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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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Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

19/06/2018Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have walked out in a fresh dispute between the union and Northern Rail over a long-runnin... more >
TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

19/06/2018TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

Bosses from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Northern Rail cited failures in infrastructure being completed in time and last-minute change... more >
Labour to launch no confidence challenge against Grayling

19/06/2018Labour to launch no confidence challenge against Grayling

The transport secretary is under fire in parliament today as Labour looks to draft a motion of no confidence in the Commons. The party is us... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

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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 >