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Transport Scotland cuts fares across 275,000 journeys

Transport Scotland cuts fares across 275,000 journeys

03.04.13: Fares for 275,000 rail journeys are to be cut, Transport Scotland has announced. A new pricing structure developed with ScotRail aims to eliminate over 1,500 fare ‘anomalies’, reduce split-ticketing and make it almost always che...

Unions say TOCs are ‘intent on resurrecting Beeching’

Unions say TOCs are ‘intent on resurrecting Beeching’

27.03.13: Campaigners are holding protests today at 35 stations against planned cuts to services and staff. On the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Beeching report, unions are protesting against the 20,000 jobs they say are at risk, the clo...

ATOC welcomes ‘limited’ extra regulatory role for ORR

ATOC welcomes ‘limited’ extra regulatory role for ORR

20.03.13: The Government and ORR have responded to Rail 2020, largely agreeing with the recommendations laid out by the Transport Select Committee. In the future the ORR, not the transport secretary, will be responsible for approving train operators&...

Rail boosts city growth – ATOC

Rail boosts city growth – ATOC

18.03.13: Despite the recession, 14 cities have recorded double-digit growth in the number of rail journeys over the last five years, ATOC figures show. The ten cities that have seen the highest growth between 2008 and 2012 are outside the south east...

ORR reports record quarter for rail

ORR reports record quarter for rail

15.03.13: There were more than 385 million passenger journeys in Q3 of 2012-13, the ORR has said. This is 14 million more than the same period last year and is the highest number of franchised passenger journeys in a third quarter since records began...

Cabinet secretary ‘very upset’ over role in West Coast mess – PM

Cabinet secretary ‘very upset’ over role in West Coast mess – PM

14.03.13: Prime Minister David Cameron has said that cabinet secretary Jeremy Heywood “feels let down by the Department for Transport” over the West Coast franchising debacle – and that he has been asking transport secretary Patrick McLo...

‘Super-peak’ fares hike plans scrapped

‘Super-peak’ fares hike plans scrapped

12.03.13: A proposal to bring in ‘super-peak’ fares to raise revenue and better manage demand – which appeared in the McNulty report – has been scrapped, DfT sources have briefed reporters. Passenger groups, unions and the Tra...

Great Western bidders take legal action against DfT

Great Western bidders take legal action against DfT

08.03.13: The four TOCs who spent millions preparing their bids for the now-scrapped Great Western rail franchise competition are beginning legal proceedings against the Government for compensation. FirstGroup, Stagecoach, Arriva and National Express...

First class ticket sales booming – ATOC

First class ticket sales booming – ATOC

04.03.13: Operators have encouraged more and more passengers to take up first class seats, according to new figures which show demand at a 10-year high. Figures published today by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) show that there we...

Challenge 2050 published for rail industry

Challenge 2050 published for rail industry

28.02.13: The European rail sector has published its high-level, long-term vision for the future with ‘Challenge 2050’. It calls for the European rail industry to achieve a multi-fold increase in its share of passenger and freight markets...

Smart ticketing

Smart ticketing

28.02.13: ITSO chief executive officer Lindsay Robertson discusses rail industry progress on implementing new smarter ticketing methods. There’s been lots of talk about rail franchising lately, but one of the less well-publicised aspects is tha...

Wave and pay

Wave and pay

28.02.13: Later this year, London will lead the world in contactless payment when it goes live with ‘wave-and-pay’ technology across the Tube, DLR and Overground. RTM spoke to Shashi Verma, TfL’s director of customer experience, who head...

Passenger numbers to rise 21% by 2020

Passenger numbers to rise 21% by 2020

25.02.13: Long-distance rail traffic in Europe could grow to over 1.36bn passengers by 2020, a new study shows. Produced by Amadeus Rail, the report looks at growing demand for rail and predicts an increase of 21%, or 238 million from 2011 figures. T...

Fare data to be available to all

Fare data to be available to all

19.02.13: The DfT is to make comprehensive fare data available to the public for the first time, transport minister Norman Baker has announced. It means that passengers will be able to access free up-to-date information on the best ticket deals. Prev...

Transport funding devolution a risk – MPs

Transport funding devolution a risk – MPs

05.02.13: Further devolution for local transport services could lead to weakened accountability, the Public Accounts Committee has stated in a new report. The Committee considered how moving funding for local transport to local authorities could risk...

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The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

26/03/2019The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

Dave Hodgson, elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council and chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic Transport Forum, sets ou... more >
Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... 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 vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

26/03/2019The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

Dave Hodgson, elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council and chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic Transport Forum, sets out his vision for the future of rail in light of the Rail Review, whilst highlighting the economic significance of the region. As the sub-national transport body (STB) for the Oxford-Cambridge gro... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >