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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...

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...

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HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

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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

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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 >