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DfT sets out timetable for future franchises

DfT sets out timetable for future franchises

23.05.16: The Department for Transport (DfT) is seeking expressions of interest for rail franchises for the next ten years. In the franchise notice, the DfT says it is seeking expressions of interest in operating rail services from companies, consort...

Aggreko wins five-year rental power contract with Network Rail

Aggreko wins five-year rental power contract with Network Rail

23.05.16: A five-year contract to provide Network Rail with power generators for emergency support and planned maintenance has been awarded to Aggreko. The power company will hire and install mobile, modular diesel and gas generators, load banks, hea...

Campaigners ‘not convinced’ of benefits of increased open access

Campaigners ‘not convinced’ of benefits of increased open access

17.05.16: Proposals to increase open access to British railways could fail to achieve their goals and waste money currently being spent on upgrades, Campaign for Better Transport has said ahead of tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech. In a media bri...

Hendy to deliver keynote speech at UKRIA 2017

Hendy to deliver keynote speech at UKRIA 2017

13.05.16: Network Rail’s chairman, Sir Peter Hendy, is to deliver what will undoubtedly be an enjoyable and lively keynote address at the 2017 edition of the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA). Sir Peter, who replaced Richard Parry-Jones at the or...

Siemens mobility MD appointed as Rail Supply Group interim chair

Siemens mobility MD appointed as Rail Supply Group interim chair

10.05.16: Gordon Wakeford, managing director of the Siemens mobility division, has been appointed as the new interim chair of the Rail Supply Group. Wakeford is also chair of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), and replaces Terence Watson who sto...

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...

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Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

13/08/2018Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

Plans to improve the East Coast Main Line (ECML) have been given the go-ahead by the transport secretary as part of Network Rail’s Railway ... more >
Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

13/08/2018Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

Two north-west mayors have called for a freeze on rail fares in the north after national fees on networks are set to rise by 3.5% next year. ... more >
Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

10/08/2018Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

The former boss of Carillion’s UK infrastructure business is set to take over Balfour Beatty Vinci to lead its HS2 joint venture. Mark... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >