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Not-For-Profit UK Based Light Rail Transit Association

The LRTA is a not–for–profit UK based organisation and has members throughout the world. Free of any trade or political affiliation; it is the world’s leading organisation concerned with the achievement of better public transport through light rail, tramway and metro systems in towns and cities world–wide.

Tramways & Urban Transit — T&UT
T&UT is published on the third Friday of each month. It has news and features from around the world about urban transit developments and the latest information about tramways and light rail.

Tramway Review
Our historical quarterly is available with membership or as a stand alone subscription.

Why you should join the LRTA

Want to see integrated environmentally sustainable public transport in our towns and cities then you should join the LRTA — the more members the more effective we can be in campaigning for the introduction of trams and light rail.

Every month, members receive T&UT free as part of their membership. There is now a choice of a printed version delivered by post or online versions of the magazine. Postal members can also access the online version.

Membership includes access to the LRTA e–Group; a YAHOO group. You can join online at the LRTA shop by clicking the Discussion Group item on the join/renewals page. Alternatively to join please e–mail; include your full name, membership number and post/zip code to ease the task of checking membership.

Members also have access to a Members Area which enables members to read the magazine on-line plus a selection of internal documents not available to the general public including a special guide to campaigning. When logged in a members discount is available on books and DVDs. To access go to the LRTA shop and create/log in to your account. Email if Members Area not visible.

See How to join the LRTA page for more details.US and Canadian Visitors; feeling starved of up–to–date North American transit news? T&UT carries the breaking news stories each month in the most comprehensive and timely coverage now available.

Special Membership Offer

We are offering 3 months free digital trial membership to potential new members see Special Offer for further information.

Magazine Special Offer

The Association has a number of copies of Tramway Review and Tramways and Urban Transit/Modern Tramway from the 1960s up to 2021 which it is offering to members and supporters for the cost of processing and shipping. For more details go to Magazine Special Offer

Members’ Day – Dublin

The next Members’ Day will be held in Dublin on Friday 17th May 2024.

The day will start at 11:00 with refreshments of tea and coffee at Wynns Hotel on Abbey Street, just off O’Connell Street and close to the Bridge over the River Liffey. We will then proceed by tram to the Depot and a brief talk on the LUAS system followed by an opportunity to ride the System.

Those staying for the AOC on the Saturday or just to explore Dublin and environs, at 18:00 there will be a meal at Wynns Hotel followed by videos of the LUAS and Irish Railways.

See Dublin Members’ Day for further details and costs.

Annual General Meeting – 2024

The 2024 AGM will be held on Friday 27th September in Charleroi, Belgium. Full details to follow shortly for the additional activities and Gala Dinner.

LRTA Launches Landmark Book ‘The Trams Return’ at AGM

To mark 1000 editions of Tramways & Urban Transit and its predecessor The Modern Tramway, published continuously since 1938, the team behind the magazine have assembled a roster of expert authors to chronicle the sad decline and subsequent renaissance of tramways and light rail.

With both archive material and new content – as well as many unseen images – The Trams Return explores the reasons for the tramway’s disappearance from so many cities in the post-war period, and how the mode has since been reborn, evolved and adapted to support the growth of over 400 cities around the world.

Also highlighting the contributions of the people and organisations who kept the faith, The Trams Return places all these developments into the vital context of social, political and economic change that has brought us from closures and disposals to openings, expansion and the application of today’s cutting-edge technology.

With a foreword by UITP Secretary General Mohamed Mezghani.

A4 softback format with 224 pages, 260 colour and 33 black & white pictures, plus 5 maps and 3 detailed tables. The book was released at the LRTA Annual General Meeting on 18 September 2021 – members will qualify for a 10% discount on the cover price of £28.00 + Shipping. On Sale Now

Purchase ‘The Trams Return’

LRTA Members’ meetings continue online

The series of online discussions and presentations using the Zoom platform started in response to the pandemic have proved so popular with members around the world that we will be continuing with them. These are open to all LRTA Members and and are held monthly, usually on the third Wednesday of each month at 16.00 (UK Time). This is quite a commitment for the Association and any member worldwide who would like to present a talk should contact Paul Rowen at with details.

Go to the Members’ Online Meetings Page for further details.

A recording of the latest talk is available for Members to view. See the ‘Past Meetings’ section of the ‘Members’ Online Meetings‘ page.

LRTA Area meetingsMany Areas are holding physical meeting

Physical meetings are now being held by many Local Areas again. See the meetings page for both physical and online meetings.

Upcoming Meetings

20 Apr 24

Taunton 14.00, Small Scale Modelling (TLRS)

West Monkton Village Hall, Monkton Heathfield, TA2 8NE. Contact £2.00

27 Apr 24

Nottingham 1400. Tramway Museums by David Hanger (TLRS)

Beeston Scout Hut, Middle Street, Beeston, NG9 1GA Contact:

27 Apr 24

Garstang 14:00. Exotic Tramways videos. (TLRS)

St. Thomas’ Church Hall, Church St., Garstang, PR3 1PA. Contact via: £2.00 incl. light refreshments.

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The UK Government introduced its long- awaited Environment Bill in February, replacing existing EU legislation and claimed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as an opportunity to demonstrate the UK has adopted tougher policies than the EU. TramForward is disappointed that the Bill contains no legally-binding targets to meet World Health Organisation (WHO) air pollution standards by 2030.

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1937 - History of theLight Rail Transit Association

Back in 1937 the Light Rail Transit Association came into being. It was not a very grand launch. A few persons, aroused by what they judged to be the folly of scrapping certain tram routes in North London, established contact with each other through the correspondence columns of local newspapers. After one or two tentative gatherings, an organising committee of three (George Jackman, Jay Fowler and Geoffrey Southerden) signalled...

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1937 - History of the Light Rail Transit Association