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Light rail news roundup Wednesday September 23, 2020

KeolisAmey Docklands has won a prestigious award after another year of record-breaking performance.

The system was presented with the blue riband trophy for Passenger Operator of the Year at the National Rail Awards while Manchester Metrolink were highly commended in the Infrastructure Achievement category for the extension to Trafford Park.

For the full story on the awards, click here.

In other news from around the light rail sector:

Light Rail Safety Standards Board

The first comprehensive study of the leading driver monitoring technology has been completed by LRSSB the organisation responsible for driving light rail safety.

By tracking driver attention, and responding when signs that alertness levels may be lowering, the systems are designed to provide additional safeguards against potential risks.

You can read the full story here.

Blackpool Transport

The operator has announced a new Travel Club scheme, offering commuters across the Fylde Coast 10% off their travel when their employer signs up to the scheme.

The scheme is free for businesses who want to get on board and a host of other benefits and more information can be found here.

Tyne & Wear Metro

A vibrant yellow colour scheme for Metro’s £362m new train fleet has been revealed as operator Nexus launches a major public consultation on new interiors.

The modern and eye-catching yellow exterior, with black and pale grey along the train sides, followed input from passengers and employees and is a nod to the Metro’s iconic yellow PTE livery introduced when the system first opened 40 years ago.

The new Metro fleet, which is being built by the Swiss train manufacturer, Stadler, is set to enter service in 2023, transforming the experience for passengers and boosting reliability.


Crich Tramway Village has thanked supporters for raising over £10,000 by sponsoring a sleeper to fund track replacement work.

During our closed season between November 2019 and March 2020 staff and volunteers, supported by external contractors, undertook replacement of 360 metres of trackwork along the section of double track known as the Bandstand Curves.

In total our team successfully installed 500 replacement hardwood sleepers and 40 lengths of new rail, and you can read the full story here.

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