Our leading cities need to be globally competitive and they place a strong emphasis on securing economic growth and improving air quality. They recognise the need to develop sustainable, integrated transport solutions and, unquestionably, tramways can – and do – make a massive contribution towards delivering these goals.
Our key objective is to present a ‘single voice’ for the light rail sector in dealing with government and statutory bodies, helping to develop a co-ordinated and structured approach to regulation, procurement and standardisation. By doing so we can present a cogent and powerful argument to support the further expansion of tramways and other rapid transit systems across the UK.
Across the world, the light rail sector is recognised as a dynamic solution to urban transport requirements – one that is hugely popular with the travelling public.
UK Tram brings together all organisations with an interest in the future development of light rail in the United Kingdom, ensuring it remains a viable, cost-effective and consistently improving transport option.
As a not-for-profit, membership body, we represent all light rail and ‘other guided transport’ systems in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. This includes second generation tramways, metros and subways (excluding London Underground), very light rail and personal rapid transit systems as well as the many heritage tramways serving the tourism sector.
Our membership takes in organisations from all sides of the industry including network operators, infrastructure and rolling stock maintenance organisations, passenger transport executives, local transport authorities, local government, concessionaires, manufacturers and equipment suppliers, industry advisors and expert consultants.
As such we take a leading role in both promoting the sector and representing its interests in terms of technical standards, safety and legislative changes. We co-ordinate a range of professional sector forums dedicated to promoting best practice, stretching performance standards, transferring knowledge and expertise and driving innovation and technical excellence.
We also serve as the keeper of Railway Safety Principles (part 2) and associated guidance and standards, having responsibility for reviewing and updating these documents. Meanwhile our Centre of Excellence provides a key resource to further promote innovation and assess the viability of prospective tramway schemes.