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Taking back flood control

Taking back flood control

05.09.16: Network Rail’s commercial scheme sponsor, Joanna Grew, talks to RTM about the recent flood alleviation works carried out at Hinksey. Over the last 14 years, flooding on the Didcot to Oxford railway line between Hinksey has led to 11 c...

Scottish councils increase funding bids for reopening stations

Scottish councils increase funding bids for reopening stations

26.08.16: More money has been offered to support the reopening of two stations on the East Coast Main Line in Scotland. Following talks with transport minister Humza Yousaf and the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran), Scottish Bord...

c2c launches energy-saving programme

c2c launches energy-saving programme

24.08.16: c2c is seeking to save the equivalent of enough electricity to power its entire fleet for a week by installing LED lighting at its stations. The lighting, which will be installed at all stations, is more energy-efficient than the existing l...

Network Rail holds discussions about new station at Norwich

Network Rail holds discussions about new station at Norwich

23.08.16: Norwich could get a second railway station after Broadland District Council and Network Rail confirmed they are considering the option of improving rail connections to a local business park. Broadland District Council said it was interested...

Early Glasgow Queen Street tunnel completion paves the way for electric trains

Early Glasgow Queen Street tunnel completion paves the way for electric trains

08.08.16: Transport minister Humza Yousaf joined engineers on Friday to celebrate the early completion of the major £60m refurb project at Glasgow Queen Street tunnel, as part of preparations for the Glasgow-Edinburgh main line electrification next...

Cambridge North ‘beginning to take shape’

Cambridge North ‘beginning to take shape’

01.08.16: The new Cambridge North station is on track to open next year as building work progresses. The £50m station is being built as part of Network Rail’s Rail Upgrade Plan in order to relieve pressures on Cambridge station and encour...

New London Bridge concourse to open next month

New London Bridge concourse to open next month

27.07.16: Parts of London Bridge’s new concourse will be accessible for passengers from 29 August following extensive upgrades. The new and larger concourse is designed to offer passengers more space, easier connections between services and mor...

Old Oak and Park Royal gearing up for new ‘super-hub’ station

Old Oak and Park Royal gearing up for new ‘super-hub’ station

28.06.16: West London is set to have the largest new station ‘super-hub’ built in the UK for over a century by 2026. Victoria Hills, chief executive officer of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), runs through the early devel...

Bromsgrove railway station to open on 12 July

Bromsgrove railway station to open on 12 July

28.06.16: Bromsgrove’s £24m station development, designed to attract business to the town and improve integration with other transport facilities, is complete and will open on 12 July. The new station features a staffed ticket office, pas...

Paving the way for a modern Glasgow Queen Street

Paving the way for a modern Glasgow Queen Street

24.06.16: Ahead of the major redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street station next year, Rodger Querns, programme director for the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP), runs through the ongoing preparation works taking place at the tunnel and throa...

Khan launches review of Old Oak and Park Royal Corporation

Khan launches review of Old Oak and Park Royal Corporation

24.06.16: The mayor of London has launched a formal review of the organisation charged with regenerating the area around the planned Old Oak Common ‘super-station’ hub. The review of Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) a...

Huddersfield station fit for the future

Huddersfield station fit for the future

23.06.16: As part of its new franchise programme, TransPennine Express (TPE) unveiled a refurbished Huddersfield station in mid-June. Here, its head of customer experience, Steve Lee, runs through the major customer upgrades this investment entails. ...

GTR to close ticket offices, but promises staff will remain at stations

GTR to close ticket offices, but promises staff will remain at stations

09.06.16: Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is to close ticket offices or reduce the hours they are available at 83 stations, but has promised the reforms will be subject to consultation with Transport Focus and London Travel Watch. GTR said that the cl...

TOCs defend themselves against ‘ticket machine jargon’ criticisms

TOCs defend themselves against ‘ticket machine jargon’ criticisms

03.06.16: TOCs have promised improvements to the self-service ticket selling process after a report by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) found that too many passengers are still experiencing difficulties using ticket vending machines. The first ORR &...

Next phase of construction work on Ilkeston station begins

Next phase of construction work on Ilkeston station begins

27.05.16: Work to build the first railway station at Ilkeston for fifty years is set to begin from next week. Network Rail will start installing foundations for the west and east platforms of the station in the Derbyshire town from 31 May. Screw...

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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

22/10/2018Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

The Thameslink programme at Network Rail’s latest project pledges to drive innovation and make commuters’ lives easier with cutting-e... more >
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 >

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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 >