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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...

Conservatives win overall majority – their rail policies in full

Conservatives win overall majority – their rail policies in full

08.05.15: The Conservatives have won an unexpected overall majority in Parliament, and so are in a position to put their manifesto into action. Their policies on rail were essentially a continuation of their policies as part of the Coalition gov...

Southeastern removes £10 admin fee from ticket refunds

Southeastern removes £10 admin fee from ticket refunds

22.04.15: Southeastern has announced it will no longer charge customers a £10 administration fee for ticket refunds as part of changes to improve customer service. The changes, beginning this month, mean that passengers will not be charged for:...

Conservatives pledge to freeze regulated rail fares for five years

Conservatives pledge to freeze regulated rail fares for five years

10.04.15: Regulated rail fares will be frozen in real terms for the duration of the next Parliament if the Conservatives win power, David Cameron will pledge today.  Under the proposal, the prime minister said extending the Retail Price Index (R...

DfT invests in smart ticketing in the West Midlands

DfT invests in smart ticketing in the West Midlands

27.03.15: Smart ticketing is coming to the West Midlands as the Department for Transport (DfT) pledges £620,000 for the scheme. Transport minister Baroness Kramer made the announcement as part of several initiatives unveiled at a meeting with t...

Rail industry to help make buying train tickets easier

Rail industry to help make buying train tickets easier

26.03.15: The rail industry has unveiled new measures to provide passengers clearer and more transparent information on buying the right ticket. A new code of practice to informing train companies and licensed rail retailers of best practice guidelin...

Civil servants spending too much on Anytime and first class fares

Civil servants spending too much on Anytime and first class fares

11.03.15: Far too many civil servants are buying first class travel tickets and expensive ‘anytime’ flexible fares, a National Audit Office (NAO) investigation has shown. Noting that “inappropriate travel expenditure can seriously d...

Most rail tickets digital by 2020 – McLoughlin

Most rail tickets digital by 2020 – McLoughlin

09.03.15: Most printed paper tickets for rail travel could be phased out by 2020, the transport secretary has suggested.  Writing on the Times political website, the Red Box, Patrick McLoughlin said that there is “no reason, by the end of...

Making smart ticketing schemes work together

Making smart ticketing schemes work together

01.03.15: Jenni Borg, Department for Transport head of smart and integrated ticketing, discusses recent progress. One of the highlights at Transport Ticketing Global 2015 was Jenni Borg, who has been head of smart and integrated ticketing at the Depa...

One in four train operators are losing money – ORR

One in four train operators are losing money – ORR

16.02.15: A quarter of franchised train operators are losing money, according to figures released by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) today. The rail industry regulator released its latest financial update, analysis of which showed that Chiltern...

Government announces changes to tickets and penalty fares

Government announces changes to tickets and penalty fares

03.02.15: The government has launched a consultation on proposals to make the rail penalty system fairer to passengers. Penalty fares can be charged by train operators if a passenger is found to be travelling without a valid ticket. A process already...

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RAIB to investigate Cambrian line ERTMS failure

22/02/2018RAIB to investigate Cambrian line ERTMS failure

The RAIB has launched an investigation into the loss of speed restriction data to trains during an incident on 20 October on the Cambrian coast lin... more >
Seat design needs more scientific approach to ensure comfort, says industry

22/02/2018Seat design needs more scientific approach to ensure comfort, says industry

There should be more research into the design of train seats in order to provide a more comfortable and safer experience for passengers, the RSSB h... more >
Jobs secured as Amey acquires NR’s Carillion contracts

22/02/2018Jobs secured as Amey acquires NR’s Carillion contracts

Over 700 jobs have been safeguarded as Carillion’s Network Rail contracts have been acquired by Amey Rail Ltd. The transfers come after Ca... 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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Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

09/02/2018Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

The first details of this year’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge have been revealed and it’s safe to say the 2018 edition is set to be more thrilling than ever. Last year saw the RTM team attend the second edition in what is quickly becoming Women in Rail’s flagship event, where teams with a 50/50 gender split compete in a ... more >
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NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

06/02/2018NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has been gifted with a brand-new lab dedicated to surveying and scanning technologies designed t... more >
Keeping Britain's railway on track

06/02/2018Keeping Britain's railway on track

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, argues investment in track maintenance and rail infrastructure is fundam... more >
The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

06/02/2018The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

Network Rail is seeking to improve asset management whilst cutting down on expenditure by implementing a new Intelligent Infrastructure programme... more >
Project Aura: Changing the game

02/02/2018Project Aura: Changing the game

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), describes how Project Aura has been revolutionising training across the organisatio... more >

rail industry focus

  • 08/12/2017A game changer for Midland Metro

    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the latest projects taking place across the growing Midland Metro...
  • 09/11/2017Testing tomorrow's technology today

    David Brazier, site manager and area sales manager for the UK & Ireland at OMICRON electronics, tells RTM’s Luana Salles about the major...
  • 09/11/2017What next for safety?

    As rail businesses edge towards their target of zero injuries, improving safety performance can plateau. Amey’s sector director for rail, Lee...
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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 >