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Rail industry launches survey to revolutionise ‘outdated’ fares and ticketing system

Rail industry launches survey to revolutionise ‘outdated’ fares and ticketing system

04.06.18: In a new partnership, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) and Transport Focus will begin a three-month public consultation into rail fares find out what passengers want to see from an “up to date, easier fare ticketing system,” effectively...

Passenger Railway Challenge launched by Campaign for Better Transport

Passenger Railway Challenge launched by Campaign for Better Transport

24.05.18: A new campaign has been launched to improve the country’s railways. The Passenger Railway Challenge, launched by the Campaign for Better Transport, aims to get the best parts of the railway introduced across the entire network. It will...

Campaigners ask Grayling for dedicated rail reopenings fund

Campaigners ask Grayling for dedicated rail reopenings fund

14.05.18: Transport secretary Chris Grayling will receive a letter today urging him to him to introduce a new fund to pay for the opening of additional railway lines and stations. The letter, signed by over 4,000 people, calls on Grayling to establish a...

Rail industry to seek national ideas for ‘root and branch’ fares reform in June

Rail industry to seek national ideas for ‘root and branch’ fares reform in June

08.05.18: The rail industry will move ahead with “root and branch” reform of rail fare regulation by launching a public consultation on 4 June spanning the whole country in order to establish a roadmap for change, it has been announced. I...

A chance to rebuild trust

A chance to rebuild trust

01.05.18: The rail industry has a major trust problem, with passengers finding it difficult to navigate compensation claims after they suffer through delays and unreliable services. But Alex Hayman, Which? managing director of public markets, says smart t...

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...

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GTR boss to resign, citing "huge frustration" from passengers

15/06/2018GTR boss to resign, citing "huge frustration" from passengers

The chief executive of struggling operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will resign. Charles Horton, the boss of GTR which runs Thameslink... more >
New Tube trains on the way with new Siemens contract from TfL

15/06/2018New Tube trains on the way with new Siemens contract from TfL

TfL has awarded Siemens Mobility Limited a contract of around £1.5bn to design and build 94 new generation Tube trains today. More tha... more >
Compensation schemes are ‘not optional’, Grayling warns TOCs

15/06/2018Compensation schemes are ‘not optional’, Grayling warns TOCs

Transport secretary Chris Grayling expects passengers to be promptly compensated when they experience delays, he has told train operating companies... 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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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... 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 >