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Crossrail set for further £1bn bailout and potential further delay

Crossrail set for further £1bn bailout and potential further delay

10.12.18: Ministers are expected to announce a fresh £1bn bailout for Crossrail and admit that the project might need to be delayed beyond 2019. According to the Financial Times, officials from the DfT and TfL, who have been in emergency talks...

Consultation confirms public support for new rail link between Heathrow and the west

Consultation confirms public support for new rail link between Heathrow and the west

07.12.18: Plans for a new rail link between Heathrow and the west have been overwhelmingly supported in a new consultation published by Network Rail. The proposals set out a new rail link between the Great Western Main Line and London Heathrow Airpor...

Cheaper digital signalling, more exports and better data-sharing: DfT launches the Rail Sector Deal

Cheaper digital signalling, more exports and better data-sharing: DfT launches the Rail Sector Deal

06.12.18: The government has today announced the new Rail Sector Deal in order to help the government work better with the rail industry, reduce the cost of infrastructure, encourage greater use of digital technologies, and double the UK’s rail indu...

Williams rail review consultation launched ahead of 2020 white paper

Williams rail review consultation launched ahead of 2020 white paper

06.12.18: The independent chair of the rail review Keith Williams has launched a call for evidence from a wide range of stakeholders, including passenger representatives, businesses, local and devolved bodies, and “leading thinkers and investors.&rd...

May timetable crisis: GTR hit with government profit sanctions and told to spend £15m on improvements

May timetable crisis: GTR hit with government profit sanctions and told to spend £15m on improvements

04.12.18: Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has been told that it must contribute £15m towards service improvements for passengers as the government announced that the TOC will be hit with sanctions, capping its profits for the remainder of its franchi...

Grayling ‘should resign’ over ‘appalling’ timetable chaos as MPs call for fare freeze

Grayling ‘should resign’ over ‘appalling’ timetable chaos as MPs call for fare freeze

04.12.18: MPs have demanded a freeze in rail fares and called for the transport secretary to resign over the “chaotic roll-out” of the new railway timetables introduced in May, which hit nearly half of all passenger services up and down the co...

Sir Terry Morgan ‘in absolutely no doubt’ that Khan knew about Crossrail delay

Sir Terry Morgan ‘in absolutely no doubt’ that Khan knew about Crossrail delay

03.12.18: Crossrail’s chairman has insisted that Sadiq Khan was told in July about the need to delay the Elizabeth Line project and chose not to inform the London Assembly, challenging the London mayor’s claims he was in the dark. The soo...

Sir Terry Morgan ‘expects to be sacked’ as HS2 chairman over Crossrail delays

Sir Terry Morgan ‘expects to be sacked’ as HS2 chairman over Crossrail delays

03.12.18: Sir Terry Morgan has said he expects to be sacked as chairman of HS2 in the next few days after taking up the role only four months ago. Speaking on the early evening news programme on BBC Radio 4, Morgan said there was disappointment at We...

Millennial railcard nationwide sale delayed to 2 January

Millennial railcard nationwide sale delayed to 2 January

30.11.18: Millennial railcards for 26- to 30-year-olds will go on general sale on 2 January after the launch was delayed to coincide with the annual fare rise in the New Year. The railcard is being made available digitally only for all 4.5 million Br...

‘Another kick in the teeth’: Rail fares to rise by 3.1% in New Year

‘Another kick in the teeth’: Rail fares to rise by 3.1% in New Year

30.11.18: Rail fares will rise by an average of 3.1% in January, the Rail Delivery Group has confirmed today. The new fares, coming into effect from 2 January next year, will add around £100 onto the cost of many season tickets. The fares...

After almost a year of strikes, DfT commits to keeping second person on-board Northern trains

After almost a year of strikes, DfT commits to keeping second person on-board Northern trains

29.11.18: The DfT and Transport for the North (TfN) have committed to keep a second person on-board Northern trains in a momentous decision that could bring an end to strike action and settle the long-running dispute between the TOC and the RMT union. ...

DfT denies ‘experimenting’ with new East Coast Partnership, promises better franchise bids assessment

DfT denies ‘experimenting’ with new East Coast Partnership, promises better franchise bids assessment

27.11.18: The DfT has defended its reportedly experimental plans for the refreshed East Coast Main Line franchise, arguing that its process for assessing bids is now “more robust” after a critical report into the failings that led to the colla...

Rail Ombudsman launch a ‘wake-up call’ to train companies over complaint services

Rail Ombudsman launch a ‘wake-up call’ to train companies over complaint services

26.11.18: The first-ever Rail Ombudsman has been launched today, giving rail passengers a free, independent service which will help them claim refunds and compensation by appealing unresolved complaints. The official body will have the power to inves...

Rail parliamentary roundup: Grayling denies ‘tin ear’ jibes on northern investment, investigation launched into SWR’s ‘Mayhem Monday’

Rail parliamentary roundup: Grayling denies ‘tin ear’ jibes on northern investment, investigation launched into SWR’s ‘Mayhem Monday’

23.11.18: ‘Not a question of having a tin ear’ The transport secretary has hit back against claims that the government has underinvested in transport in the north following new analysis from the IPPR this week. Speaking in the House of C...

Transport for the North launches the first phase of smart ticketing across Yorkshire

Transport for the North launches the first phase of smart ticketing across Yorkshire

23.11.18: Transport for the North (TfN) is set to launch the first phase of its Smart on Rail project, rolling out the smartcard scheme across Yorkshire lines. The initial phase of the project, a result of a partnership between Northern, TransPennine...

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RIA: Calls on Shapps for urgent rail electrification

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Northern reaches milestone in new train introduction

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Following a £500m investment in rail in the north of England, this week nine new trains were integrated into Arriva Rail North’s flee... more >
Alstom to take over Bombardier

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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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >