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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...

Relief from supply chain as electrification ‘unpaused’ – but backlash too

Relief from supply chain as electrification ‘unpaused’ – but backlash too

01.10.15: The rail industry supply chain has welcomed the government’s decision to ‘unpause’ Midland Main Line and TransPennine electrification, as reported by RTM yesterday, while making clear the original halt to the works had a profou...

Mobile ticketing scheme extended to West Midlands

Mobile ticketing scheme extended to West Midlands

04.09.15: A new industry scheme to give more people flexible mobile train tickets sent direct to their smartphones has been extended to the West Midlands.  The m-Ticket scheme was first introduced as a trial involving 99 stations in the north we...

Rail fares to rise by 1% in England

Rail fares to rise by 1% in England

18.08.15: Regulated rail fares will rise by 1% from January 2016, in line with the Retail Prices Index (RPI) July inflation figure, released today (18 August). The price increase will be the same as the RPI figure after the government announced inten...

Unions protest ‘rocketing’ rail fares

Unions protest ‘rocketing’ rail fares

18.08.15: Rail unions are protesting today (18 August) in stations across the UK in response to claims by TUC that rail fares have risen nearly three times faster than wages over the last five years. Their analysis found that fares increased by 25% w...

Burnham: ‘The time has come to renationalise our railways’

Burnham: ‘The time has come to renationalise our railways’

06.08.15: The railways will eventually be brought back under public control and ownership if Andy Burnham gets the chance to implement his plans as Labour leader – but very slowly. The MP for Leigh is the frontrunner in the betting markets to b...

Southeastern to implement smart ticketing

Southeastern to implement smart ticketing

29.07.15: Southeastern passengers in Kent and parts of East Sussex will benefit from new smart ticketing as part of a deal with the DfT. The upgrade is part of a £5.5m plan to modernise ticketing systems as an alternative to paper tickets. Smar...

Osborne unveils £30m funding for Transport for the North

Osborne unveils £30m funding for Transport for the North

08.07.15: George Osborne has announced that £30m of funding is to be provided to Transport for the North (TfN), as part of building the government’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’.  The funding, which will be provided over three y...

Director general of Rail Executive leaves for Defra

Director general of Rail Executive leaves for Defra

02.07.15: Clare Moriarty is to leave her role as director general of the Rail Executive at the Department for Transport to take over as permanent secretary at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). The current Defra permane...

Midland Main Line electrification 'paused'

Midland Main Line electrification 'paused'

25.06.15: The government has confirmed that work on Midland Main Line electrification "will be paused" to allow struggling Network Rail to focus on the Great Western, which it calls the "top priority". In a statement to the Commons, transport secreta...

Drones could be used to boost mobile network coverage on trains

Drones could be used to boost mobile network coverage on trains

11.06.15: The government is exploring plans for unmanned drones to follow trains around the country as part of a consultation on improving network coverage on-board. Drones are one of extreme potential solutions to the problem of poor coverage. Other...

Ordsall Chord being challenged in High Court

Ordsall Chord being challenged in High Court

27.05.15: The much-delayed Ordsall Chord may be delayed yet again as RTM can confirm another legal challenge has been launched against the scheme. Permission was finally granted for the project at the end of March when the transport secretary issued...

DfT denies reports that it wants to break up Network Rail

DfT denies reports that it wants to break up Network Rail

26.05.15: The Department for Transport has denied reports that it plans to break up Network Rail, sell off its telecoms and power supply functions and outsource management of its stations. According to a report in the Independent, which quotes unname...

Who’s who at the DfT

Who’s who at the DfT

22.05.15: The new ministerial team at the Department for Transport has been named, and responsibilities finalised, so who is doing what? RTM has the answer. Patrick McLoughlin - Secretary of State for Transport The Secretary of State has overall...

McLoughlin to stay on as transport secretary

McLoughlin to stay on as transport secretary

11.05.15: Patrick McLoughlin is to stay on as transport secretary, the prime minister has announced. McLoughlin was originally appointed to the post in 2012 Cabinet reshuffle, and is the longest-serving transport secretary since Alistair Darling (200...

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Bid to reopen Bristol line rejected by DfT

18/05/2018Bid to reopen Bristol line rejected by DfT

Proposals to fund the re-opening of a Somerset rail line have been halted by the government’s refusal to finance the plans. As part of... more >
Welsh trains £200k makeover set to start

18/05/2018Welsh trains £200k makeover set to start

Work begins today on an 18-month programme to modernise fleets of Welsh trains. A £200,000 investment from Arriva Trains Wales (ATW), ... more >
Every single service affected by major GTR timetable shakeup

18/05/2018Every single service affected by major GTR timetable shakeup

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will change the times of every single service as part of its Rail Plan 20/20 programme. In order to run an additi... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >
Gordon Wakeford: The rail industrial revolution

18/05/2018Gordon Wakeford: The rail industrial revolution

Gordon Wakeford, managing director of the Siemens Mobility Division, explains how the company plans to make Yorkshire the base for the new U... more >
A year of change for the north

18/05/2018A year of change for the north

Achieving statutory status represents a landmark moment for northern transport and will have an enormous impact on what be achieved over the comi... more >
Make way for the D-Train

15/05/2018Make way for the D-Train

Adrian Shooter, chairman of Vivarail and former chairman of Chiltern Railways, provides an exclusive update on D-Train technology and talks about... 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 >