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A public and private sector partnership

A public and private sector partnership

23.01.18: Paul Plummer, chief executive of Rail Delivery Group, explores the ways in which the rail industry is changing and evolving in order to bring its long-term improvement plan to life. It would be fair to say that the rail industry is involved...

Critics slam ‘staggering’ 3.4% rail fare hike as it comes into force

Critics slam ‘staggering’ 3.4% rail fare hike as it comes into force

02.01.18: Railway stations across England have become the backdrop to protests today as the highest rail fare increase in five years comes into force. The 3.4% raise, announced last year, has prompted anger from unions and the Opposition, which descr...

UTG warns of unfair cost allocation to regional services

UTG warns of unfair cost allocation to regional services

18.12.17: The Urban Transport Group has called on the Office of Rail and Road for a fairer allocation of costs to regional rail services. In a letter to ORR’s chief executive, Ben Still, lead board member on rail issues for the Urban Transport Grou...

DfT confirms it will not implement overcrowding limits on busy services

DfT confirms it will not implement overcrowding limits on busy services

13.12.17: Rail minister Paul Maynard has confirmed that the government will not be introducing a maximum passenger limit for overcrowded trains. Answering a written question from MP Sharon Hodgson, Maynard said passengers prized the flexibility of th...

Companies ‘misleading passengers’ by selling tickets for cancelled Christmas services

Companies ‘misleading passengers’ by selling tickets for cancelled Christmas services

13.12.17: Industry watchdog Transport Focus says train companies are misleading their passengers by allowing them to buy tickets for trains that will not run over Christmas. Following an investigation, the organisation said that some sections of the...

Government opens £600bn pipeline to develop major infrastructure projects

Government opens £600bn pipeline to develop major infrastructure projects

06.12.17: The government has published plans for a £600bn infrastructure investment pipeline, designed to bring major new construction projects across the UK. The plan, which includes transport infrastructure, is part of a boost to the construc...

Biggest rail fare rise in five years condemned by passengers

Biggest rail fare rise in five years condemned by passengers

05.12.17: The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has announced the biggest fare increase since 2013, with prices set to rise by 3.4% in January. Figures are lower than the initial ONS projection of 3.6% but have been condemned by passenger group Transport Foc...

Rail passengers still want value for money above all else

Rail passengers still want value for money above all else

27.11.17: Rail passengers want value for money to improve above anything else, according to a recent survey. Independent watchdog Transport Focus quizzed almost 13,000 people about factors that would improve their journey experience, with value for money...

Hammond pledges £250m to West Midlands transport in second devo deal

Hammond pledges £250m to West Midlands transport in second devo deal

23.11.17: A new devolution deal has secured £250m of funding for the West Midlands transport infrastructure. The deal between the government and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) will see funds made available for the extension of the Midl...

Government to extend railcard travel to 25-30-year-olds

Government to extend railcard travel to 25-30-year-olds

21.11.17: Chancellor Philip Hammond will announce an extension of the 16-25 railcard to cover people up to 30 years old. The plan is set to be revealed at Wednesday’s Autumn Budget, after successful trials in East Anglia. It is expected to...

Transforming Cities Fund to provide additional £1.7bn in city transport funding

Transforming Cities Fund to provide additional £1.7bn in city transport funding

20.11.17: The government has today announced that it will release £1.7bn of extra transport funding for cities ahead of Wednesday’s Budget. Prime minister Theresa May made the announcement, which includes £250m specifically for the...

What price loyalty?

What price loyalty?

17.11.17: Richard Freeston-Clough of London TravelWatch recommends the steps the rail industry must take to act on some of the worrying findings from research into annual season tickets. Every year, over one million commuters living in and around Lon...

Khan urges national fare freeze as TfL tickets to stay the same in 2018

Khan urges national fare freeze as TfL tickets to stay the same in 2018

17.11.17: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today confirmed that fares set by TfL will once again be frozen in 2018 and questioned the government’s failure to follow suit in this policy. The policy means that every passenger buying tram tickets or...

DfT pledges ‘a million inspiring experiences’ during 2018 Year of Engineering

DfT pledges ‘a million inspiring experiences’ during 2018 Year of Engineering

16.11.17: The DfT has pledged to work alongside industry partners and MPs to offer young people “a million direct and inspiring experiences of engineering” in an effort to tackle the skills gap. Coming as part of the 2018 Year of Engineering...

MPs ask for views on CP6 funding structures by December

MPs ask for views on CP6 funding structures by December

14.11.17: The Transport Select Committee is today launching an inquiry into Britain’s rail infrastructure, focusing on Network Rail’s use of public investment. This inquiry comes on the back of transport secretary Chris Grayling announcin...

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20/02/2020Ep 8 Safely shaping a sustainable railway, Martin Frobisher

Martin Frobisher, Group director, Safety, Technical & Engineering and Network Rail, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss the renewable... more >
Southend Victoria line disruption following a landslip at Billericay

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Railway tracks on the Southend Victoria line, between Billericay and Wickford, have been damaged following a landslip. Ballast, the stones that h... more >
HS2’s latest designs for Old Oak Common Station revealed

20/02/2020HS2’s latest designs for Old Oak Common Station revealed

HS2 Ltd yesterday (Feb 19th) revealed designs for Old Oak Common Station, as part of the Schedule 17 submission to the Old Oak and Park Royal Dev... 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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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 >