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Burnham: The north needs to move to ‘front of the queue’ for transport investment

Burnham: The north needs to move to ‘front of the queue’ for transport investment

08.10.18: The mayor of Greater Manchester has said that the north of England needs to move to “the front of the queue” for prioritisation of transport investment in order to take advantage of investment in the region. Speaking exclusively...

Progress on East West Rail project will allow building to begin next year

Progress on East West Rail project will allow building to begin next year

08.10.18: Progress on enabling works for the East West Rail (EWR) line are near completion, with the transport secretary arguing the new rail line between Oxford and Cambridge will “transform” travel for passengers. Transport secretary Ch...

Rail standards to stay even in case of ‘no-deal’ Brexit, RSSB confirms

Rail standards to stay even in case of ‘no-deal’ Brexit, RSSB confirms

05.10.18: Regardless of whether the government strikes a Brexit deal or not, the standards and protocols designed to promote safety across all EU railways will remain in place after the UK leaves the European Union, the RSSB has confirmed. The standa...

West Yorkshire to receive share of £840m funding to upgrade key rail connections

West Yorkshire to receive share of £840m funding to upgrade key rail connections

28.09.18: West Yorkshire Combined Authority has secured funding for upgrading connections to eight of its rail stations after Theresa May announced that the authority will receive a share of a £840m transport fund. The Department for Transport...

Northern to launch extended compensation scheme for regular travellers

Northern to launch extended compensation scheme for regular travellers

24.09.18: Northern has launched an extended compensation scheme to include regular travellers who don’t hold season tickets following the major disruption passengers had to endure in the summer. Transport for the North (TfN) has been working wi...

Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

20.09.18: The Transport Committee has urged the DfT to “be more specific about the economic rebalancing effects it intends to achieve” in regards to regions of the UK – such as the north east and south west ...

Major 2019 rail review led by BA boss will ‘leave no stone unturned’

Major 2019 rail review led by BA boss will ‘leave no stone unturned’

20.09.18: In response to the May timetable disruptions and longstanding concerns over what has been repeatedly branded a “broken” franchising system, the government has decided to formally launch a comprehensive review of the rail industry in...

DfT refuses to revisit scrapped electrification: ‘We will remain agnostic on solutions’

DfT refuses to revisit scrapped electrification: ‘We will remain agnostic on solutions’

19.09.18: Lilian Greenwood, chair of the Transport Committee, has urged Chris Grayling to take her work seriously after receiving what she considered to be a thoroughly disappointing response from the government to an in-depth infrastructure investigation...

DfT launches second round of £3.5m rail innovations competition

DfT launches second round of £3.5m rail innovations competition

19.09.18: Innovative ideas that transform experiences for rail passengers could receive a slice from a new £3.5m funding pot as part of a new government announcement made today. Rail minister Jo Johnson announced the First of a Kind competition...

TfN appoints single leader to oversee both infrastructure and operations in the north

TfN appoints single leader to oversee both infrastructure and operations in the north

18.09.18: Transport for the North (TfN) has announced that Richard George has been appointed by government to oversee both infrastructure and train operations in the region. George, who has extensive rail industry experience, will liaise with TfN in...

£700,000 spent with consultancy firm over Police Scotland and BTP merger

£700,000 spent with consultancy firm over Police Scotland and BTP merger

11.09.18: Nearly £700,000 has been spent by Police Scotland with a private consultancy firm as part of the controversial plans to merge the British Transport Police (BTP) in Scotland with its national force. However, the proposed plans— w...

Go-Ahead blames timetable fiasco on ‘industry failure’ as firm set to pay out millions

Go-Ahead blames timetable fiasco on ‘industry failure’ as firm set to pay out millions

06.09.18: The operator of Southern and Thameslink has revealed it expects to pay out “millions” in compensation to passengers affected by its May timetable chaos. The Go-Ahead Group said it is contacting tens of thousands of affected cust...

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

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

15.08.18: Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected 3.5%. This increase is less than the 3.6% rise introduced this January, which was the steepest in five years, but has s...

Deliver NPR by 2032 and invest £100bn in northern transport by 2050, MPs demand

Deliver NPR by 2032 and invest £100bn in northern transport by 2050, MPs demand

02.08.18: A cross-party group of MPs have written to the chancellor calling for £100bn of investment to transform the north of England’s transport by 2050. The letter welcomed the Treasury’s “ongoing commitment to deal with th...

Most overcrowded services revealed as passenger numbers plummet

Most overcrowded services revealed as passenger numbers plummet

24.07.18: The most overcrowded train services in England and Wales have been revealed by the DfT today. Services running to and from London were by far the most crowded in the country: nine out of 10 of the most overcrowded services in spring 2017 we...

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Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

12/10/2018Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

Rail commuters could continue to face disruption until major changes are made to the rail franchising system in 2020, following the transport sec... more >
£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

12/10/2018£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

Work to upgrade the route between Doncaster and northern Lincolnshire has begun as Network Rail invests more than £15m in rail freight in t... more >
How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

12/10/2018How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

The managing director for Crossrail 2 has outlined the plans for cutting costs for Crossrail 2, stating that TfL “need to make it more affo... 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 >