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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...

Government launches £3.5m competition to drive innovations in rail

Government launches £3.5m competition to drive innovations in rail

01.11.17: The Department for Transport has launched a competition to inject £3.5m into innovative ideas to transform rail. The First of a Kind (FOAK) competition is searching for existing innovations which may be in use outside of the rail industry...

RDG launches ‘single plan’ for railway with unions, operators and businesses

RDG launches ‘single plan’ for railway with unions, operators and businesses

30.10.17: Almost £85bn of additional economic benefits are hoped to be secured by a landmark collaboration between unions, TOCs and freight operators, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has today stated. The figure is on top of the £31bn of econo...

Yousaf urges DfT to begin urgent and serious talks on ‘unfair’ CP6 deal

Yousaf urges DfT to begin urgent and serious talks on ‘unfair’ CP6 deal

16.10.17: The DfT has defended its CP6 allocation to Scotland’s railways, arguing that the country will receive £600m more than it did in the previous control period – but the Scottish transport minister is adamant that the deal falls sh...

DfT looks at full smart ticketing roll-out by 2018 with £80m boost

DfT looks at full smart ticketing roll-out by 2018 with £80m boost

09.10.17: The government has set out details of an £80m programme to introduce smart ticketing across England and Wales by the end of 2018. The investment will go towards ensuring that all passengers have the choice of travelling without a pape...

ORR invites views on TOC access charges reform

ORR invites views on TOC access charges reform

29.09.17: The Office of Road and Rail (ORR) has released details about the consultation into the charges that operators pay to access the rail network as part of Network Rail’s 2018 periodic review. Access charges play an important role in infl...

De-politicise rail control period funding, Labour tells RIA

De-politicise rail control period funding, Labour tells RIA

27.09.17: Andy McDonald, the shadow transport secretary, has told the Railway Industry Association (RIA) that rail project funding should be ‘de-politicised’. Speaking in an interview at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton, he said th...

Strategy developed to drive forward rail devolution agenda

Strategy developed to drive forward rail devolution agenda

21.09.17: A strategy has been set out by urban transport authorities that explains how government and transport bodies should work together to deliver integrated transport networks for passengers. Publishing its report ‘Policy futures for urban...

Virgin launches app to allow customers to bid for cheap First Class upgrades

Virgin launches app to allow customers to bid for cheap First Class upgrades

20.09.17: Virgin Trains has launched a world first app that allows passengers to bid for First Class upgrades for as low as £5. The app, Seatfrog, will let passengers bid for First Class upgrades up to 30 minutes before departure, and could ope...

DfT invites entries for second round of rail innovation funding

DfT invites entries for second round of rail innovation funding

08.09.17: Another tranche of funding worth £7.9m has been made available by DfT this week to help develop modern and innovative approaches to improve the passenger experience across the UK. The next round of cash in the Accelerating Innovation...

Developing a unique export proposition

Developing a unique export proposition

07.09.17: Britain has always been at the forefront of rail engineering and it is important that we maintain this reputation, writes Andy Milner, CEO of Amey and chair of the Exports Leadership Group (ELG). The UK rail industry is a catalyst of innova...

DfT launches consultation to improve transport for disabled passengers

DfT launches consultation to improve transport for disabled passengers

24.08.17: A plan to remove barriers for disabled people to use transport in the UK has today been launched for consultation by the DfT. Among some of the ideas in the draft accessibility action plan are ambitions to improve accessibility toilets on t...

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Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

17/11/2017Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

Network Rail will seek a major cash boost through the sale of its commercial property portfolio in England and Wales, announced today. The i... more >
Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17/11/2017Boosting workforce safety through design automation

David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce t... more >
Rail risk: reality and perception

17/11/2017Rail risk: reality and perception

George Bearfield, director of system safety and health at the RSSB, looks at risk – reality and perception – and how the industry nee... more >

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04/09/2017A series of incredible events

There are a couple of announcements I’d like to make in this editor’s comment, which I believe could be very beneficial to many of our readers.  Firstly, the deadline is fast approaching to enter the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), which will take place on 22 March 2018 at Battersea Evolution in London.  Now in its fifth year, UKRIA continues to bring together the leaders and decision-makers running the rail ... 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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Looking back over HS1, 10 years on

14/11/2017Looking back over HS1, 10 years on

While the HS2 project continues to gain ground and press ahead with major contracts despite recent staffing controversies, today sees its older, considerably smaller sibling turn 10 years old. HS1, the line running between St Pancras International and the Channel Tunnel, was completed at a total cost of £7.3bn a full 16 years after ... more >
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Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17/11/2017Boosting workforce safety through design automation

David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce t... more >
Rail risk: reality and perception

17/11/2017Rail risk: reality and perception

George Bearfield, director of system safety and health at the RSSB, looks at risk – reality and perception – and how the industry nee... more >
The new era of station retail

17/11/2017The new era of station retail

Hamish Kiernan, commercial director of retail at Network Rail Property, explains how investment in better retail outlets is transforming the cust... more >
Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

17/11/2017Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

Raj Sivalingam, executive director for telecommunications and spectrum at techUK, makes the case for pan-industry collaboration in order to deplo... more >

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Modernising journeys in north east England

09/11/2017Modernising journeys in north east England

First Hull Trains is about to embark on the biggest fleet overhaul it has delivered since being set up in 2000. Managing director Will Dunnett te... more >