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Single open network for European rail proposed

Single open network for European rail proposed

19.09.12: Europe should develop a single integrated rail network with open competition and common standards, the EU Transport Commissioner has suggested. Siim Kallas told delegates at InnoTrans yesterday that this could relieve congested roads across...

Centro cuts energy consumption by 9%

Centro cuts energy consumption by 9%

14.09.12: Energy consumption has been reduced by 9% at Centro’s Birmingham offices – 3% above target, according to the latest Annual Environmental Performance Report 2011/12. Recycling rates are up by 2.5% and business mileage is down by...

Passengers in the east subsidising other railway lines

Passengers in the east subsidising other railway lines

11.09.12: An Ipswich MP is calling for increased investment in the rail network in the east, since he says passengers in the region are subsidising lines in other parts of England. Ben Gummer MP has obtained figures which show that passengers using r...

McLoughlin to examine rail fares structure

McLoughlin to examine rail fares structure

06.09.12: New transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has pledged to examine the structure rail operators use to set fares. He said that there were “anomalies” which must be addressed, but added that there was no easy answer to rising fare...

Industry responds to new transport secretary appointment

Industry responds to new transport secretary appointment

05.09.12: Campaign groups and unions in the rail industry have responded to the appointment of Patrick McLoughlin as the new transport secretary. McLoughlin, the former chief whip, replaces Justine Greening, who in turn has moved after just 11 months...

Rail fare increases should be capped at RPI+1% – Eagle

Rail fare increases should be capped at RPI+1% – Eagle

05.09.12: An Opposition Day debate on rail fares is being held this afternoon in the House of Commons. Labour is seeking to impose a 1% above inflation cap on future increases in rail fares. This would prevent price hikes of up to 11% in January 2013...

Rail subsidies should be reduced to zero – IEA

Rail subsidies should be reduced to zero – IEA

05.09.12: Government subsidies to the rail industry should be scrapped, the Transport Select Committee heard yesterday at their inquiry on rail freight, franchising and reactions to the HLOS. Dr Richard Wellings, deputy editor of the Institute of Eco...

Patrick McLoughlin appointed transport secretary

Patrick McLoughlin appointed transport secretary

04.09.12: The former chief whip takes the role of transport secretary, replacing Justine Greening. Greening has been promoted to international development secretary. McLoughlin’s position as chief whip has been taken on by Andrew Mitchell....

Transport Committee takes evidence on HLOS

Transport Committee takes evidence on HLOS

04.09.12: The Transport Committee is taking oral evidence today in relation to its Rail 2020 inquiry into reform of the railways. The session will focus on freight, franchising, reactions to the HLOS and opportunities to generate income from stations...

Eagle calls for a public sector comparator for rail

Eagle calls for a public sector comparator for rail

28.08.12: The east coast mainline should remain in public control, the shadow transport secretary has suggested. Labour’s Maria Eagle has asserted that the mainly privatised rail network would benefit from a “public sector comparator”.&n...

Guidance to promote cycling to stations launched

Guidance to promote cycling to stations launched

22.08.12: A new Cycle-Rail Toolkit has been launched to aid train operators and passengers in improving coordination of the two modes of transport. Announcing the scheme, transport minister Norman Baker called it a “win-win”. Developed by...

Fares ‘revolt’ expected by Tory and Lib Dem MPs

Fares ‘revolt’ expected by Tory and Lib Dem MPs

20.08.12: The Government could face a revolt by Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs over rail fares when they return to parliament next month, as critics suggest commuters in marginal seats will revoke their support for the Coalition. In January, u...

‘Day of action’ against fare rises

‘Day of action’ against fare rises

16.08.12: There has been fierce opposition to rail fare increases which were announced on Tuesday. Regulated fares will rise by up to an average of 6.2% in 2013, with some fares set to rise by as much as 11.2%.  The increases were calculated on...

Government announces 6.2% fare increases for 2013

Government announces 6.2% fare increases for 2013

14.08.12: Regulated rail fares rises are set to rise by 6.2% next year, the Government has announced.  Passengers, unions and campaign groups are holding a national day of action against the proposed increases, which could see some commuter fare...

Fares to rise faster than wages – Campaign for Better Transport

Fares to rise faster than wages – Campaign for Better Transport

13.08.12: The Campaign for Better Transport has urged the Government to scrap plans to increase regulated fares by 3% above inflation, as to do so would mean fares rising three times faster than salaries. The fare rises will be based on 3% above July...

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ScotRail submits £18m improvement plan in response to government improvement notice

25/03/2019ScotRail submits £18m improvement plan in response to government improvement notice

Under-fire train operator ScotRail has unveiled an £18m remedial plan to recruit more staff and bring in additional high-speed trains in re... more >
Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

25/03/2019Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

Network Rail has launched a consultation on a multi-million long-term redevelopment plan for Edinburgh’s Waverley Station. With annual... more >
Failings found as passengers on stranded train walk on live track in ‘potentially lethal’ incident, RAIB says

25/03/2019Failings found as passengers on stranded train walk on live track in ‘potentially lethal’ incident, RAIB says

Dozens of passengers left “increasingly uncomfortable” on a stranded train at Lewisham left their train and walked along icy tracks s... 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 West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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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 >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... 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 >