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UKTram Owners and Operators Group visit Nottingham

The most recent meeting of the UKTram Owners and Operators Group was in Nottingham where members were given a tour of the tram depot at Wilkinson Street. This allowed members to get an in-depth insight into challenges faced by the … Continue reading

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UKTram Operations Group look at “Just Culture”

A recent meeting of the UKTram Operations Group looked at the tools that operators can use to further develop their “Just Culture” as representatives from tramways (including heritage) across the British Isles met in Manchester.

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UKTram back inclusion and diversity

UKTram’s Managing Director has urged male colleagues to think how they can contribute to making the sector an even more inclusive place to work. James Hammett recently attended a Women in Transport event which focused on ways men can support … Continue reading

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Benefits of asset mapping and track condition monitoring highlighted at UKTram

Light Rail engineers who are part of the UKTram Engineering Group (LREG) have recently been examining the merits of employing infrastructure mapping alongside condition monitoring to improve asset management.

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UKTram launch secondment scheme

UKTram have announced that members of their Executive Committee have agreed to support plans which will formalise secondments across the sector. Its hoped that the scheme will help the sector to retain top talent and also providing additional experience for … Continue reading

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UKTram Light Rail Summit returns to Birmingham

The UKTram Light Rail Summit is to take place on Thursday 19th September 2024 and will be returning to Birmingham again after the success of the last event in 2023.

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Body-worn cameras help security on UK tramways

The most recent meeting of the UKTram Operations Group heard how the use of body-worn cameras by frontline staff on a number of tramways across the country is helping to boost security. Its reported that the cameras and proving a … Continue reading

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2024 to be a pivotal year for light rail in the UK?

The Managing Director of UKTram – the industry body who represent the interests of trams and light rail in the UK – thinks that 2024 could be a pivotal year for light rail. James Hammett has told members that it … Continue reading

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UKTram Heritage Committee hear about successful seasons

Whilst industry body UKTram are heavily associated with campaigning for more tramways to be built they are also involved in the heritage sector and have a Heritage Committee who regularly meet to discuss various aspects of operating vintage tramcars. At … Continue reading

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Engineers highlight importance of track welding standards

At the latest meeting of ethe UKTram Engineering Group the topic of track welding methods was discussed with improvements identified as an effective way to improve operational performance on the nation’s tramways.

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UKTram appoint new Chair

Stephen Edwards has been appointed as the new Chair of UKTram, the organisation that represents the country’s light rail sector. Stephen joins the organisation with a successful background in strategic development, business planning and operations management, most recently as Executive … Continue reading

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New members join UKTram

UKTram have increased their membership after new organisations joined the light rail sector’s representative body. Amongst the new members are Transport for Wales who are working on ambitious plans for a new Metro system in Cardiff and the surrounding area.

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FOCUS+ provides breakthrough in driver fatigue detection

FOCUS+ – a wearable device that has been designed to detect the onset of fatigue in tram drivers – has delivered excellent results in independent tests which were commissioned by UKTram. The tests have shown that the technology has an … Continue reading

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New UKTram Engineering Group Chair gives communications commitment

The new Chair of the UKTram Light Rail Engineering Group, Marilena Papadopoulou, has said that her priority for the group will be to establish continuous dialogue with engineering experts across the light rail sector. Marilena made the commitment ahead of … Continue reading

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UKTram meet with Transport Minister

UKTram have recently had the chance to meet with Richard Holden, Minister at the Department for Transport with specific responsibility for light rail. In the meeting officials were able to highlight challenges faced by the sector whilst also pressing home … Continue reading

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Potential of light rail systems highlighted by Restore your Railway initiative

Over recent years it has seemed that the chances of a new light rail system being opened have been less and less with high costs and a lack of interest from central government of all persuasions. But the recent “Restore … Continue reading

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Tramways join forces to help tackle anti-social behaviour

Members of the UKTram Marketing and Customer Services Group have recently met to join forces to help to tackle anti-social behaviour on UK tramways and similar transit systems. Operators have reported that since the Covid-19 pandemic there has been a … Continue reading

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Interim Chair appointed by UKTram

Lindsay Murphy has been confirmed as the Interim Chair of UKTram. The appointment was made at a board meeting in the past week. Lindsay has over 30 years experience as a transport engineering specialist.

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Light Rail Summit 2023 to take place in Birmingham

Birmingham will be the third tram city to hold the UKTram organised Light Rail Summit it as been announced. The 2023 edition of the event will take place on 21st September and follows on from two previous successful events which … Continue reading

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Delays from other road users in focus at UKTram

Members of the UKTram Executive Group have agreed to share best practice on measures that they are taking to cut down on delays to services caused by other road users as part of the continued collaborative working between different operating … Continue reading

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