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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...

Dinner at the Roundhouse hears from Wolstenholme and O’Toole

Dinner at the Roundhouse hears from Wolstenholme and O’Toole

14.10.11: Crossrail’s chief executive has told an audience of rail professionals that the project will seek to use the UK supply chain, calling it an “obvious goal”. Andrew Wolstenholme was speaking at Dinner at the Roundhouse, whic...

Ticket staff to remain at Romsey

Ticket staff to remain at Romsey

07.10.11: Ticketing staff will be retained at Romsey railway station, despite recommendations that would have seen them replaced with ticket machines. First Great Western has confirmed it intends to keep the ticket offices manned for the duration of...

Baker to speak at Integrated Transport Conference

23.09.11: Transport minister Norman Baker MP is set to speak at the ATOC Integrated Transport Conference in Leeds on September 29. This conference is aimed at public transport officers and managers and will discuss how rail can achieve more sustainable in...

NSARE to take over RTAS

20.09.11: The National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE) has been awarded the concession to continue Network Rail’s Rail Training & Assessment Accreditation Scheme (RTAS). The scheme was previously undertaken by Achilles, who w...

Conference looks to the future of rail

27.05.11: Professionals from across the transport sector gathered in Birmingham yesterday for the Rail Champions Intelligent City debate, thrashing out the biggest issues in integrated travel, ticketing, value-for-money and data access, writes Kate Ashley...


19.04.11: In our story ‘A Big Haul’ from the latest edition of Rail Technology Magazine, February/March 2011, pages 20-21, we made some errors in the text we wish to correct. David Spaven described freight as a “hidden, mysterious w...

Southern launches the Key

25.02.11: Southern Railway is trialling a new smart card ticketing scheme, the ‘Key’, as an alternative to paper tickets. Transport minister Norman Baker helped launch the three-month trial, which involves around 100 passengers on all sta...

Network Rail pays tribute to the industry with Partnership Awards

Network Rail pays tribute to the industry with Partnership Awards

23.07.10: As a way of saying thank you to organisations throughout the industry for all of their hard work in the last year, Network Rail hosted the Partnership Awards last Thursday. The awards, which were hosted by chief executive Iain Coucher and R...

Iain Coucher steps down from top rail job

18.06.10: The head of Network Rail, Iain Coucher, is to step down from his top job in rail after 3 years in the post. Commenting on his own departure, Mr Coucher said: “I am enormously proud of what the Network Rail team has achieved over the p...

Network Rail make major rail job appointment

18.06.10: The organisation responsible for the maintenance of Britain’s rail infrastructure has now appointed Dyan Crowther to the post of Director of Operational Services. She took responsibility for her new role, which was previously held by...

Conservatives & Liberal Democrats share power

14.05.10: In what is hopefully good news for rail jobs, a coalition government has been formed between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, with David Cameron as prime minister. Given that both parties have expressed a keen interest in rail...

Picture perfect

14.05.10: Network rail has become involved in a photography competition, which shows some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain, including parts of the rail network. The fourth annual Take a view Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards will also...

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First Vivarail production train enters final build stage

23/02/2018First Vivarail production train enters final build stage

After a period of radio silence, Vivarail has announced that its long-awaited battery D-Train is in its final build stage and will be in passenger ... more >
Amey manager appointed as TfN’s permanent NPR director

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Array of Thameslink failures mean there are ‘critical tests looming’ for HS2

23/02/2018Array of Thameslink failures mean there are ‘critical tests looming’ for HS2

Despite its progress, the Thameslink Programme still faces substantial challenges that must be addressed to ensure successful delivery – an... 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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Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

09/02/2018Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

The first details of this year’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge have been revealed and it’s safe to say the 2018 edition is set to be more thrilling than ever. Last year saw the RTM team attend the second edition in what is quickly becoming Women in Rail’s flagship event, where teams with a 50/50 gender split compete in a ... more >
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NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

06/02/2018NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has been gifted with a brand-new lab dedicated to surveying and scanning technologies designed t... more >
Keeping Britain's railway on track

06/02/2018Keeping Britain's railway on track

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, argues investment in track maintenance and rail infrastructure is fundam... more >
The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

06/02/2018The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

Network Rail is seeking to improve asset management whilst cutting down on expenditure by implementing a new Intelligent Infrastructure programme... more >
Project Aura: Changing the game

02/02/2018Project Aura: Changing the game

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), describes how Project Aura has been revolutionising training across the organisatio... more >

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    As rail businesses edge towards their target of zero injuries, improving safety performance can plateau. Amey’s sector director for rail, Lee...
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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 >