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Lower prices could lure 40% of non-rail users into trains, study finds

Lower prices could lure 40% of non-rail users into trains, study finds

19.04.18: Trains are too expensive, according to those who prefer to travel by other means. According to a report, ‘Tomorrow’s passengers: understanding how to make rail travel more attractive to infrequent and non-users’, published by...

Organisation launched to represent northern rail industry

Organisation launched to represent northern rail industry

18.04.18: The launch of a new organisation representing the northern rail industry has been announced. Northern Rail Industry Leaders (NRIL) says that it will aim to deliver the skills, innovation and talent required for the north’s ambitious trans...

‘Honest’ fare-dodgers allowed to appeal penalty fares under new rule

‘Honest’ fare-dodgers allowed to appeal penalty fares under new rule

06.04.18: Penalty fare rules for rail passengers have been altered to offer better protection to those who make honest mistakes, rail minister Jo Johnson has announced. With that, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has published new best practice gui...

ORR: ‘More to be done’ to ensure passengers get best ticket for journey

ORR: ‘More to be done’ to ensure passengers get best ticket for journey

28.03.18: New easier to use machines and clearer language have helped more passengers buy the right ticket for their journey from station vending machines, according to research by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). Mystery shopping research revealed tha...

Scottish ministers reveal new 10-year rail investment strategy

Scottish ministers reveal new 10-year rail investment strategy

20.03.18: Scotland’s national transport body has revealed its new decade-long rail investment strategy today, signalling a move towards a “pipeline-based approach” to funding new projects. Transport Scotland’s Rail Enhancement...

‘Millennial railcard’ website crashes due to ‘unprecedented’ demand

‘Millennial railcard’ website crashes due to ‘unprecedented’ demand

14.03.18: The website selling “millennial railcards” crashed as the new cards went on sale yesterday. Passengers aged 26-30 were supposed to be able to buy the railcards, giving a third off most rail fares in Britain, for the first time as pa...

A whole-journey approach

A whole-journey approach

27.02.18: Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, argues the government must take action on what passengers most want to see improved across the network: value for money. ‘Connecting people: a strategic vision...

There is still much more to do: avoiding the boom and bust in CP6

There is still much more to do: avoiding the boom and bust in CP6

30.01.18: Reflecting on the triumphs of the past year, Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), assesses what the government needs to do to ensure the rail industry avoids a potential ‘boom and bust’ scenario w...

RIA agrees deal to work more closely with supply chain in East Midlands

RIA agrees deal to work more closely with supply chain in East Midlands

29.01.18: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) and Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) detailing how the two organisations will work more closely together in the future. The MoU details how the two bodies wil...

Forward look: 2018, CP6 and its context

Forward look: 2018, CP6 and its context

26.01.18: Neil Robertson, chief executive of the National Skills Academy for Rail, makes three key predictions on what’s next for the rail industry in 2018. It’s the time of year for looking forwards (hopefully positively), and I’ve...

A public and private sector partnership

A public and private sector partnership

23.01.18: Paul Plummer, chief executive of Rail Delivery Group, explores the ways in which the rail industry is changing and evolving in order to bring its long-term improvement plan to life. It would be fair to say that the rail industry is involved...

Critics slam ‘staggering’ 3.4% rail fare hike as it comes into force

Critics slam ‘staggering’ 3.4% rail fare hike as it comes into force

02.01.18: Railway stations across England have become the backdrop to protests today as the highest rail fare increase in five years comes into force. The 3.4% raise, announced last year, has prompted anger from unions and the Opposition, which descr...

UTG warns of unfair cost allocation to regional services

UTG warns of unfair cost allocation to regional services

18.12.17: The Urban Transport Group has called on the Office of Rail and Road for a fairer allocation of costs to regional rail services. In a letter to ORR’s chief executive, Ben Still, lead board member on rail issues for the Urban Transport Grou...

DfT confirms it will not implement overcrowding limits on busy services

DfT confirms it will not implement overcrowding limits on busy services

13.12.17: Rail minister Paul Maynard has confirmed that the government will not be introducing a maximum passenger limit for overcrowded trains. Answering a written question from MP Sharon Hodgson, Maynard said passengers prized the flexibility of th...

Companies ‘misleading passengers’ by selling tickets for cancelled Christmas services

Companies ‘misleading passengers’ by selling tickets for cancelled Christmas services

13.12.17: Industry watchdog Transport Focus says train companies are misleading their passengers by allowing them to buy tickets for trains that will not run over Christmas. Following an investigation, the organisation said that some sections of the...

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Half of London Tube and train journeys made with contactless

25/04/2018Half of London Tube and train journeys made with contactless

Half of all Tube and rail pay as you go journeys are regularly made using contactless payment or mobile devices, the latest figures from TfL have r... more >
High-speed handbacks could save NR £250,000 a week

25/04/2018High-speed handbacks could save NR £250,000 a week

New approaches to engineering could potentially save £250,000 a week by allowing trains to run at higher speeds once work is complete, Networ... more >
Government must commit to investment in rail freight connections to ports

25/04/2018Government must commit to investment in rail freight connections to ports

Better connections between English ports could boost the nation’s economy, a new study has shown. The study of England’s port connec... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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UKRIA 2018 Apology & Statement

04/04/2018UKRIA 2018 Apology & Statement

It is with deep regret that I address the disappointing content in both of our live acts at UKRIA on Thursday 22nd March 2018 and offer my most s... more >
Smart ticketing: The way ahead

13/03/2018Smart ticketing: The way ahead

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), runs through the nationwide progress in rolling out ... more >
A benchmark year for HS2

13/03/2018A benchmark year for HS2

Jim Crawford, managing director of Phase 1 at HS2 Ltd, discusses the many critical activities set to take place this year as the mammoth high-spe... more >
The north has a plan

13/03/2018The north has a plan

There has always been an incredible thirst for change in the north. Now, there is finally a plan robust and forward-thinking enough to make it ha... 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 >