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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...

South Kensington: Building on a legacy

South Kensington: Building on a legacy

09.05.18: Graeme Craig, director of commercial development at TfL, says the redevelopment of the iconic South Kensington station will revitalise what is already a gateway to some of the world’s most treasured institutions. South Kensington Tube...

Birmingham International station set for £286m revamp

Birmingham International station set for £286m revamp

03.05.18: The plans for a £286m revamp of Birmingham International station have been revealed after it secured more than £9m for a redesign project in preparation for the arrival of HS2. Over £9m has been awarded to the Urban G...

NR takes over Guildford and Clapham Junction stations to aid redevelopment

NR takes over Guildford and Clapham Junction stations to aid redevelopment

11.04.18: Network Rail has taken over Guildford and Clapham Junction stations in order to support the major upgrades planned for both structures as part of its wide-reaching Railway Upgrade Plan. Guildford station has had a £150m redevelopment appr...

Virgin unveils new Newark Northgate forecourt as part of £1.2m scheme

Virgin unveils new Newark Northgate forecourt as part of £1.2m scheme

10.04.18: Virgin Trains has unveiled Newark Northgate’s new forecourt, representing the latest stage of a £1.2m station improvement project. The train operator has delivered a series of upgrades to the station, improving access and easing con...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by ... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

22/02/2019Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

Eurostar queues of up to 15,000 passengers could mount up at London’s St Pancras International station in the event of a no-deal Brexit, ac... more >
New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

21/02/2019New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in the role. Bringing m... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >