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Industry calls for further investment in rail

Industry calls for further investment in rail

14.06.12: A coalition of business and transport groups is calling for government to provide further investment in rail, ahead of the HLOS (high level output specification), due to be published next month. The British Chambers of Commerce, Campaign fo...

Widespread passenger confusion over fares

Widespread passenger confusion over fares

07.06.12: The ORR has done its own research into passenger confusion over ticketing and fare options, reinforcing the message found in other studies that many people find selecting and buying tickets “confusing and frustrating”. The termi...

Conditions of carriage revised

Conditions of carriage revised

30.05.12: Passenger rights and responsibilities have been made easier to understand with a revision of the National Rail Conditions of Carriage, following consultations with ATOC, ORR and the DfT. The conditions will now be more user-friendly, with a...

Campaign against rail reforms launched

Campaign against rail reforms launched

28.05.12: Rail unions are launching a new campaign, ‘Action for Rail’, to fight government reforms to the rail industry. Union leaders are opposed to the staffing and service cuts recommended by Sir Roy McNulty’s Rail Value for Mone...

Perils of TOCs’ ‘privatised justice’ for passengers with wrong tickets

Perils of TOCs’ ‘privatised justice’ for passengers with wrong tickets

22.05.12: Passengers face inconsistent treatment when they are unable to produce a valid ticket when asked, according to research from Passenger Focus, with consequences ranging from no action, to fines and even criminal prosecution. Passenger Focus...

Compensation review launched by ORR

Compensation review launched by ORR

11.05.12: The ORR is to review the compensation regime between Network Rail and train operators, and passenger awareness of their rights regarding compensation It has been claimed that less than 10% of the £184m paid to private firms for delays...

More MPs come out against McNulty proposals

More MPs come out against McNulty proposals

08.05.12: More than 100 MPs have now signed a Commons motion opposing the Government’s rail policies and the implementation of the McNulty value for money study recommendations. The early day motion, first tabled by Labour MP John McDonnell in...

Free rail travel for job starts

Free rail travel for job starts

01.05.12: MPs are supporting a scheme offering free rail travel worth up to £600 to people travelling for job interviews or new job starts in collaboration with c2c rail. Jobseekers are eligible for up to six free tickets to interviews and new...

Data published for construction procurement

Data published for construction procurement

26.04.12: To support the future of UK industry, Francis Maude and Vince Cable have published data on future public procurement needs across 13 different sectors, starting with construction. This aims to help government to work with industry to spot s...

Rail journeys hit new heights

Rail journeys hit new heights

26.04.12: The number of passenger journeys have reached record levels, according to latest data from the Office for Rail Regulation (ORR). In 2010-11, 1.16 billion journeys took place in Great Britain, up 8.9% from 2009-10. 769.8 million rail journey...

2013 fare rise could hit passengers

2013 fare rise could hit passengers

25.04.12: Train fares could rise by inflation plus 3% next year, as transport secretary Justine Greening admits the reduction to inflation plus 1% this January could not be guaranteed again. Speaking at a rail briefing in London, Greening stated that...

Financial difficulty ahead for Translink

Financial difficulty ahead for Translink

24.04.12: Translink is expected to move into the red next year according to its next three-year plan. The group includes Metro, Ulsterbus and NI Railways. The Department for Regional Development (DRD) analysis of the corporate plan anticipates that t...

‘Ticket office closure’ emails raised in Parliament

‘Ticket office closure’ emails raised in Parliament

20.04.12: Leaked emails in which DfT officials admit decisions on ticket office closures have already been made by ministers have been raised in Parliament. Shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle told the Commons yesterday: “I have here a leake...

Olympic audiences missing out on special fares

16.04.12: Very few 2012 Olympic Games ticket holders have so far booked train travel for the event, with the danger of missing out on advance rail fares specifically for this purpose, ATOC and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) have warned. New fig...

iRail competitors mentored by YRP

iRail competitors mentored by YRP

30.03.12: Young Railway Professionals (YRP) mentored students at the recent iRail event in Derby, with the aim of encouraging young people to consider a career in rail. Professor Andrew McNaughton, chief engineer of High Speed 2 Ltd announced the win...

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Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

17/04/2019Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

A new interactive map which lets passengers find out about accessibility at stations has been launched by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to help b... more >
Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

17/04/2019Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

Helium-filled balloons are causing hundreds of train delays at a cost of £1m in taxpayer money every year, Network Rail has revealed. ... more >
Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

17/04/2019Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

Plans for an £80m sea wall to protect the Dawlish coastal rail line from extreme weather have been by approved by Teignbridge District Coun... 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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West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to deliver on uplifting capacity and bettering services for people across the region ahead of TCR Midlands 2019. What do your roles as Ex... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... 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 >
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 >

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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 >