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ITSO CEO steps down

ITSO CEO steps down

08.03.12: Michael Leach, chief executive of ITSO, quit yesterday in a surprise move. The Government-backed company, which manages the standards for compliance and interoperability of smart ticketing systems, issued a statement this morning. Mike...

All together now

All together now

01.03.12: Transport ticketing standards bodies across Europe have taken a major step towards the creation of an EU Intelligent Fare Management Alliance. Adam Hewitt reports. Organisations from across the EU came together on February 15 to sign a memo...

Setting the standard

Setting the standard

01.03.12: When RTM talked to ITSO chief executive Michael Leach a year ago, there were tentative signs that, with Government support, a wider switch to smart ticketing was finally underway. The rapid increase in operators making the leap has meant that 20...

Fare dodgers to face increased penalty charges

17.02.12: Transport for London is increasing its penalty charge for failure to pay the correct fare from £50 to £80 this weekend, to deter and further reduce fare evasion. The change will come into effect from Sunday 19 February and will...

NSARE launches roadshow series

03.02.12: A second series of roadshows are being held by NSARE to engage with colleges, universities and rail industry organisations. The country-wide shows aim to establish a network of support for the rail industry to meet its skills challenges. Th...

Rail travel integrated into Google maps

20.01.12: Google maps has integrated rail travel information from the ticketing website thetrainline.com to provide users with train route and timetable information for over 2,500 stations and 170,000 journeys nationwide. To make journey planning eas...

NXEA invests in ticket machines at Norwich

13.01.12: National Express East Anglia (NXEA) has invested £45,000 in installing additional ticket machines at Norwich station. Customers can use the machines to collect pre-paid and Advance booked tickets, and the project seeks to improve cust...

Unhappy return to work for rail commuters

06.01.12: The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) has labelled today, the first day back in work for most commuters since rail fares went up by an average of 6%, as a ‘national day of passenger protest’. The Government backtracked on its...

Train building

Train building

01.01.12: Bombardier won the Southern order for 130 new carriages, but the next big challenge is Crossrail – where the financing arrangements look like they will be similar to Thameslink, which provided an in-built advantage to Siemens. RTM discusse...

Bigger role for TOCs in rolling stock

09.12.11: Train companies should be given a bigger role in ordering and managing rolling stock, but the potential savings in this area are lower than McNulty’s calculations suggest, a new report published by ATOC states. The discussion paper re...

New TfL fares announced

02.12.11: Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced the revised fares for 2012. After securing an additional £136m in Government funding, TfL fares will now rise by an average of 6%. Some fares will be slightly higher than RPI + 1%, as long a...

Rail cap to be announced

02.12.11: Chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce a cap on rail fares today in his Autumn Statement. Instead of regulated rail fares increasing by RPI + 3% inflation, as previously announced, they will rise by RPI + 1%, meaning that the average...

Fares should only rise by 6% on January 1 – Greening

25.11.11: Chancellor George Osborne has been urged to reduce rail fare rises, as transport ministers fear a large reduction in passengers who are either unwilling or unable to pay the higher prices, and will turn to other modes of transport. Ticket p...

Bombardier announce executive changes

18.11.11: Bombardier has announced several executive changes in their UK division, including the promotion of Sir Neville Simms and Paul Roberts, and the resignation of Colin Walton. Sir Neville Simms, FREng, has been appointed Non-Executive Chairman...

DDRF hears of ‘massive’ opportunities for suppliers

04.11.11: Sir Roy McNulty told delegates at the DDRF annual conference that the way the railways are now run is “absolutely not common sense” as rail workers and unions protested outside the meeting against his recommendations, which they say...

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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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