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Rail industry proposes ending peak-tickets in ‘radical’ overhaul of rail fares

Rail industry proposes ending peak-tickets in ‘radical’ overhaul of rail fares

18.02.19: Train operators have called for a major reform of the rail fare system which would scrap peak and off-peak ticket pricing and support the rollout of ‘tap-in, tap-out’ travel nationwide. The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) called its p...

Scheme to double train capacity on West Norfolk line awarded funding

Scheme to double train capacity on West Norfolk line awarded funding

15.02.19: The capacity on West Norfolk’s trains is set to double after funding for an extension of trains running between Lynn and Cambridge has been given government approval. Political and business leaders have been calling for eight-coach tr...

Battered Dawlish rail line gets £80m for new protective sea wall

Battered Dawlish rail line gets £80m for new protective sea wall

15.02.19: A new taller sea wall is to be built at Dawlish as the DfT announced that up to £80m is being made available to build it – five years on from the storms which wreaked havoc on the rail line. Around £40m was spent by Networ...

Urgent safety advice calls for louder horns on Edinburgh trams after pedestrian’s death

Urgent safety advice calls for louder horns on Edinburgh trams after pedestrian’s death

15.02.19: The RAIB has issued urgent safety advice calling for louder warning horns to be fitted on Edinburgh’s trams following the death of a pedestrian. Carlos Correa Palacio was struck and fatally injured by a tram travelling from Edinburgh...

New TfW director appointed for north Wales

New TfW director appointed for north Wales

14.02.19: Transport for Wales (TfW) has appointed Lee Robinson as its new development director for north Wales. Robinson will lead the business unit in the north of Wales as it supports the delivery of the new franchise and several major schemes in t...

Select committee to decide on amendments to HS2’s northern Phase 2 plan

Select committee to decide on amendments to HS2’s northern Phase 2 plan

13.02.19: MPs are to vote on amendments to the construction of the second phase of HS2, Phase 2a, to decide whether or not to take forward major changes to layouts and designs of the proposed network. A select committee of MPs will rule on the change...

ScotRail issued second formal warning over performance in two months by Scottish Government

ScotRail issued second formal warning over performance in two months by Scottish Government

13.02.19: Minister have issued ScotRail with its second improvement notice in less than two months after failing to meet contractual targets. Transport Scotland has issued a ‘remedial plan notice’ in recognition that it will be “ext...

Stagecoach secures East Midlands Trains franchise extension with DfT until August

Stagecoach secures East Midlands Trains franchise extension with DfT until August

12.02.19: Stagecoach has reached a new agreement with the DfT to continue running East Midlands Trains for at least another five months. With the current East Midlands Trains franchise due to end at the beginning of March, Stagecoach will now run the...

‘Radical change is needed’: Network Rail reveals major reorganisation centred around devolution

‘Radical change is needed’: Network Rail reveals major reorganisation centred around devolution

12.02.19: Network Rail has announced a major structural reorganisation with devolution and regional responsibility at the front of its new operation model in recognition that “radical change is needed.” The new operating model will be for...

Decision due on Edinburgh tram extension as cost rises to £207m

Decision due on Edinburgh tram extension as cost rises to £207m

12.02.19: The business case for extending Edinburgh’s tram network in a £196m project has entered its final stage, with councillors in the Scottish capital scrutinising the case ahead of a decision next month. Originally estimated to cost...

Proposals for £39bn investment in Northern Powerhouse Rail to be submitted to government

Proposals for £39bn investment in Northern Powerhouse Rail to be submitted to government

08.02.19: A business case for up to £39bn of investment in Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) are to be submitted to the government, marking “the region’s single biggest transport intervention” since the industrial revolution. The...

HS2 land acquisition costs could spiral five times higher than projected

HS2 land acquisition costs could spiral five times higher than projected

07.02.19: The cost of acquiring land and property for Phase 1 of HS2 could be almost five times the original estimation. Forecasts based on freedom of information requests from an anti-HS2 campaign group have revealed that the total land costs could...

DfT consulting on plans to expand pay-as-you-go rail travel nationwide

DfT consulting on plans to expand pay-as-you-go rail travel nationwide

07.02.19: The DfT has launched a consultation into expanding the pay-as-you-go (PAYG) ticketing model currently used in London. Rail minister Andrew Jones had announced a renewed government drive to expand ‘smart ticketing’ nationwide, an...

HS2 unveils construction teams for major Euston and Old Oak Common station builds

HS2 unveils construction teams for major Euston and Old Oak Common station builds

06.02.19: HS2 has revealed the construction teams awarded contracts to deliver the London Euston terminus and the super-hub Old Oak Common station. In deals worth £2.56bn that are expected to bring up to 4,000 jobs to the UK, the construction p...

Siemens-Alstom merger blocked by EU Commission in landmark decision

Siemens-Alstom merger blocked by EU Commission in landmark decision

06.02.19: The EU Commission has officially blocked a merger between Siemens and Alstom, stating that the companies “were not willing to address our serious competition concerns.” Despite months of negotiations and both the French and Germ...

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ScotRail expands new Hitachi electric trains to Glasgow routes

18/02/2019ScotRail expands new Hitachi electric trains to Glasgow routes

ScotRail’s new Hitachi electric trains are to be rolled out across Glasgow as the operator extends its £475m investment into rolling ... more >
40-year-old Pacer trains in East Lancashire gone by end of the year, assures Northern

18/02/201940-year-old Pacer trains in East Lancashire gone by end of the year, assures Northern

Northern has assured passengers that it will replace all of its 40-year-old Pacer trains on the East Lancashire line by the end of year. Con... more >
Rail industry proposes ending peak-tickets in ‘radical’ overhaul of rail fares

18/02/2019Rail industry proposes ending peak-tickets in ‘radical’ overhaul of rail fares

Train operators have called for a major reform of the rail fare system which would scrap peak and off-peak ticket pricing and support the rollout... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >