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.
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.
‘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.
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.
Russell McCullagh examines the opportunities and challenges facing operators during a period of rapid technological change.
Transport for Greater Manchester has announced that Sunday 26 February will see the start of passenger services on Manchester Metrolink’s Second City Crossing (2CC), marking the completion of the system’s GBP1.5bn (EUR1.76bn) ‘Big Bang’ expansion programme.