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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...

Transforming the Welsh railway

Transforming the Welsh railway

24.07.18: Colin Lea, mobilisation director of rail services at Transport for Wales (TfW), takes a look at the promising future of the refreshed Wales and Borders franchise. TfW, a not-for-profit company owned by the Welsh Government, has developed wh...

Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19.07.18: HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create a parkway station on the high-speed line to serve the South Yorkshire areas as a whole. In a major report released toda...

Rail fares must be simplified if HS2 is to ‘raise the bar’ as promised

Rail fares must be simplified if HS2 is to ‘raise the bar’ as promised

19.07.18: Railway fares must be simplified if HS2 is to bring a step change to the way passengers travel on the network, argued Sir David Higgins. Writing in a major new report, HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman said fares must become simpler and eas...

HS2 will be on par with Japan’s punctual bullet train, with issues ‘designed out of the system’

HS2 will be on par with Japan’s punctual bullet train, with issues ‘designed out of the system’

19.07.18: HS2 Ltd has promised that the mammoth project connecting London to the Midlands and the north will transform the country’s travel in the same way that the world’s first-ever high-speed rail line – Japan’s Tōkaidō Shinkans...

DfT said East Coast bid was ‘low-risk’ despite very ambitious growth targets

DfT said East Coast bid was ‘low-risk’ despite very ambitious growth targets

17.07.18: Stagecoach and Virgin’s original bid for the failed Intercity East Coast franchise was “ambitious” and not fully believed by the DfT to succeed, MPs have been told. Speaking to the Commons Transport Select Committee yester...

Up north: a long-term strategy

Up north: a long-term strategy

17.07.18: Until April, David Hoggarth was director of Rail North. Now, after the amalgamation of Rail North with subnational body Transport for the North (TfN), he is the latter’s strategic rail director. Here, he talks about the importance of a lon...

Timetable chaos: Rail industry ‘lacks courage’ to say no to impossible demands

Timetable chaos: Rail industry ‘lacks courage’ to say no to impossible demands

13.07.18: The rail industry needs to pluck up the courage to say no to others instead of trying to accommodate every single stakeholder demand – and then failing to deliver on these expectations, rail veteran Chris Gibb has said. Gibb, who chai...

Electrification: an investigation

Electrification: an investigation

10.07.18: The Transport Select Committee has been hard at work to get to the root of the DfT’s reasoning behind the decision to cancel electrification plans. Lilian Greenwood, chair of the committee, investigates. Much of our rail network is un...

What about Brexit?

What about Brexit?

10.07.18: Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), dares to investigate the potential impact of Brexit on the UK rail supply sector. Everyone’s talking about Brexit – except the rail supply sector, it seem...

RISQS: Assurance for the industry

RISQS: Assurance for the industry

10.07.18: Paul Ravenscroft, head of supplier assurance communications at RSSB, guides us through the new Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS). The RISQS provides the assurance which enables 110-plus buyers to do business with confid...

Welsh rail: Left in the dark

Welsh rail: Left in the dark

03.07.18: Chair of the Welsh Affairs Committee, David Davies, argues that, in light of cancelled electrification plans, Welsh rail has been left in the dark and has seen little investment compared to the rest of the UK. The cancellation of plans to e...

Stagecoach hit by £85.6m loss after being stripped of East Coast franchise

Stagecoach hit by £85.6m loss after being stripped of East Coast franchise

28.06.18: Stagecoach has revealed a loss of £85.6m after being stripped of the East Coast franchise, which was recently brought under government control. The DfT is now running the franchise as London North Eastern Railway (LNER). The reve...

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Government calls for companies to take part in 5G TransPennine pilot

20/08/2018Government calls for companies to take part in 5G TransPennine pilot

The government is inviting companies to take part in a new 5G project on the TransPennine Railway line between Leeds and Manchester. The Tra... more >
First upgraded ScotRail InterCity train arrives in Scotland, rollout completed by late 2019

20/08/2018First upgraded ScotRail InterCity train arrives in Scotland, rollout completed by late 2019

ScotRail’s first upgraded InterCity train has arrived in Scotland as part of the revamped High Speed Trains (HST) that will connect Scotlan... more >
Hitachi Class 802s to be put in operation following GWR press launch

20/08/2018Hitachi Class 802s to be put in operation following GWR press launch

Train operator Greater Western Railway (GWR) launched its new Hitachi Class 802 range on Friday, holding a media run from Penzance to Exeter to c... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... 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 >