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Oyster-style ticketing to be rolled out across north ‘in two to three years’

Oyster-style ticketing to be rolled out across north ‘in two to three years’

26.02.16: An Oyster-style ticketing model will start being rolled out across the north in the next two to three years, Transport for the North (TfN) boss David Brown said yesterday at the Northern Powerhouse Conference. But this will only be introduc...

DfT not ruling out any options for Network Rail in Shaw report

DfT not ruling out any options for Network Rail in Shaw report

24.02.16: The Department for Transport has admitted that it is not ruling out any potential recommendations HS1 boss Nicola Shaw could make in her upcoming report into the future of Network Rail. Answering a Parliamentary question from Lord Berkeley...

Capitalising on contactless

Capitalising on contactless

23.02.16: Transport for London’s (TfL’s) director of customer experience, Shashi Verma, discusses the growth of contactless payment in the capital since its introduction.  In 2014, the face of retail changed forever as cashless payme...

Virgin Trains becomes first TOC to offer m-Tickets on all routes

Virgin Trains becomes first TOC to offer m-Tickets on all routes

22.02.16: Virgin Trains has become the first franchised operator to offer mobile tickets across all ticket types and routes along both the east and west coast main lines. From this week, customers will be able to download the barcoded m-Tickets to th...

A look into the ticket gates of the future

A look into the ticket gates of the future

15.02.16: RSSB’s Future Railway programme’s project manager, Geeta Kailla, tells us about their innovative search to improve gate line congestion. In 2014-15 the number of passenger journeys in the UK rose by 4% to 1.66 billion. This stag...

Passengers still want railway staff at stations - research

Passengers still want railway staff at stations - research

05.02.16: Face-to-face interactions with railway staff are crucial for passenger satisfaction, Transport Focus’ latest National Rail Passenger survey has found. The survey shows that 76% of passengers reported satisfaction with the attitude and...

Midlands Connect to explore formal powers with Whitehall

Midlands Connect to explore formal powers with Whitehall

29.01.16: Midlands Connect, the devolved partnership created to boost rail connectivity across the region, is keen to sit down with Whitehall to explore options for making it a statutory body following the government’s royal assent of the Cities and...

TfN sets out power plans as it moves one step closer to statutory footing

TfN sets out power plans as it moves one step closer to statutory footing

28.01.16: Transport for the North (TfN) has moved one step closer to statutory footing after the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill gained royal assent this afternoon. In response, the devolved pan-northern body has outlined its proposals fo...

Every future franchise bid must include smart ticketing – Perry

Every future franchise bid must include smart ticketing – Perry

26.01.16: Every operator that bids to run a rail franchise will have to show plans to offer smart ticketing tailored to customers’ needs, rail minister Claire Perry MP has said. During a speech today at the seventh Transport Ticketing and Passe...

Have your say on Hendy’s plans

Have your say on Hendy’s plans

21.01.16: The government is asking the public for feedback on Sir Peter Hendy’s new timeline for delivering Network Rail’s enhancement projects. Its consultation, launched this week to coincide with Hendy’s Enhancements Delivery Pla...

ORR cornered on delay refunds in Which? super-complaint

ORR cornered on delay refunds in Which? super-complaint

21.12.15: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has 90 days to respond to a Which? ‘super-complaint’ calling for an investigation into rail delay refunds. The consumer organisation is calling for action to make the compensation process easier...

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...

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Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman... more >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed b... more >
Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21/09/2018Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >