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Zero carbon commitment for TfGM

Zero carbon commitment for TfGM

20.06.13: Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is committing to becoming carbon neutral by 2033, it will announce at the Ticket to Kyoto (T2K) conference today. T2K is a European partnership to reduce carbon emissions in public transport, and has...

Smart ticketing launched for Manchester

Smart ticketing launched for Manchester

17.06.13: TfGM has introduced a new smart ticketing system for Manchester, to be known as the ‘get me there’ scheme. It will cover Metrolink trams, buses and rail services with roll-out beginning next year. The name has already proved con...

RSSB forms partnership with Network Rail Consulting

RSSB forms partnership with Network Rail Consulting

03.06.13: Network Rail Consulting and the RSSB have signed a memorandum of understanding to secure overseas business, which deputy chief executive Anson Jack (pictured) highlighted as an “ideal” strategic partnership. It will allow the or...

Transport infrastructure is the backbone of economy – ministers

Transport infrastructure is the backbone of economy – ministers

24.05.13: More investment in strategic transport infrastructure and services is needed to meet growing demand, ministers agreed in a joint Declaration on Funding Transport during their 2013 Summit in Leipzig, Germany. The Global Summit of Transport M...

NAO criticisms of HS2 are ‘out of date’ - DfT

NAO criticisms of HS2 are ‘out of date’ - DfT

17.05.13: The Government has rejected the NAO report published yesterday which criticised the business case for HS2, as it publishes a draft Environmental Statement confirming major new stretches of tunnelling for the high-speed line. The NAO identif...

Railtex 2013 opens its doors

Railtex 2013 opens its doors

30.04.13: Rail minister Simon Burns MP has marked Railtex 2013 officially open. Ahead of his keynote speech at 11.50, the minister called it an “important exhibition” and noted that in a digital age, face-to-face meetings were vital. He s...

Railcards and advance fares boost market share

Railcards and advance fares boost market share

29.04.13: Rail’s market share of 10 of the most popular domestic air routes in Britain has risen to 46% in the last year, up from 29% in 2006, according to new data from ATOC. The use of Railcard has risen by 93%, with senior Railcards up 145%...

Railway Package fails to address rail’s ‘real problems’ – MPs

Railway Package fails to address rail’s ‘real problems’ – MPs

23.04.13: The European Commission’s 4th Railway Package focuses too much on liberalising the railways at the expense of measures to improve cross-border freight and passenger services, the Transport Committee has warned. MPs broadly welcomed th...

Rail Delivery Group asks for industry support

Rail Delivery Group asks for industry support

19.04.13: The Rail Delivery Group has said it is “essential” that it gets support from the rest of the industry and the regulators if it is to achieve its aim of making the industry more efficient and meeting the unit costs savings challenge. ...

Passengers paying more for railway – ORR

Passengers paying more for railway – ORR

18.04.13: The proportion of cost of the railway paid for by passengers is rising, new data from the ORR shows. The GB Rail Financial Information 2011-12 report puts the total cost of the railways at £11.61bn, up 2.9% on the previous year. Howev...

Print your tickets at home for Chiltern Railways

Print your tickets at home for Chiltern Railways

11.04.13: Chiltern Railways is introducing plain paper ticketing, to allow business customers to book and reserve seats with a ticket they can print off at home. Developed in partnership with Evolvi Rail Systems, the system allows passengers to book...

RDG associate membership open

RDG associate membership open

03.04.13: The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) is now inviting applications for Associate Membership to the group. The RDG works to lead the industry on developing and issuing policies, strategies and promotion of their adoption across rail. Interested part...

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&...

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Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

19/07/2019Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

A review of the Rail North Partnership, headed by Leeds Council leader cllr Judith Blake and rail minister Andrew Jones, has set out recommendati... more >
TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

19/07/2019TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

Transport for London (TfL) have announced that 4G will be available on parts of the London Underground from March 2020. The eastern half of ... more >
Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

19/07/2019Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

An international study of light rail systems has identified Metrolink as one of the best in the world. The system was rated as fifth best in... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >