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Transport Committee inquiry seeks evidence on rail franchising

Transport Committee inquiry seeks evidence on rail franchising

05.05.16: The latest ‘Future of Rail’ inquiry from the Transport Committee, on rail franchising, is now seeking evidence. The inquiry is looking into the extent to which the DfT’s approach to rail franchising is achieving its key po...

Increased open access could limit franchise service expansions, Lords warn

Increased open access could limit franchise service expansions, Lords warn

05.05.16: Increased open access services will mean existing promises to expand franchises such as reinstating Virgin services to Lincoln will no longer be honoured, peers have warned. Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Randerson told Lord Ahmad, the Parl...

DfT criticised for ignoring environmental impact in franchise bids

DfT criticised for ignoring environmental impact in franchise bids

03.05.16: The DfT has been accused of failing to make environmental impact a priority in rail franchise contracts. An environmental audit of the department by the National Audit Office (NAO) found that many stakeholders said the department lacked a c...

European Parliament approve technical pillar of Fourth Railway Package

European Parliament approve technical pillar of Fourth Railway Package

29.04.16: A single European Railway Area is a step closer after the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly in favour of adopting the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package. The pillar, which was agreed during negotiations in June of last ye...

Network Rail publish code of conduct for suppliers

Network Rail publish code of conduct for suppliers

29.04.16: Network Rail suppliers will be obliged to comply with a new code of conduct the organisation has published to ensure the companies helping it deliver the Rail Upgrade Plan meet its standards. The code obliges suppliers to follow key safety...

UK Rail Industry Awards 2017 – entries now open

UK Rail Industry Awards 2017 – entries now open

29.04.16: Entries for the UK Rail Industry Awards 2017 are now open. Set to be the biggest event yet, the UK Rail Industry Awards bring together decision makers from across the industry to meet, network and celebrate success. Last year, more tha...

Balfour Beatty-Vinci JV names HS2 design partner with pledge to use SMEs

Balfour Beatty-Vinci JV names HS2 design partner with pledge to use SMEs

26.04.16: The Balfour Beatty/Vinci consortium announced yesterday that a Mott MacDonald SYSTRA joint venture will be their design partner for their bid for the delivery of HS2 Phase 1 civils work. Like Balfour Beatty Vinci, who are on the shortlist f...

£100m contracts to build Luton airport link advertised

£100m contracts to build Luton airport link advertised

25.04.16: Contracts worth between £100m and £200m to build the light rail link between Luton Airport Parkway station and London Luton Airport, including driverless rolling stock, are being advertised. Luton Borough Council confirmed last...

Align HS2 consortium names design partners

Align HS2 consortium names design partners

22.04.16: Align JV, the consortium bidding for HS2 phase 1 contracts, has named engineers Jacobs and Ingérop-Rendel as its design partners. Align, composed of BouyguesTravaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine, Morrison Utility Services and VolkerFi...

Sturgeon attacks ‘absurd’ ban on Scottish public sector operating rail

Sturgeon attacks ‘absurd’ ban on Scottish public sector operating rail

20.04.16: Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), has pledged that the SNP will allow Scottish public sector bodies to bid to run Scotland’s railways if they are re-elected in next month’s elections. In a speech...

TfL confirm London Overground contract with Arriva signed

TfL confirm London Overground contract with Arriva signed

18.04.16: The new £1.5bn contract for Arriva to provide London Overground services has now been signed. Arriva were announced by Transport for London (TfL) as the preferred bidder to take over from the current operator London Overground Rail Op...

DfT and c2c agree on six Class 387s lease to cope with ‘unprecedented’ demand

DfT and c2c agree on six Class 387s lease to cope with ‘unprecedented’ demand

14.04.16: A c2c deal with the Department for Transport to add six Class 387s to their fleet has been hailed as their “most significant increase in capacity” for a decade. The four-car trains, being built by Bombardier in Derby, will be in...

West Midlands Rail welcomes shortlist of bidders for franchise

West Midlands Rail welcomes shortlist of bidders for franchise

08.04.16: The company established to co-manage the West Midlands franchise has welcomed the shortlist of bidders announced yesterday. West Midlands Rail (WMR) was set up last year by 14 Metropolitan, Shire and Unitary authorities from across the wide...

NR offers maintenance and safety contracts worth up to £15m for Melton RIDC

NR offers maintenance and safety contracts worth up to £15m for Melton RIDC

08.04.16: Contracts worth between £6m-£15m are being offered for maintenance of Network Rail’s testing centre at Melton. The contracts, for operation and maintenance services at the Rail Innovation and Development Centre (RIDC), are...

Atkins named technical adviser for Glasgow’s driverless subway trains

Atkins named technical adviser for Glasgow’s driverless subway trains

06.04.16: The Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has named Atkins Transportation as its technical adviser for providing rolling stock for Glasgow’s new driverless subway trains. Atkins will be responsible for providing local subject ma...

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Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

12/10/2018Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

Rail commuters could continue to face disruption until major changes are made to the rail franchising system in 2020, following the transport sec... more >
£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

12/10/2018£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

Work to upgrade the route between Doncaster and northern Lincolnshire has begun as Network Rail invests more than £15m in rail freight in t... more >
How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

12/10/2018How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

The managing director for Crossrail 2 has outlined the plans for cutting costs for Crossrail 2, stating that TfL “need to make it more affo... 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 >