair of the Light Rail Safety and Standard Board (LRSSB). He is currently the Chief Executive of Transport for Edinburgh and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this non-executive position.

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Tram track uncovered in Leeds

It didn’t long for the first “tram track found during roadworks” story in 2024! First out of the blocks for this year is Leeds – and whilst the usual reminiscences of trams when they used to run in the city … Continue reading

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Saltburn Cliff Tramway suffers major damage in fire

The historic Saltburn Cliff Tramway has received major damage in a fire, which is believed to have been caused by an electrical fault. The funicular is the oldest operating water balance cliff line in the UK and dates from 1884.

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KeolisAmey Metrolink contract extended until 2027

Transport for Greater Manchester have confirmed that KeolisAmey will continue to operate and maintain the Metrolink network for a further three years until July 2027. The new contract is an extension of the existing deal which had been due to … Continue reading

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LRSSB on track to provide more support for light rail sector in 2024

The Light Rail Safety and Standards Board are to build on their successes of the past 12 months and aim to continue to grow and evolve in 2024 according to a new year’s message from their Chief Executive, Carl Williams. … Continue reading

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