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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31.07.18: As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the watchdog’s crucial involvement in helping to shape the programme since its early days. The...

Groundbreaking ‘HS4Air’ line proposed, slashing Heathrow to Gatwick travel to just 15 minutes

Groundbreaking ‘HS4Air’ line proposed, slashing Heathrow to Gatwick travel to just 15 minutes

27.07.18: Passengers could connect from Heathrow to Gatwick in just 15 minutes with new £10bn plans to create a high-speed HS4 line. Proposals developed by engineering consultants Expedition say that “HS4Air” (High Speed for Air) wi...

Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19.07.18: HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create a parkway station on the high-speed line to serve the South Yorkshire areas as a whole. In a major report released toda...

Final plans submitted for rail-connected Yorkshire hub

Final plans submitted for rail-connected Yorkshire hub

18.07.18: A 276-acre site in Yorkshire could be transformed into a major rail-connected hub servicing the north of England as part of proposals put forward to Selby District Council today. Harworth Group, a land regeneration and property investment s...

The results are in

The results are in

10.07.18: David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, investigates the results of the watchdog’s latest nationwide station survey. “Nice friendly staff. Very efficient.” Passengers have spoken, and London King’s Cross...

HS2 eastern leg rolling stock depot confirmed for Leeds

HS2 eastern leg rolling stock depot confirmed for Leeds

04.07.18: The government has confirmed that the new HS2 eastern leg rolling stock depot will be built in Leeds in order to create jobs and ensure Yorkshire reaps the benefits of high-speed rail. The depot, which will service and maintain the new high...

HS1: Going international

HS1: Going international

03.07.18: Wendy Spinks OBE, commercial director of HS1 Ltd, discusses the potential of new, direct international train services from the UK. Passengers value international  train  travel and want new direct destinations. That should come as...

NR stations to tackle plastic use to become greener

NR stations to tackle plastic use to become greener

06.06.18: Network Rail is to ban retailers from supplying plastic cutlery and cups in its managed stations from 2020. The move forms part of the organisation’s plans to tackle three significant environmental issues in the country’s biggest an...

£3m pledged for Darlington Station project

£3m pledged for Darlington Station project

05.06.18: The progress of renovation plans for Darlington Station has been given a boost after the local council has committed £3m to finance the proposals. After a meeting of the Tees Valley Combined Authority cabinet, the cash was agreed to t...

Bridge plans at dangerous Wareham crossing rejected by council

Bridge plans at dangerous Wareham crossing rejected by council

04.06.18: Amended plans to install a ramped bridge at the dangerous Wareham Level Crossing have been refused by the district council. In a meeting last week, Purbeck District Council’s planning committee ruled that the amended plans have not addres...

Gordon Wakeford: The rail industrial revolution

Gordon Wakeford: The rail industrial revolution

18.05.18: Gordon Wakeford, managing director of the Siemens Mobility Division, explains how the company plans to make Yorkshire the base for the new UK rail industrial revolution. The prosperity of the Northern Powerhouse is crucial to the growt...

Old Oak Common depot begins operations ahead of Elizabeth Line launch

Old Oak Common depot begins operations ahead of Elizabeth Line launch

11.05.18: The new depot at Old Oak Common has begun operations in a major milestone for London’s new Elizabeth Line, which is due to launch in seven months’ time. The new facility, which will be capable of housing and maintaining up to 42...

Royal reopening for London Bridge

Royal reopening for London Bridge

10.05.18: The Duke of Cambridge has reopened London Bridge station following its £1bn transformation. Prince William officially reopened the country’s fourth busiest railway station yesterday after a five year rail and building programme that...

First milestone in £120m Queen Street revamp reached

First milestone in £120m Queen Street revamp reached

10.05.18: Work has been completed on the extension of Glasgow Queen Street’s platform 1. The completion of the six month project is the first key milestone in the £120m redevelopment of the station. Work to extend the platform by 50m began...

Next stop, Bradford

Next stop, Bradford

09.05.18: The impact of Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) on Bradford will be immense. It’s vital that the opportunity is capitalised on in order to transform travel and leave a lasting positive legacy for years to come, writes Kersten England, chief e...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 trains to the lines. T... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected 3.5%. This increase... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and... 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 >