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Government launches £3.5m competition to drive innovations in rail

Government launches £3.5m competition to drive innovations in rail

01.11.17: The Department for Transport has launched a competition to inject £3.5m into innovative ideas to transform rail. The First of a Kind (FOAK) competition is searching for existing innovations which may be in use outside of the rail industry...

RDG launches ‘single plan’ for railway with unions, operators and businesses

RDG launches ‘single plan’ for railway with unions, operators and businesses

30.10.17: Almost £85bn of additional economic benefits are hoped to be secured by a landmark collaboration between unions, TOCs and freight operators, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has today stated. The figure is on top of the £31bn of econo...

Yousaf urges DfT to begin urgent and serious talks on ‘unfair’ CP6 deal

Yousaf urges DfT to begin urgent and serious talks on ‘unfair’ CP6 deal

16.10.17: The DfT has defended its CP6 allocation to Scotland’s railways, arguing that the country will receive £600m more than it did in the previous control period – but the Scottish transport minister is adamant that the deal falls sh...

DfT looks at full smart ticketing roll-out by 2018 with £80m boost

DfT looks at full smart ticketing roll-out by 2018 with £80m boost

09.10.17: The government has set out details of an £80m programme to introduce smart ticketing across England and Wales by the end of 2018. The investment will go towards ensuring that all passengers have the choice of travelling without a pape...

ORR invites views on TOC access charges reform

ORR invites views on TOC access charges reform

29.09.17: The Office of Road and Rail (ORR) has released details about the consultation into the charges that operators pay to access the rail network as part of Network Rail’s 2018 periodic review. Access charges play an important role in infl...

De-politicise rail control period funding, Labour tells RIA

De-politicise rail control period funding, Labour tells RIA

27.09.17: Andy McDonald, the shadow transport secretary, has told the Railway Industry Association (RIA) that rail project funding should be ‘de-politicised’. Speaking in an interview at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton, he said th...

Strategy developed to drive forward rail devolution agenda

Strategy developed to drive forward rail devolution agenda

21.09.17: A strategy has been set out by urban transport authorities that explains how government and transport bodies should work together to deliver integrated transport networks for passengers. Publishing its report ‘Policy futures for urban...

Virgin launches app to allow customers to bid for cheap First Class upgrades

Virgin launches app to allow customers to bid for cheap First Class upgrades

20.09.17: Virgin Trains has launched a world first app that allows passengers to bid for First Class upgrades for as low as £5. The app, Seatfrog, will let passengers bid for First Class upgrades up to 30 minutes before departure, and could ope...

DfT invites entries for second round of rail innovation funding

DfT invites entries for second round of rail innovation funding

08.09.17: Another tranche of funding worth £7.9m has been made available by DfT this week to help develop modern and innovative approaches to improve the passenger experience across the UK. The next round of cash in the Accelerating Innovation...

Developing a unique export proposition

Developing a unique export proposition

07.09.17: Britain has always been at the forefront of rail engineering and it is important that we maintain this reputation, writes Andy Milner, CEO of Amey and chair of the Exports Leadership Group (ELG). The UK rail industry is a catalyst of innova...

DfT launches consultation to improve transport for disabled passengers

DfT launches consultation to improve transport for disabled passengers

24.08.17: A plan to remove barriers for disabled people to use transport in the UK has today been launched for consultation by the DfT. Among some of the ideas in the draft accessibility action plan are ambitions to improve accessibility toilets on t...

GTR rolls out automatic delay compensation to Southern and Gatwick Express

GTR rolls out automatic delay compensation to Southern and Gatwick Express

24.08.17: Automatic delay repay compensation has now be rolled out to Southern and Gatwick Express passengers, GTR has today stated. Passengers with a Key smartcard will now receive compensation automatically for services that are delayed by 15 minut...

Passengers facing 3.6% rail fare hike from next year

Passengers facing 3.6% rail fare hike from next year

15.08.17: Passengers are set to see an unprecedented rise of 3.6% on regulated rail fares from January 2018, government statistics have today revealed – the largest hike since 2011 and significantly over this year’s 2.3% figure. The Offic...

Passengers paying more for cost of the railway than five years ago

Passengers paying more for cost of the railway than five years ago

14.08.17: Train companies operating margins as a proportion of revenue are now lower than they were when franchising began, statistics released by the Rail Delivery Group have shown. The organisation stated that around 97p of every pound collected fr...

RDG to start roll-out of digital railcards

RDG to start roll-out of digital railcards

08.08.17: A new innovation by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) is set to ensure that passengers will never miss out on a discount from a railcard again, as they will soon be able to store it digitally on their phones. For the first time, passengers will...

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Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

19/06/2018Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have walked out in a fresh dispute between the union and Northern Rail over a long-runnin... more >
TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

19/06/2018TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

Bosses from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Northern Rail cited failures in infrastructure being completed in time and last-minute change... more >
Labour to launch no confidence challenge against Grayling

19/06/2018Labour to launch no confidence challenge against Grayling

The transport secretary is under fire in parliament today as Labour looks to draft a motion of no confidence in the Commons. The party is us... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

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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 >