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Cabinet Office releases procurement guidance to support suppliers

Cabinet Office releases procurement guidance to support suppliers

06.04.20: In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Cabinet Office has changed the way procurement cards may be used. The outbreak has placed increased pressure on commercial and finance teams and increased importance on maintaining cashflow to suppl...

Public consultation extended by Network Rail on major upgrade to railway in West Yorkshire

Public consultation extended by Network Rail on major upgrade to railway in West Yorkshire

06.04.20: Network Rail has lengthened the public consultation period in which residents and passengers can express their opinions and give feedback on proposals to upgrade the railway between Huddersfield and Westtown (Dewsbury) until Thursday, 30 April....

Ep.9 Navigating the freight world, Debbie Francis

Ep.9 Navigating the freight world, Debbie Francis

25.03.20: Debbie Francis, Direct Rail Services, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss the rail industry from a freight perspective. Debbie is a rail fanatic, leading the way in a male dominated area of the rail industry. With hosts Matt Roberts...

Network Rail Southern Region appealing for former professional signallers

Network Rail Southern Region appealing for former professional signallers

25.03.20: Despite losing staff to self-isolation and sickness during the coronavirus crisis, Network Rail Southern Region operations team are working to keep signal-boxes and control centres open 24/7. However, with the necessity to keep lines runnin...

Lord Berkeley calls for six month delay to HS2

Lord Berkeley calls for six month delay to HS2

25.03.20: In light of the current coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the nation and the world, Lord Berkeley has published a letter to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps calling for HS2 to be paused for six months. ...

Greater Anglia’s new electric trains complete test run

Greater Anglia’s new electric trains complete test run

17.03.20: Rail operator Greater Anglia has begun testing the first of its brand-new electric commuter trains which will provide passengers with thousands of extra seats on their journeys to London. Canadian manufacturer, Bombardier is responsible for...

First passenger train in 80 years runs on Camp Hill Line

First passenger train in 80 years runs on Camp Hill Line

17.03.20: For the first time in 80 years, a former railway line in south Birmingham today (March 16th) moved closer to reopening. Trains have not run along the Camp Hill line since 1941 but plans, orchestrated by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, are...

Railway Industry Association responds to the 2020 budget

Railway Industry Association responds to the 2020 budget

11.03.20: Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced the 2020 budget. Among his announcements, he confirmed reports that the government will increase spending on infrastructure. "We’re going to build broadband, railway...

Alstom’s world first hydrogen train completes tests in the Netherlands

Alstom’s world first hydrogen train completes tests in the Netherlands

09.03.20: After ten days of successful tests, Alstom’s Coradia iLint train ran 65 kilometres of line between Groningen and Leeuwarden in the northern area of the Netherlands. The tests follow 18 successful months of passenger service on the Bux...

Britain's first all female operated train service runs today

Britain's first all female operated train service runs today

06.03.20: In light of International Women’s Day, today (March 6th) Network Rail and Southeastern Railway join forces to launch the first ever passenger service run entirely by women. A rush hour Southeastern service will leave London for Kent s...

Network Rail invests over £100m to upgrade network over Easter

Network Rail invests over £100m to upgrade network over Easter

02.03.20: Network Rail is encouraging passengers to check and plan their journeys in advance over Easter this year due to planned improvement works. Thousands of rail workers will carry out 420 projects over the Easter period to improve the reliabili...

Northern franchise enters government control

Northern franchise enters government control

02.03.20: Following the news back in January that Northern would be stripped of its franchise and come under government control, yesterday (March 1st) marked a new start for the future of the franchise. To show their commitment to rebuilding passenge...

£20m Northern train depot refurb in Manchester

£20m Northern train depot refurb in Manchester

28.02.20: The £20m refurbishment of Arriva Rail North’s (Northern) Newton Heath train depot in Manchester is almost completed. Northern’s brand new diesel trains will be kept at Newton Heath and the team of 300 staff will also be re...

£20m funding for new railway stations across the country

£20m funding for new railway stations across the country

28.02.20: The Rail Minister has announced today (Feb 28th) a £20m fund boost for rail connections across the country. The new £20m funding is the third round of the New Stations Fund and comes off the back of the £500m Reversin...

New research partnership announced between University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility Ltd

New research partnership announced between University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility Ltd

26.02.20: Siemens Mobility Limited and the University of Birmingham have announced a new, academic framework research partnership, strengthening the relationship between the two organisations. The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education...

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Transport for London explains the importance of cyber security

09/04/2020Transport for London explains the importance of cyber security

As the third week of lockdown ends, many people are now working from home, raising concerns around cyber security for many employers. RTM sp... more >
Rail passengers urged to check ahead as work begins at Guildford

09/04/2020Rail passengers urged to check ahead as work begins at Guildford

The biggest rail investment in almost 40 years at Guildford is set to begin on Good Friday (Apr 10) with passengers, who need to use the railway ... more >
Rail Minister publishes open letter to Rail Delivery Group

08/04/2020Rail Minister publishes open letter to Rail Delivery Group

Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, has published an open letter to RDG asking the industry to proceed in their work ensuring that rail travel co... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >