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Franchising: Time for change?

Franchising: Time for change?

26.06.18: The recent timetabling chaos up and down the country has underlined that the current rail franchising model is broken – and passengers are paying the price, argues Meg Hillier, chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee. The recen...

Rail industry launches survey to revolutionise ‘outdated’ fares and ticketing system

Rail industry launches survey to revolutionise ‘outdated’ fares and ticketing system

04.06.18: In a new partnership, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) and Transport Focus will begin a three-month public consultation into rail fares find out what passengers want to see from an “up to date, easier fare ticketing system,” effectively...

Passenger Railway Challenge launched by Campaign for Better Transport

Passenger Railway Challenge launched by Campaign for Better Transport

24.05.18: A new campaign has been launched to improve the country’s railways. The Passenger Railway Challenge, launched by the Campaign for Better Transport, aims to get the best parts of the railway introduced across the entire network. It will...

Campaigners ask Grayling for dedicated rail reopenings fund

Campaigners ask Grayling for dedicated rail reopenings fund

14.05.18: Transport secretary Chris Grayling will receive a letter today urging him to him to introduce a new fund to pay for the opening of additional railway lines and stations. The letter, signed by over 4,000 people, calls on Grayling to establish a...

Rail industry to seek national ideas for ‘root and branch’ fares reform in June

Rail industry to seek national ideas for ‘root and branch’ fares reform in June

08.05.18: The rail industry will move ahead with “root and branch” reform of rail fare regulation by launching a public consultation on 4 June spanning the whole country in order to establish a roadmap for change, it has been announced. I...

A chance to rebuild trust

A chance to rebuild trust

01.05.18: The rail industry has a major trust problem, with passengers finding it difficult to navigate compensation claims after they suffer through delays and unreliable services. But Alex Hayman, Which? managing director of public markets, says smart t...

Lower prices could lure 40% of non-rail users into trains, study finds

Lower prices could lure 40% of non-rail users into trains, study finds

19.04.18: Trains are too expensive, according to those who prefer to travel by other means. According to a report, ‘Tomorrow’s passengers: understanding how to make rail travel more attractive to infrequent and non-users’, published by...

Organisation launched to represent northern rail industry

Organisation launched to represent northern rail industry

18.04.18: The launch of a new organisation representing the northern rail industry has been announced. Northern Rail Industry Leaders (NRIL) says that it will aim to deliver the skills, innovation and talent required for the north’s ambitious trans...

‘Honest’ fare-dodgers allowed to appeal penalty fares under new rule

‘Honest’ fare-dodgers allowed to appeal penalty fares under new rule

06.04.18: Penalty fare rules for rail passengers have been altered to offer better protection to those who make honest mistakes, rail minister Jo Johnson has announced. With that, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has published new best practice gui...

ORR: ‘More to be done’ to ensure passengers get best ticket for journey

ORR: ‘More to be done’ to ensure passengers get best ticket for journey

28.03.18: New easier to use machines and clearer language have helped more passengers buy the right ticket for their journey from station vending machines, according to research by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). Mystery shopping research revealed tha...

Scottish ministers reveal new 10-year rail investment strategy

Scottish ministers reveal new 10-year rail investment strategy

20.03.18: Scotland’s national transport body has revealed its new decade-long rail investment strategy today, signalling a move towards a “pipeline-based approach” to funding new projects. Transport Scotland’s Rail Enhancement...

‘Millennial railcard’ website crashes due to ‘unprecedented’ demand

‘Millennial railcard’ website crashes due to ‘unprecedented’ demand

14.03.18: The website selling “millennial railcards” crashed as the new cards went on sale yesterday. Passengers aged 26-30 were supposed to be able to buy the railcards, giving a third off most rail fares in Britain, for the first time as pa...

A whole-journey approach

A whole-journey approach

27.02.18: Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, argues the government must take action on what passengers most want to see improved across the network: value for money. ‘Connecting people: a strategic vision...

There is still much more to do: avoiding the boom and bust in CP6

There is still much more to do: avoiding the boom and bust in CP6

30.01.18: Reflecting on the triumphs of the past year, Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), assesses what the government needs to do to ensure the rail industry avoids a potential ‘boom and bust’ scenario w...

RIA agrees deal to work more closely with supply chain in East Midlands

RIA agrees deal to work more closely with supply chain in East Midlands

29.01.18: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) and Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) detailing how the two organisations will work more closely together in the future. The MoU details how the two bodies wil...

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Government calls for companies to take part in 5G TransPennine pilot

20/08/2018Government calls for companies to take part in 5G TransPennine pilot

The government is inviting companies to take part in a new 5G project on the TransPennine Railway line between Leeds and Manchester. The Tra... more >
First upgraded ScotRail InterCity train arrives in Scotland, rollout completed by late 2019

20/08/2018First upgraded ScotRail InterCity train arrives in Scotland, rollout completed by late 2019

ScotRail’s first upgraded InterCity train has arrived in Scotland as part of the revamped High Speed Trains (HST) that will connect Scotlan... more >
Hitachi Class 802s to be put in operation following GWR press launch

20/08/2018Hitachi Class 802s to be put in operation following GWR press launch

Train operator Greater Western Railway (GWR) launched its new Hitachi Class 802 range on Friday, holding a media run from Penzance to Exeter to c... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... 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 >