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West Yorkshire to receive share of £840m funding to upgrade key rail connections

West Yorkshire to receive share of £840m funding to upgrade key rail connections

28.09.18: West Yorkshire Combined Authority has secured funding for upgrading connections to eight of its rail stations after Theresa May announced that the authority will receive a share of a £840m transport fund. The Department for Transport...

Northern to launch extended compensation scheme for regular travellers

Northern to launch extended compensation scheme for regular travellers

24.09.18: Northern has launched an extended compensation scheme to include regular travellers who don’t hold season tickets following the major disruption passengers had to endure in the summer. Transport for the North (TfN) has been working wi...

Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

20.09.18: The Transport Committee has urged the DfT to “be more specific about the economic rebalancing effects it intends to achieve” in regards to regions of the UK – such as the north east and south west ...

Major 2019 rail review led by BA boss will ‘leave no stone unturned’

Major 2019 rail review led by BA boss will ‘leave no stone unturned’

20.09.18: In response to the May timetable disruptions and longstanding concerns over what has been repeatedly branded a “broken” franchising system, the government has decided to formally launch a comprehensive review of the rail industry in...

DfT refuses to revisit scrapped electrification: ‘We will remain agnostic on solutions’

DfT refuses to revisit scrapped electrification: ‘We will remain agnostic on solutions’

19.09.18: Lilian Greenwood, chair of the Transport Committee, has urged Chris Grayling to take her work seriously after receiving what she considered to be a thoroughly disappointing response from the government to an in-depth infrastructure investigation...

DfT launches second round of £3.5m rail innovations competition

DfT launches second round of £3.5m rail innovations competition

19.09.18: Innovative ideas that transform experiences for rail passengers could receive a slice from a new £3.5m funding pot as part of a new government announcement made today. Rail minister Jo Johnson announced the First of a Kind competition...

TfN appoints single leader to oversee both infrastructure and operations in the north

TfN appoints single leader to oversee both infrastructure and operations in the north

18.09.18: Transport for the North (TfN) has announced that Richard George has been appointed by government to oversee both infrastructure and train operations in the region. George, who has extensive rail industry experience, will liaise with TfN in...

£700,000 spent with consultancy firm over Police Scotland and BTP merger

£700,000 spent with consultancy firm over Police Scotland and BTP merger

11.09.18: Nearly £700,000 has been spent by Police Scotland with a private consultancy firm as part of the controversial plans to merge the British Transport Police (BTP) in Scotland with its national force. However, the proposed plans— w...

Go-Ahead blames timetable fiasco on ‘industry failure’ as firm set to pay out millions

Go-Ahead blames timetable fiasco on ‘industry failure’ as firm set to pay out millions

06.09.18: The operator of Southern and Thameslink has revealed it expects to pay out “millions” in compensation to passengers affected by its May timetable chaos. The Go-Ahead Group said it is contacting tens of thousands of affected cust...

Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15.08.18: Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected 3.5%. This increase is less than the 3.6% rise introduced this January, which was the steepest in five years, but has s...

Deliver NPR by 2032 and invest £100bn in northern transport by 2050, MPs demand

Deliver NPR by 2032 and invest £100bn in northern transport by 2050, MPs demand

02.08.18: A cross-party group of MPs have written to the chancellor calling for £100bn of investment to transform the north of England’s transport by 2050. The letter welcomed the Treasury’s “ongoing commitment to deal with th...

Most overcrowded services revealed as passenger numbers plummet

Most overcrowded services revealed as passenger numbers plummet

24.07.18: The most overcrowded train services in England and Wales have been revealed by the DfT today. Services running to and from London were by far the most crowded in the country: nine out of 10 of the most overcrowded services in spring 2017 we...

Transforming the Welsh railway

Transforming the Welsh railway

24.07.18: Colin Lea, mobilisation director of rail services at Transport for Wales (TfW), takes a look at the promising future of the refreshed Wales and Borders franchise. TfW, a not-for-profit company owned by the Welsh Government, has developed wh...

Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19.07.18: 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 high-speed line to serve the South Yorkshire areas as a whole. In a major report released toda...

Rail fares must be simplified if HS2 is to ‘raise the bar’ as promised

Rail fares must be simplified if HS2 is to ‘raise the bar’ as promised

19.07.18: Railway fares must be simplified if HS2 is to bring a step change to the way passengers travel on the network, argued Sir David Higgins. Writing in a major new report, HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman said fares must become simpler and eas...

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Government’s role in new passenger-centric railway ‘will have to change’, says Williams Review lead

21/03/2019Government’s role in new passenger-centric railway ‘will have to change’, says Williams Review lead

The man leading the Williams Rail Review has warned that the government’s role in the UK railways “will have to change” as the ... more >
Government promises to look ‘very carefully’ at £218m bid for second Chelmsford station

21/03/2019Government promises to look ‘very carefully’ at £218m bid for second Chelmsford station

The government will look “very carefully” at a £218m funding bid for a new railway station in Chelmsford, Theresa May has said.... more >
Carillion-bound boss appointed to lead Kier

20/03/2019Carillion-bound boss appointed to lead Kier

Kier has appointed Andrew Davies as its new chief executive, two months after the building contractor ousted Hayden Mursell on the back of debt i... 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 West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >