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Hammond pledges £250m to West Midlands transport in second devo deal

Hammond pledges £250m to West Midlands transport in second devo deal

23.11.17: A new devolution deal has secured £250m of funding for the West Midlands transport infrastructure. The deal between the government and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) will see funds made available for the extension of the Midl...

Government to extend railcard travel to 25-30-year-olds

Government to extend railcard travel to 25-30-year-olds

21.11.17: Chancellor Philip Hammond will announce an extension of the 16-25 railcard to cover people up to 30 years old. The plan is set to be revealed at Wednesday’s Autumn Budget, after successful trials in East Anglia. It is expected to...

Transforming Cities Fund to provide additional £1.7bn in city transport funding

Transforming Cities Fund to provide additional £1.7bn in city transport funding

20.11.17: The government has today announced that it will release £1.7bn of extra transport funding for cities ahead of Wednesday’s Budget. Prime minister Theresa May made the announcement, which includes £250m specifically for the...

What price loyalty?

What price loyalty?

17.11.17: Richard Freeston-Clough of London TravelWatch recommends the steps the rail industry must take to act on some of the worrying findings from research into annual season tickets. Every year, over one million commuters living in and around Lon...

Khan urges national fare freeze as TfL tickets to stay the same in 2018

Khan urges national fare freeze as TfL tickets to stay the same in 2018

17.11.17: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today confirmed that fares set by TfL will once again be frozen in 2018 and questioned the government’s failure to follow suit in this policy. The policy means that every passenger buying tram tickets or...

DfT pledges ‘a million inspiring experiences’ during 2018 Year of Engineering

DfT pledges ‘a million inspiring experiences’ during 2018 Year of Engineering

16.11.17: The DfT has pledged to work alongside industry partners and MPs to offer young people “a million direct and inspiring experiences of engineering” in an effort to tackle the skills gap. Coming as part of the 2018 Year of Engineering...

MPs ask for views on CP6 funding structures by December

MPs ask for views on CP6 funding structures by December

14.11.17: The Transport Select Committee is today launching an inquiry into Britain’s rail infrastructure, focusing on Network Rail’s use of public investment. This inquiry comes on the back of transport secretary Chris Grayling announcin...

Government launches £3.5m competition to drive innovations in rail

Government launches £3.5m competition to drive innovations in rail

01.11.17: The Department for Transport has launched a competition to inject £3.5m into innovative ideas to transform rail. The First of a Kind (FOAK) competition is searching for existing innovations which may be in use outside of the rail industry...

RDG launches ‘single plan’ for railway with unions, operators and businesses

RDG launches ‘single plan’ for railway with unions, operators and businesses

30.10.17: Almost £85bn of additional economic benefits are hoped to be secured by a landmark collaboration between unions, TOCs and freight operators, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has today stated. The figure is on top of the £31bn of econo...

Yousaf urges DfT to begin urgent and serious talks on ‘unfair’ CP6 deal

Yousaf urges DfT to begin urgent and serious talks on ‘unfair’ CP6 deal

16.10.17: The DfT has defended its CP6 allocation to Scotland’s railways, arguing that the country will receive £600m more than it did in the previous control period – but the Scottish transport minister is adamant that the deal falls sh...

DfT looks at full smart ticketing roll-out by 2018 with £80m boost

DfT looks at full smart ticketing roll-out by 2018 with £80m boost

09.10.17: The government has set out details of an £80m programme to introduce smart ticketing across England and Wales by the end of 2018. The investment will go towards ensuring that all passengers have the choice of travelling without a pape...

ORR invites views on TOC access charges reform

ORR invites views on TOC access charges reform

29.09.17: The Office of Road and Rail (ORR) has released details about the consultation into the charges that operators pay to access the rail network as part of Network Rail’s 2018 periodic review. Access charges play an important role in infl...

De-politicise rail control period funding, Labour tells RIA

De-politicise rail control period funding, Labour tells RIA

27.09.17: Andy McDonald, the shadow transport secretary, has told the Railway Industry Association (RIA) that rail project funding should be ‘de-politicised’. Speaking in an interview at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton, he said th...

Strategy developed to drive forward rail devolution agenda

Strategy developed to drive forward rail devolution agenda

21.09.17: A strategy has been set out by urban transport authorities that explains how government and transport bodies should work together to deliver integrated transport networks for passengers. Publishing its report ‘Policy futures for urban...

Virgin launches app to allow customers to bid for cheap First Class upgrades

Virgin launches app to allow customers to bid for cheap First Class upgrades

20.09.17: Virgin Trains has launched a world first app that allows passengers to bid for First Class upgrades for as low as £5. The app, Seatfrog, will let passengers bid for First Class upgrades up to 30 minutes before departure, and could ope...

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Battered stretch of West Coast main line gets £4m repairs after landslide

23/11/2017Battered stretch of West Coast main line gets £4m repairs after landslide

Network Rail have completed £4m worth of work to stabilise embankments after a stretch of line between Watford and King’s Langley suf... more >
Hammond pledges £250m to West Midlands transport in second devo deal

23/11/2017Hammond pledges £250m to West Midlands transport in second devo deal

A new devolution deal has secured £250m of funding for the West Midlands transport infrastructure. The deal between the government and the... more >
NAO: Rail network ‘cannot reliably support’ new Thameslink services

23/11/2017NAO: Rail network ‘cannot reliably support’ new Thameslink services

The current state of the rail network is not fit to support the new Thameslink Programme and will cause future delays and problems. It has b... more >

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21/11/2017Keep up, we’re moving on

There has never been a more exciting time to write about rail: technology is improving, ways of working are changing and pan-industry collaboration is at its peak, all in an effort to keep up with unprecedented levels of demand. I am therefore thrilled to present you my first-ever edition as editor of RTM, which I am confident is bursting at the seams with excellent contributions from leaders across the board. One of the special feature... 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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Eurotunnel rebrand: a more ‘Anglo-Saxon’ name?

21/11/2017Eurotunnel rebrand: a more ‘Anglo-Saxon’ name?

The owners of Eurotunnel have decided to change its name to Getlink, a move which the company described as “very Anglo-Saxon.” Despite the company operating across both England and France it has decided to change its name as it looks to “take on the challenges of new forms of mobility.” Previously called Group... more >
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Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17/11/2017Boosting workforce safety through design automation

David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce t... more >
Rail risk: reality and perception

17/11/2017Rail risk: reality and perception

George Bearfield, director of system safety and health at the RSSB, looks at risk – reality and perception – and how the industry nee... more >
The new era of station retail

17/11/2017The new era of station retail

Hamish Kiernan, commercial director of retail at Network Rail Property, explains how investment in better retail outlets is transforming the cust... more >
Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

17/11/2017Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

Raj Sivalingam, executive director for telecommunications and spectrum at techUK, makes the case for pan-industry collaboration in order to deplo... more >

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Modernising journeys in north east England

09/11/2017Modernising journeys in north east England

First Hull Trains is about to embark on the biggest fleet overhaul it has delivered since being set up in 2000. Managing director Will Dunnett te... more >