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Campaigners ask Grayling for dedicated rail reopenings fund

Campaigners ask Grayling for dedicated rail reopenings fund

14.05.18: Transport secretary Chris Grayling will receive a letter today urging him to him to introduce a new fund to pay for the opening of additional railway lines and stations. The letter, signed by over 4,000 people, calls on Grayling to establish a...

Rail industry to seek national ideas for ‘root and branch’ fares reform in June

Rail industry to seek national ideas for ‘root and branch’ fares reform in June

08.05.18: The rail industry will move ahead with “root and branch” reform of rail fare regulation by launching a public consultation on 4 June spanning the whole country in order to establish a roadmap for change, it has been announced. I...

A chance to rebuild trust

A chance to rebuild trust

01.05.18: The rail industry has a major trust problem, with passengers finding it difficult to navigate compensation claims after they suffer through delays and unreliable services. But Alex Hayman, Which? managing director of public markets, says smart t...

Lower prices could lure 40% of non-rail users into trains, study finds

Lower prices could lure 40% of non-rail users into trains, study finds

19.04.18: Trains are too expensive, according to those who prefer to travel by other means. According to a report, ‘Tomorrow’s passengers: understanding how to make rail travel more attractive to infrequent and non-users’, published by...

Organisation launched to represent northern rail industry

Organisation launched to represent northern rail industry

18.04.18: The launch of a new organisation representing the northern rail industry has been announced. Northern Rail Industry Leaders (NRIL) says that it will aim to deliver the skills, innovation and talent required for the north’s ambitious trans...

‘Honest’ fare-dodgers allowed to appeal penalty fares under new rule

‘Honest’ fare-dodgers allowed to appeal penalty fares under new rule

06.04.18: Penalty fare rules for rail passengers have been altered to offer better protection to those who make honest mistakes, rail minister Jo Johnson has announced. With that, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has published new best practice gui...

ORR: ‘More to be done’ to ensure passengers get best ticket for journey

ORR: ‘More to be done’ to ensure passengers get best ticket for journey

28.03.18: New easier to use machines and clearer language have helped more passengers buy the right ticket for their journey from station vending machines, according to research by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). Mystery shopping research revealed tha...

Scottish ministers reveal new 10-year rail investment strategy

Scottish ministers reveal new 10-year rail investment strategy

20.03.18: Scotland’s national transport body has revealed its new decade-long rail investment strategy today, signalling a move towards a “pipeline-based approach” to funding new projects. Transport Scotland’s Rail Enhancement...

‘Millennial railcard’ website crashes due to ‘unprecedented’ demand

‘Millennial railcard’ website crashes due to ‘unprecedented’ demand

14.03.18: The website selling “millennial railcards” crashed as the new cards went on sale yesterday. Passengers aged 26-30 were supposed to be able to buy the railcards, giving a third off most rail fares in Britain, for the first time as pa...

A whole-journey approach

A whole-journey approach

27.02.18: Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, argues the government must take action on what passengers most want to see improved across the network: value for money. ‘Connecting people: a strategic vision...

There is still much more to do: avoiding the boom and bust in CP6

There is still much more to do: avoiding the boom and bust in CP6

30.01.18: Reflecting on the triumphs of the past year, Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), assesses what the government needs to do to ensure the rail industry avoids a potential ‘boom and bust’ scenario w...

RIA agrees deal to work more closely with supply chain in East Midlands

RIA agrees deal to work more closely with supply chain in East Midlands

29.01.18: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) and Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) detailing how the two organisations will work more closely together in the future. The MoU details how the two bodies wil...

Forward look: 2018, CP6 and its context

Forward look: 2018, CP6 and its context

26.01.18: Neil Robertson, chief executive of the National Skills Academy for Rail, makes three key predictions on what’s next for the rail industry in 2018. It’s the time of year for looking forwards (hopefully positively), and I’ve...

A public and private sector partnership

A public and private sector partnership

23.01.18: Paul Plummer, chief executive of Rail Delivery Group, explores the ways in which the rail industry is changing and evolving in order to bring its long-term improvement plan to life. It would be fair to say that the rail industry is involved...

Critics slam ‘staggering’ 3.4% rail fare hike as it comes into force

Critics slam ‘staggering’ 3.4% rail fare hike as it comes into force

02.01.18: Railway stations across England have become the backdrop to protests today as the highest rail fare increase in five years comes into force. The 3.4% raise, announced last year, has prompted anger from unions and the Opposition, which descr...

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Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

12/10/2018Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

Rail commuters could continue to face disruption until major changes are made to the rail franchising system in 2020, following the transport sec... more >
£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

12/10/2018£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

Work to upgrade the route between Doncaster and northern Lincolnshire has begun as Network Rail invests more than £15m in rail freight in t... more >
How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

12/10/2018How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

The managing director for Crossrail 2 has outlined the plans for cutting costs for Crossrail 2, stating that TfL “need to make it more affo... 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 >