Could UK Tram-Train Trial open new Line in rail branch solutions?
A pilot project just authorised by the British government might make a significant contribution to re-defining rail technologies for shorter and more lightly used lines. Daniel Wright considers the opportunities
The announcement by the UK Department for Transport (DfT) that it is to press ahead with a long-mooted pilot scheme to test the Tram-Train concept in South Yorkshire finds it hard to explain why the government really thinks a trial of an already proven technology is necessary. After all, systems where the line between a tramway and a suburban railway has been blurred to achieve a new form of connectivity are now well established in Europe, and even in the UK. Perhaps the British project has...