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‘Urgent action’ needed to deliver part-time season tickets, says CBT

‘Urgent action’ needed to deliver part-time season tickets, says CBT

15.11.16: Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) renewed its calls for part-time season tickets as it backed a week of campaigning for smarter commuting. The pressure group said that current arrangements for season tickets do not help part-time workers...

Maynard refuses to confirm 2023 deadline for Midland Main Line electrification

Maynard refuses to confirm 2023 deadline for Midland Main Line electrification

08.11.16: Rail minister Paul Maynard MP has refused to confirm that the entire Midland Main Line electrification up to Sheffield will be finished by 2023, dodging repeated questions from local MPs at a Commons debate yesterday. Maynard was grilled by...

Khan calls for DfT to freeze London rail fares to avoid 5% price rise

Khan calls for DfT to freeze London rail fares to avoid 5% price rise

07.11.16: Fares on suburban London rail services should be frozen, London mayor Sadiq Khan said as he warned that fares could rise by as much as 5% from January. Rail fares across the UK are expected to increase by 1.9% in January 2017, but a governm...

Are we ready to export rail?

Are we ready to export rail?

07.11.16: RTM’s David Stevenson reflects on the key messages from this year’s Dinner at the Roundhouse. A key message to come out of this year’s Dinner at the Roundhouse was that UK rail needs to be ready to export and broaden its h...

‘Entirely new approach’ to transport as TfN submits statutory body plan

‘Entirely new approach’ to transport as TfN submits statutory body plan

25.10.16: Transport for the North (TfN) is formally seeking permission from the DfT to become the first sub-national transport authority in England. If transport secretary Chris Grayling approves the proposals, submitted on 20 October, they will then...

Campaigners to ‘press for answers’ about new powers to claim refunds

Campaigners to ‘press for answers’ about new powers to claim refunds

04.10.16: Passengers will receive better compensation when train journeys are delayed after new measures came into force on 1 October, but campaigners have The Consumer Rights Act now applies to rail after the government cancelled plans to postpone i...

Government revs Midlands Engine with £12m transport funding promise

Government revs Midlands Engine with £12m transport funding promise

03.10.16: Transport in the Midlands will receive a £12m funding boost from the government, it was announced today. Transport secretary Chris Grayling announced the three-year grant for Midlands Connect, the partnership delivering the transport...

‘Swift’ smart card launch marks first multimodal ticket roll-out outside London

‘Swift’ smart card launch marks first multimodal ticket roll-out outside London

21.09.16: Smart ticketing has reached the West Midlands as the new Swift cards were launched across the rail network yesterday. The Swift cards, already used on the region’s buses and trams, are now operating on London Midland, Virgin, Chiltern...

DfT eyes ‘more generous’ compensation for Southern users

DfT eyes ‘more generous’ compensation for Southern users

13.09.16: Rail minister Paul Maynard said he is “determined” to resolve the issues with Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR’s) beleaguered services alongside transport secretary Chris Grayling, and is expected to make a “timely a...

DfT told to set ‘well evidenced’ and ‘robust’ rail sustainability targets

DfT told to set ‘well evidenced’ and ‘robust’ rail sustainability targets

01.09.16: The DfT must adopt new targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the rail sector, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has said. A National Audit Office report into the DfT’s commitment to sustainability, published in May, s...

Government under fire as rail fares set to rise by 1.9% next year

Government under fire as rail fares set to rise by 1.9% next year

16.08.16: Rail fares have increased at double the speed of wages since 2010, trade unions have warned as the Office of National Statistics (ONS) confirmed next year’s regulated rail fares will go up by 1.9% – significantly above this year&rsqu...

Improvements to ticketing system much needed – Maynard

Improvements to ticketing system much needed – Maynard

26.07.16: The train ticket buying system for passengers needs to be made fairer and more transparent, the new rail minister has said. In his appearance before the Transport Select Committee last week, Paul Maynard said that improving the ticketing sy...

Perry resigns after admitting Southern ‘feels like a failure’

Perry resigns after admitting Southern ‘feels like a failure’

18.07.16: Claire Perry has resigned as the rail minister after telling MPs that she had been considering it over the ‘failure’ of the Southern franchise. Southern was recently forced to cancel 341 services a day in order to try and contro...

Chris Grayling appointed as transport secretary

Chris Grayling appointed as transport secretary

14.07.16: Chris Grayling has replaced Patrick McLoughlin as transport secretary as part of the Cabinet reshuffle. Grayling has previously served as leader of the House of Commons, justice secretary and minister for work and pensions. He will now...

McLoughlin moved to Conservative party chair in Cabinet reshuffle

McLoughlin moved to Conservative party chair in Cabinet reshuffle

14.07.16: Patrick McLoughlin is no longer transport secretary as part of a widespread Cabinet reshuffle on Theresa May’s first day as prime minister. McLoughlin, who has served as transport secretary since 2012, has been moved to the posts of C...

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Network Rail seeks £45m integration partner for ECML digital railway

20/11/2018Network Rail seeks £45m integration partner for ECML digital railway

Network Rail has today launched the search for a private-sector partner to deliver a major digital railway transformation across the East Coast M... more >
ORR launches review into Delay Repay claims companies

20/11/2018ORR launches review into Delay Repay claims companies

The ORR has today launched a review into the role of Delay Repay claims companies in assisting customers with compensation claims when their rail... more >
Greater Anglia installs innovative WSP braking system across rural services

20/11/2018Greater Anglia installs innovative WSP braking system across rural services

Greater Anglia has fitted an innovative new braking system known as Wheel Slide Protection (WSP) to more of the rural trains across its network. ... 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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Crossrail and Crossrail 2: in the public eye

20/11/2018Crossrail and Crossrail 2: in the public eye

Since the shock announcement of the delay to Crossrail in September, taxpayers and decision-makers alike have been anxious to find out the latest updates to the two projects. RTM’s Jack Donnelly headed to Whitehall to report on what their bosses have to say about the schemes. Despite noting the “great frustration” of Lon... more >
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Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >
Maintaining light rail

20/11/2018Maintaining light rail

Dr Adam Bevan, Professor Paul Allen and Professor Jay Jaiswal, of the Institute of Railway Research, take a look at new rail asset management tec... more >
dessan Design in the digital railway

20/11/2018dessan Design in the digital railway

Denise Watkins, business development manager at Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe (HICSE), discusses her organisation’s exciting n... more >
Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >