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Government boost to support new and improved local rail services

06.02.09: Passengers in many parts country could benefit from a new approach to Government funding of new local and regional train services Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon has announced. The Department for Transport could take over long-term financial...

Don’t hold your breath for Mr Hoon

20.11.08: So farewell then, Ruth Kelly and welcome new secretary of state for transport, Geoff Hoon. Mr Hoon has already declared himself to be supportive of high speed rail and recently told the Daily Telegraph that he is looking “very, very seriou...

Manufacturing Excellence Awards 2009

20.11.08: Do you want to be a part of the UK’s most prestigious business awards scheme? Firms have until January 29 to enter the battle for ‘Best UK Business’ at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Manufacturing Excellence Awa...

Britain's Transport Future Unveiled at the Civils 2008 Forum

14.11.08: In a late addition to the outstanding speaker programme at the free-to-attend Civils 2008 Forum (18 to 20 November at Earls Court 2 London), Michael Hurn, Director of Projects at the Department for Transport (DfT) will deliver the keynote addres...

Brain food: Railway dinner raises £14,000 for charity

12.09.08: Guests at the Railway Benefit Fund’s Scottish Dinner put their wits and co-ordination to the test to raise over £14,000 to help railway people in distress as a result of illness, injury, disability and bereavement. The fundraisi...

Demand for rail travel increasing as fuel prices surge

22.08.08: Fuel prices driving up demand for rail travel • Rail industry under pressure to respond • Railway Interiors Expo 2008 to showcase new solutions • Expo taking place in Amsterdam on 4, 5, 6 November Demand for rail trav...

Every silver lining has a cloud

17.07.08: Rail minister Tom Harris likes getting out of bed every morning. That’s what he told the Institute of Economic Affairs recently. That’s because he is presiding over an era of growth in the railways which has seen passenger numbe...

Booking for ASPECT 2008 now open

16.07.08: The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers is the principal forum for the exchange of information on all aspects of railway signalling and telecommunications. One of the highlights of the IRSE’s programme is the ASPECT international confe...

Porto, Warsaw and Melbourne pick up international light rail awards

20.06.08: Last week during its international conference on light rail in Istanbul, the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) handed out its prestigious awards for commendable light rail projects. The criteria for selecting the winners...

ORR decision is bad news for freight

14.05.08: ORR’s decision to allow Network Rail to close the West Coast Main Line for longer and more frequent periods than were planned last year in order to complete the planned route upgrade by December means that services will continue to be disr...

It’s grim up north for rail

08.04.08: Two recent reports highlight the need for better links between northern towns and cities to boost prosperity. According to the City Links report from the Centre for Cities, small northern towns and cities must improve their transport and ec...

Rail charity goes back to its roots

26.03.08: It’s an event that would make the charity’s founding members proud - the Railway Benefit Fund is holding a special Dickensian dinner in October to celebrate its 150th anniversary. The event will not only pay tribute to one of th...

Planning for future expansion

29.02.08: Planning for future expansion The prospects for the UK rail sector have never looked better with passenger numbers at their highest level for sixty years. Consequently, industry members must decide how best to accommodate this record growth...

Manchester Town Hall hosts public rail seminar

22.02.08: Local rail passengers are being given the chance to discuss developments on the train network at a public meeting next week. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA) is holding a seminar on Wednesday 27 February to discuss t...

Council wins major concessions on Shepherds Bush

20.02.08: Hammersmith & Fulham council has won major concessions from TfL over the botched closure of Shepherds Bush Underground Station. Concessions already won by the council include persuading TfL to cough-up a seven figure sum to pay for extr...

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ORR report: ‘No one took charge’ in May timetable chaos, ‘everyone made mistakes’

20/09/2018ORR report: ‘No one took charge’ in May timetable chaos, ‘everyone made mistakes’

A scathing report into the May timetable chaos has blasted transport secretary Chris Grayling, Network Rail, and the DfT’s handling of the ... more >
Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

20/09/2018Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

The Transport Committee has urged the DfT to “be more specific about the economic rebalancing effects it intends to achieve&rdquo... more >
DfT quietly pulls the plug on CrossCountry franchise competition

20/09/2018DfT quietly pulls the plug on CrossCountry franchise competition

The government has decided to pull the plug on the CrossCountry franchise competition as a result of its rail review announcement today. Bec... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >