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‘We were right’, says Branson as McLoughlin apologises

‘We were right’, says Branson as McLoughlin apologises

03.10.12: The Government has cancelled the award of the West Coast franchise to FirstGroup after “technical flaws” emerged in the bid evaluation process, forcing the whole thing to be scrapped. It is unclear this morning who will run serv...

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...

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North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deli... more >
Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

16/08/2019Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on the Metrolink network... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from Fran... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... 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

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >