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Creating a stronger future for UK Light Rail

Alistair Gordon, CEO of public transport operator Keolis UK, explains why light rail can no longer be less strategically important to our transportation networks.

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TAUT: Sharing worldwide lessons and experience

Over the past month transport systems around the world have been stripped of their most vital asset – passengers. Many operators are reporting ridership levels that are 80-90% down on the norm as people are being told not to travel unless absolutely necessary. This has had devastating and unexpected effects.

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Welcome to our new normal…

In the past couple of weeks our day-to-day lives have been turned upside down and inside out. We’ve been told to ‘stay at home, save lives’and gradually more strictly-enforced lockdowns mean that the vast majority are working from sofas or hastily-constructed home offices as the coronavirus pandemic has exploded worldwide – its RNA structure seemingly making it remarkably easy to catch but very difficult to kill.

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With the UK now in the delay phase of its response to the Covid-19 outbreak, Mainspring has
taken the difficult decision to re-schedule this year’s UK Light Rail Conference – due to take
place on 19-20 May – to new dates of 8-9 September 2020.

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Why promises need to be followed by actions…

It is unlikely that the result of the recent UK General Election will have come as a surprise to many. The 80-strong majority secured by the Conservative Party in the country’s third election in five years is clear evidence of a ‘push-back’ against years of bickering, broken promises and a willingness to break the deadlock on Brexit that has been seen as holding back decision-making and key investment the UK desperately needs.

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The UK Light Rail Conference looks for innovative solutions to improve the challenges of climate change brought about by the transport industry.

‘Addressing the challenges of climate change offers a massive opportunity for light rail’, was the key theme at this year’s UK Light Rail Conference #UKLRC19, hosted in the trendy Media City area of Manchester from 23 – 24 July 2019. We hear from AssessTech’s Sally Brinkley on her key takeaways from the conference.

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Taking back control: the role of cities in light rail

With cities continuing to grow and more powers being devolved from central government, the way that transport schemes are being developed is changing.  This puts light rail in the driving seat.

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The 5 C’s of the 21st Century Depot

Adam Collins of SNC-Lavalin analyses the challenges of the modern depot and looks at how technology may transform how we operate and maintain both vehicles and infrastructure.

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With potentially devastating disruption seen across both public and private networks in May, Kevin Bell from Bond Dickinson examines some of the threats to transport systems.

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It’s not all about the spin…

Ahead of his presentation at the 12th Annual UK Light Rail Conference, Dr Stuart Thomson considers the vital, and often overlooked role, of stakeholder engagement.

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