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MPs call for different approach to fares

MPs call for different approach to fares

04.01.13: The DfT should create a more modern and flexible ticketing system and rule out further fare rises for commuters who must use peak-time trains, MPs have recommended. The Transport Select Committee has published its Rail 2020 report, examinin...

Baker under fire over fares claims

Baker under fire over fares claims

03.01.13: Rail minister Norman Baker has been widely criticised in the press today for suggesting in a radio interview yesterday that rail fare increases are not as high as the media has suggested. Overall, ticket prices increased by an average of 3....

Regulated fares rise by 4.2%

Regulated fares rise by 4.2%

02.01.13: Rail fares for commuters have increased by an average of 4.2%, with overall ticket prices rising by 3.9%. The rise was announced in August, and the regulated fares increase was originally set at RPI + 3% but was reduced in October to RPI +...

The Future of Rail is in your hands

The Future of Rail is in your hands

01.01.13: Rail Champions founder and managing director Chris Williams-Lilley reports back from the recent Future of Rail Conference, and RTM also hears from conference producer Matthew Edwards. I'm having to change the habit of a lifetime – tha...

Towards a pan-European information system

Towards a pan-European information system

01.01.13: UITP (International Association of Public Transport) secretary general Alain Flausch spoke to RTM about the aspiration for a single, inter-operable ticketing and information system across European public transport. The International Associa...

Vertical separation discussed at rail conference

Vertical separation discussed at rail conference

21.12.12: The conclusions from the second EU Rail Policy Conference have now been published. The event, held in Brussels on November 28, featured a comprehensive and in-depth discussion of the European Commission’s proposals for the 4th railway...

Transport Committee set to grill Laidlaw

Transport Committee set to grill Laidlaw

17.12.12: Sam Laidlaw, author of the recent report into the West Coast franchising chaos, is to appear before the Transport Select Committee tomorrow, as it attempts to ascertain the precise nature of the mistakes made by DfT officials. One of the ke...

Rail Technical Strategy 2012 published

Rail Technical Strategy 2012 published

14.12.12: The new edition of the Rail Technical Strategy has been launched, outlining the industry’s 30-year vision for the railway. The RTS 2012 has been developed through the Technical Strategy Leadership Group (TSLG), which includes represen...

Contactless ticket payment trialled at Chiltern Railways

Contactless ticket payment trialled at Chiltern Railways

12.12.12: Chiltern Railways has become the first train operating company in the UK to launch contactless payment for train tickets. The technology is being trialled between Great Missenden and London Marylebone and has been developed by Parkeon Trans...

Train fares up 26% since 2008 – TUC

Train fares up 26% since 2008 – TUC

11.12.12: Average train fares are increasing almost three times faster than wages, new research from the TUC indicates. Rail ticket prices have risen by over 26% since 2008, the TUC stated as part of its Action for Rail campaign. Today campaigners wi...

Regulated fares to rise 4.2%

Regulated fares to rise 4.2%

07.12.12: Train companies have published all 2013 ticket prices, with the average increase from January confirmed at 4.2%. The rise applies to season tickets and peak fares, with other unregulated fares to rise at the operator’s discretion. Som...

‘Uncomfortable reading’ as Laidlaw report published

‘Uncomfortable reading’ as Laidlaw report published

06.12.12: The DfT has finally published the Laidlaw report, which concludes that the West Coast franchise process failed because of an accumulation of significant errors. The report, commissioned by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin, highlights...

Welsh taskforce set up for integrated rail system

Welsh taskforce set up for integrated rail system

05.12.12: A metro-style rail system task force is being set up in south east Wales to push forward plans to connect the region. The system would enable passengers to travel across the region in 45 minutes from either Cardiff or Newport. Transport min...

Civil servant feels ‘scapegoated’ over West Coast suspension

Civil servant feels ‘scapegoated’ over West Coast suspension

30.11.12: One of the senior civil servants suspended over the West Coast contract fiasco has appealed to the High Court to overturn that decision. Kate Mingay is the director of commercial and technical services at the DfT and chaired a committee tha...

Season tickets to rise 6.5% in 2013

Season tickets to rise 6.5% in 2013

28.11.12: Some rail fares are to rise to 6.5% for season ticket holders in England, Scotland and Wales in January. Last month Prime Minister David Cameron intervened to limit average rises to 1% above inflation for the next two years but the average rise...

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Maritime Transport launch new rail services

17/07/2019Maritime Transport launch new rail services

Maritime Transport has launched two new rail services from DP World London Gateway to its rail terminals in Trafford Park and Wakefield. It ... more >
Campaign for Windsor Link Railway to be revived

17/07/2019Campaign for Windsor Link Railway to be revived

A campaign for a rail link between Windsor and Heathrow Airport is to be revived, after the scheme was turned down by the Department for Transpor... more >
Conwy Valley Line to partly reopen tomorrow

17/07/2019Conwy Valley Line to partly reopen tomorrow

The Conwy Valley line is set to reopen for passengers ahead of the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst, Network Rail has announced. Llandud... 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 >