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More international operators seek to win UK rail franchises

More international operators seek to win UK rail franchises

15.12.15: The Department for Transport (DfT) has chosen the first 11 operators that have been successful in their pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) passport application – the government’s new approach to rail franchising. Trenitalia...

Planned rail engineering work: The passenger perspective

04.12.15: David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, on the importance of considering the passenger perspective during rail engineering work. Before the Christmas shut-down, we talked to rail industry partners about our recent work on p...

Network Rail budget to be topped up by hundreds of millions

Network Rail budget to be topped up by hundreds of millions

25.11.15: Network Rail’s £38bn cash pot will be topped up by hundreds of millions of pounds to ensure it can carry out the majority of its CP5 plan, the chancellor is expected to announce today (25 November). The extra funding, part of th...

DfT unveils more details of Passport PQQ and pushes West Coast competition back six months

DfT unveils more details of Passport PQQ and pushes West Coast competition back six months

24.11.15: The Department for Transport has invited operators to apply for its new ‘Passport system’ designed to streamline the competition process for franchises expiring during this Parliament. The DfT’s Rail Executive hopes the ne...

Two-day rail trip inspires industry solutions for DfT  

Two-day rail trip inspires industry solutions for DfT  

23.11.15: More than 100 ‘hackers’ travelled up and down the country’s rail network over the weekend looking for cost-effective solutions to industry challenges ahead of presenting ideas to the rail minister next month. The 48-hour &...

Privatising one NR route could raise money if £38.5bn ‘not enough’ for CP5

Privatising one NR route could raise money if £38.5bn ‘not enough’ for CP5

18.11.15: Network Rail will not be able to get by with its £38.5bn budget for this control period unless it leverages in private sector money, the head of Northern Rail has suggested, as other rail leaders consider the “interesting opportuniti...

Rail leaders predict flood of private cash into transport network

Rail leaders predict flood of private cash into transport network

18.11.15: Rail industry leaders have predicted a flood of private sector money into Britain’s transport programmes, both within and outside of Network Rail’s scope. Speaking at RTM’s TransCity Rail North event, senior figures at HS2...

TfN will unlock major opportunities across city regions – Lord Adonis

TfN will unlock major opportunities across city regions – Lord Adonis

13.11.15: The work of the budding Transport for the North (TfN) body will bring transformational change by making the sum of the northern city regions more than their parts, Lord Andrew Adonis said at TransCity Rail North yesterday (12 November). The...

North Wales devolved rail body to tackle electrification

North Wales devolved rail body to tackle electrification

12.11.15: Welsh leaders attending a rail summit today (12 November) in Llandudno are set to refine and agree to details of a major new body designed to drive forward rail modernisation in North Wales. The summit, attended by rail minister Claire Perr...

Full privatisation remains an option for Network Rail – Shaw report

Full privatisation remains an option for Network Rail – Shaw report

12.11.15: Network Rail could be fully privatised, or kept as a public sector body with concessions to private companies, as a result of recommendations from HS1 boss Nicola Shaw in her initial review of the infrastructure body. The Shaw report &ndash...

Regional transport bodies offered same legal powers as TfN

Regional transport bodies offered same legal powers as TfN

11.11.15: Plans to put Transport for the North (TfN) and other regional transport bodies on a statutory footing have taken a major step forward today (11 November) with the publication of proposals in Parliament. Chancellor George Osborne had noted i...

DfT signs up to 30% day-to-day cuts by 2020

DfT signs up to 30% day-to-day cuts by 2020

09.11.15: The Department for Transport has agreed to slash day-to-day spending by 8% per year until the end of this Parliament, chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce today (9 November). According to media reports, the DfT is one of the fi...

North east ticketing drive brings smartcards to Tyne and Wear Metro

North east ticketing drive brings smartcards to Tyne and Wear Metro

03.11.15: Tyne and Wear Metro has brought smart ticketing to the north east through a new ‘pay as you go’ card, the first outside London to offer a daily price cap on rail travel. The system is also the first outside the capital to offer...

What passengers really think

What passengers really think

01.11.15: RTM’s new columnist David Sidebottom is passenger director at Transport Focus. He has been with the watchdog since 2006. Before this he spent over 11 years at energywatch, the gas and electricity consumer council. As the passenger dir...

GTR rolls out first phase of network-wide smart ticketing

GTR rolls out first phase of network-wide smart ticketing

01.10.15: The first phase of smart ticketing has been rolled out on Thameslink and Great Northern services, meaning the service now encompasses the entire Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) network. Season tickets that start outside the London Travelcard...

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TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

20/07/2018TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

A landmark collaboration between two of the UK’s biggest regions has been signed to pave the way to improve rail transport between the area... more >
DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

19/07/2018DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

GTR could be at risk of losing control of its franchise as early as this month depending on the outcome of a “hard review” into wheth... more >
Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19/07/2018Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

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... 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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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), talk about four new HS2 research projects which are set to challenge how we design, build and monitor high-speed rail projects. No one doubts that HS2 must provide a platform for innovation, bu... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17/07/2018Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... 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 >