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Olympic audiences missing out on special fares

16.04.12: Very few 2012 Olympic Games ticket holders have so far booked train travel for the event, with the danger of missing out on advance rail fares specifically for this purpose, ATOC and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) have warned. New fig...

iRail competitors mentored by YRP

iRail competitors mentored by YRP

30.03.12: Young Railway Professionals (YRP) mentored students at the recent iRail event in Derby, with the aim of encouraging young people to consider a career in rail. Professor Andrew McNaughton, chief engineer of High Speed 2 Ltd announced the win...

Franchise bidders announced

Franchise bidders announced

29.03.12: Bidders have prequalified to run services on the Great Western, Thameslink, and Essex Thameside franchises. 13 firms are in the running for the three contracts, rail minister Theresa Villiers announced. “Our reformed approach to franc...

Command Paper gets industry talking

09.03.12: The Government’s Command Paper on cutting costs and boosting efficiency in the rail industry has been broadly welcomed by most rail bodies and been given a cautious welcome by passenger groups, but others have deep reservations about the p...

Command Paper – fare rises and station closures?

Command Paper – fare rises and station closures?

08.03.12: Peak fares could rise and station closures may lead to thousands of job losses, as the Government is set to publish its official response to the McNulty review of the rail industry. However, more flexible ticketing could provide integrated...

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...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

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The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transp... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

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 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. The Financial Times b... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with ... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >