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DfT statement on South Western Railway

DfT statement on South Western Railway

22.01.20: The Department for Transport (DfT) has today (Jan 22) announced an update on South Western Railway, outlining precautionary measures to ensure the continuation of services. Transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has released a written statement...

Abellio ScotRail contract comes to an early end

Abellio ScotRail contract comes to an early end

18.12.19: Today (Dec 18th) saw confirmation from Transport Secretary Michael Matheson that the Abellio ScotRail contract will come to an earlier end than planned. Currently the franchise contract requires Scottish Ministers and Abellio to revisit the...

RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

09.12.19: As the second week of South Western Railway’s safety strike commences, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has set out a 6-point strategy to a settlement. The plan which was meant to be put forward at rene...

Rail Delivery Group responds to 2020 rail fares proposal

Rail Delivery Group responds to 2020 rail fares proposal

02.12.19: Saturday (30 Nov) saw the rail fares for 2020 published and an expected rise of an average of 2.7% in price in the coming year, with some staying the same and some reducing. Despite the expected average increase, this is the third year in a...

Contactless payments now at three Hertfordshire stations

Contactless payments now at three Hertfordshire stations

26.11.19: Govia Thameslink Railway are set to welcome contactless payments at three stations, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and Welham Green. The pay as go system generally offers the cheapest single fares towards London by customers simply touching t...

Metrolink contactless payment system hits millionth journey

Metrolink contactless payment system hits millionth journey

20.11.19: Transport for Greater Manchester announced today (20th Nov) that at the weekend Metrolink’s contactless payment system hit the million-journey mark. The contactless payment method was brought in on the 15th of July this year and this...

Merseyrail announces smoking will be banned at all stations

Merseyrail announces smoking will be banned at all stations

18.11.19: From the 1st of December passengers will not be allowed to smoke in any public areas of Merseyrail stations or platforms with the exception of car parks. The announcement comes off the back of the national campaign Stoptober, and is part of...

Northern Rail could be renationalised, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps

Northern Rail could be renationalised, according to transport secretary Grant Shapps

16.10.19: The government is considering renationalising Northern Rail due to repeated poor performance. Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said he has issued a “request for proposals” from the train operator and the Operator of Last Res...

Boris Johnson to reform current rail franchising model

Boris Johnson to reform current rail franchising model

14.10.19: Boris Johnson to scraprail franchise system in favour of reformed model The UK’s rail franchising model is to be overhauled and proposals for railway reform brought forward, the Government has announced in today’s Queens Speech....

Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

19.07.19: A review of the Rail North Partnership, headed by Leeds Council leader cllr Judith Blake and rail minister Andrew Jones, has set out recommendations following the timetabling crisis last summer. The report focuses on internal management and...

'Midlands time is now' speech brings TransCityRail audience to their feet

'Midlands time is now' speech brings TransCityRail audience to their feet

18.07.19: This month marks a turning point for the Midlands, today we all here in the Midlands so we can work together and thrive together,” declared Maria Machancoses in a rousing delivery to rail executives from all over the UK. The final spe...

TransCityRail: Next stop the Midlands

TransCityRail: Next stop the Midlands

18.07.19: Unprecedented change and investment is coming to the Midlands, according to a number of high-profile rail leaders speaking at today’s first ever TCR Midlands conference in Birmingham today. With representatives from the West Midlands...

Maria Machancoses: TCR Midlands drives new way of collaboration

Maria Machancoses: TCR Midlands drives new way of collaboration

18.07.19: Leading sector figure Maria Machancoses has described the inaugural TransCityRail Midlands conference in Birmingham as a fresh way to “drive a new way of collaboration and new way of thinking.” The director of Midlands Connect e...

Campaign for Windsor Link Railway to be revived

Campaign for Windsor Link Railway to be revived

17.07.19: A campaign for a rail link between Windsor and Heathrow Airport is to be revived, after the scheme was turned down by the Department for Transport (DfT) in 2017. The Windsor Link Railway (WLR), laid out in several phases, proposes a rail li...

Rail leaders respond as HS2 vote passes

Rail leaders respond as HS2 vote passes

16.07.19: Members of Parliament have pushed phase 2a of HS2 through the House of Commons with 263 votes in favour to only 17 against. The Phase 2a High Speed Rail (West Midlands - Crewe) Bill, if passed through the House of Lords, will give the...

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HS2 progress report released

24/01/2020HS2 progress report released

Today (Jan 24) the latest update on the rail project High Speed Two was released by the National Audit Service. The report says The Departme... more >
Transform a Pacer competition winners announced

23/01/2020Transform a Pacer competition winners announced

Aired on television last night (Jan 22) the lucky winners of the Transform a Pacer competition were announced. The competition means that after 3... more >
Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

23/01/2020Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20 David Clarke, Technical Director, Railway Industry Association talks us through the ways innovation can be used to... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >