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Calls from England and Wales to restore Beeching lines

Calls from England and Wales to restore Beeching lines

30 June 2020Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, has today (June 30) announced fifty bids have been received from across England and Wales to build or reopen lines and stations closed by British Rail chief Dr Richard Beeching from 1963, with the potential to l...

£46m depot unveiled in Wigan

£46m depot unveiled in Wigan

10 February 2020Officially opened on Friday (Feb 7th) the new £46m state-of-the-art train depot in Wigan has been built by Network Rail alongside Arriva Rail North. The depot will provide a home for many of Northern’s new trains that will be cleaned...

Transport for the South East welcomes new partners

Transport for the South East welcomes new partners

10 February 2020Network Rail, Highways England and Transport for London (TfL) have agreed to join the board for Transport for the South East, whilst working together with civic and business leaders representing more than 7.5m people and 300,000 businesses to form...

Government action on poor West Midlands Trains

Government action on poor West Midlands Trains

10 February 2020Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps has today (Feb 9th) called for West Midlands Trains to invest an extra £20m on improving services for passengers after consistent poor services. The funding is set to help passengers across the West Midland...

Birmingham Eastside Metro extension set for approval

Birmingham Eastside Metro extension set for approval

07 February 2020The next development to the West Midlands Metro network is set to be given the go ahead by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) next week. When the extension from Birmingham Eastside is complete the line will run from the current Metro lin...

DfT statement on South Western Railway

DfT statement on South Western Railway

22 January 2020The 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 highl...

Abellio ScotRail contract comes to an early end

Abellio ScotRail contract comes to an early end

18 December 2019Today (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 level...

RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

09 December 2019As 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 renewed AC...

Rail Delivery Group responds to 2020 rail fares proposal

Rail Delivery Group responds to 2020 rail fares proposal

02 December 2019Saturday (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 row t...

Contactless payments now at three Hertfordshire stations

Contactless payments now at three Hertfordshire stations

26 November 2019Govia 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 their c...

Metrolink contactless payment system hits millionth journey

Metrolink contactless payment system hits millionth journey

20 November 2019Transport 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 milest...

Merseyrail announces smoking will be banned at all stations

Merseyrail announces smoking will be banned at all stations

18 November 2019From 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 Merse...

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

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

16 October 2019The train operator Northern could be set to be renationalised due to concerns over repeated poor performance and late-running services, the transport secretary Grant Shapps has said today. Speaking at an Oral Evidence Session for the Government&r...

Boris Johnson to reform current rail franchising model

Boris Johnson to reform current rail franchising model

14 October 2019The 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. At the State Opening of Parliament, the Government revealed that it wants to...

Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

19 July 2019A review of the Rail North Partnership, headed by York 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 ensurin...

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West Midlands Interchange to boost local economy

07/07/2020West Midlands Interchange to boost local economy

The new Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI), titled the West Midlands Interchange (WMI), located in South Staffordshire, is set to become a... more >
HS2 eastern leg could create up to 150,000 jobs

07/07/2020HS2 eastern leg could create up to 150,000 jobs

Leaders in the North and the Midlands are calling for HS2 work to be brought forward as new research shows the eastern leg of the line could crea... more >
New bridge in progress at Eridge station

07/07/2020New bridge in progress at Eridge station

Work to remove and rebuild a footbridge at Eridge station in East Sussex took place over the weekend. In order to keep those safe who use th... 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 >