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Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19.10.18: Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks between the UK and Dutch governments to fix the “flawed” funding formula in place. Dutch company Abellio jointly...

Study to explore plans for direct London-Bordeaux high-speed rail route

Study to explore plans for direct London-Bordeaux high-speed rail route

16.10.18: Work is to start on a study looking into the changes needed to create a direct, high-speed rail route between London and Bordeaux. Four infrastructure managers along the route – HS1 Ltd, Lisea, Eurotunnel and SNCF Réseau &ndash...

KeolisAmey £5bn Wales and Borders Rail service launches today

KeolisAmey £5bn Wales and Borders Rail service launches today

15.10.18: KeolisAmey has begun operations taking over the Wales and Borders franchise today, with “transformed” services on the way for passengers according to the Welsh transport secretary Ken Skates. Following the decision to award the...

West Yorkshire to receive share of £840m funding to upgrade key rail connections

West Yorkshire to receive share of £840m funding to upgrade key rail connections

28.09.18: West Yorkshire Combined Authority has secured funding for upgrading connections to eight of its rail stations after Theresa May announced that the authority will receive a share of a £840m transport fund. The Department for Transport...

DfT quietly pulls the plug on CrossCountry franchise competition

DfT quietly pulls the plug on CrossCountry franchise competition

20.09.18: The government has decided to pull the plug on the CrossCountry franchise competition as a result of its rail review announcement today. Because of the franchise’s “unique geographic nature,” running from Aberdeen to Penza...

Network Rail extends two-year £200m British Steel contract

Network Rail extends two-year £200m British Steel contract

19.09.18: Network Rail has announced a £200m two-year contract extension with British Steel. The owner and infrastructure manager of Britain’s tracks said that today’s agreement is “continuing a close partnership” betwee...

Shortlisted bidders revealed for £360m Tyne and Wear rolling stock deal

Shortlisted bidders revealed for £360m Tyne and Wear rolling stock deal

17.09.18: Nexus, which runs the Tyne and Wear Metro, has announced a shortlist of bidders in the running for the £360m contract to build and maintain the network’s new rolling stock. Nexus has now begun detailed negotiations with all bidd...

Network Rail to pilot private financing with several ‘contestable’ renewals schemes

Network Rail to pilot private financing with several ‘contestable’ renewals schemes

12.09.18: Network Rail has published a list of projects for which it is seeking third-party funding as part of plans to open the organisation up to outsiders – including two private financing opportunities and a series of small-scale ‘contesta...

£700,000 spent with consultancy firm over Police Scotland and BTP merger

£700,000 spent with consultancy firm over Police Scotland and BTP merger

11.09.18: Nearly £700,000 has been spent by Police Scotland with a private consultancy firm as part of the controversial plans to merge the British Transport Police (BTP) in Scotland with its national force. However, the proposed plans— w...

EU sets final deadline for Siemens and Alstom merger

EU sets final deadline for Siemens and Alstom merger

07.09.18: The European Commission has set a deadline of 28 January for the proposed rail merger of Siemens and Alstom. The deal was agreed last September but has been met by objections from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the O...

NR seeks ‘true long-term partner’ for ECML digital railway roll-out

NR seeks ‘true long-term partner’ for ECML digital railway roll-out

06.09.18: Network Rail has launched the first stage of its procurement process to find a partner to deliver the first inter-city digital railway on the East Coast Main Line (ECML). In what has been described as “an entirely new way of working,&...

Sir Terry Morgan drops London City Airport job to focus on HS2

Sir Terry Morgan drops London City Airport job to focus on HS2

31.08.18: Sir Terry Morgan CBE has decided to step down from his role as chairman of London City Airport to focus solely on HS2. The former Crossrail boss joined HS2 Ltd last month as chairman, taking over from Sir David Higgins after being appointed...

Vivarail unveils new Class 230 livery as West Midlands Trains deal signed

Vivarail unveils new Class 230 livery as West Midlands Trains deal signed

22.08.18: Vivarail has unveiled a special new livery for the Class 230 trains set to run between Bedford and Bletchley as the contract for the London Northwestern Railway service deal is officially signed. The two-car units, which will start running...

TfWM partners up with another TOC in race for ‘as many deals as possible’

TfWM partners up with another TOC in race for ‘as many deals as possible’

02.08.18: As part of its ambition to team up with as many operators as possible in order to “revolutionise” the rail network, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has signed a brand-new partnership deal with Virgin Trains and West Midlands Rail...

Crossrail boss appointed to replace Higgins at HS2

Crossrail boss appointed to replace Higgins at HS2

13.07.18: Top image: Chief executive of Crossrail Andrew Wolstenholme (left) and former chairman of Crossrail Sir Terry Morgan (right).  The man who has been chair of Crossrail since 2009 has been appointed to the same top job at HS2 Ltd, t...

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FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported failure to tell the London S... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks between the UK and Dutch gove... more >
Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

19/10/2018Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has agreed to proceed with a proposed ‘hybrid option’ for timetable changes this December, the Rai... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >