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ATOC Welcomes Government’s Rail Strategy

26.07.07: ATOC Welcomes Government’s Rail Strategy as Positive Step Forward for Passengers The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) says that train operators welcome the Government’s renewed commitment to providing more capacit...

Resurgent railway gets strategy for 30 years of growth

26.07.07: A railway that will expand to carry at least 180 million more passengers is at the heart of the Department for Transport's rail White Paper. Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly announced that capacity will increase to cope with more than 20 per...

The truth is out there

23.07.07: Once upon a time, Siemens Transportation Systems won a £50 million Network Rail contract to provide replacement signalling, telecommunications and electrical supply works for the Portsmouth Area Infrastructure Project. The project inv...

Performance and efficiency continue to improve-ORR

19.07.07: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has published its national rail review and Network Rail monitor covering the fourth quarter of 2006-07. The look back on the last quarter shows an industry in which train operators have built upon improve...

Suppliers still critical of Network Rail

01.05.07: RTM has recently received a number of complaints from suppliers about the way in which Network Rail has managed the product approval process. One of the main complaints is about very long delays in processing applications and products not being...

Accessibility to improve at more stations

01.03.07: Accessibility is to improve at 161 stations in England and Wales, Rail Minister Tom Harris has announced. Over £6 million has been allocated in the third round of the Department for Transport's Access for All small schemes funding programm...

Greater Manchester takes next step in major transport funding bid

01.01.07: Greater Manchester leaders met recently to consider a report on the next step towards their July bid to the Government’s Transport Innovation Fund, which could be worth over £1 billion in transport improvements for the city region. ...

ICE calls for high speed link study

01.01.07: A report by The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has urged the Government to recognise the need for integrated long term transport planning and for planning of all transport systems along the lines of Transport 21, the Republic of Ireland&rs...

TransLink invests in IndigoVision’s IP video technology

01.01.07: IndigoVision has won a prestigious contract for TransLink in Vancouver, Canada to upgrade the 880 camera CCTV system on SkyTrain, the world’s largest automated light rapid transit system. SkyTrain transports 200,000 passengers a day along...

Silverlink franchise extended until November 2007

01.09.06: The Department for Transport has confirmed that Silverlink's train franchise will be extended from 15 October 2006 to 11 November 2007. There will be an investment of £97 million in services. New terms have been introduced to encourag...

Four bidders short-listed for London Rail Concession

01.07.06: Transport for London (TfL) has announced that four companies have been short-listed to proceed to the next phase of the bidding process for the London Rail Concession, a project, due for completion in 2010, which will comprise the operation of t...

Three new rail franchises proposed

01.07.06: The Department of Transport has launched consultations on key specifications regarding three new rail franchises. The consultations will seek views on proposals for the minimum levels of service that future operators of the East Midlands, W...

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Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

18/06/2019Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

Record figures of rail passenger journeys have been recorded in England, Scotland and Wales, according to the most recent quarterly report by the... more >
Rail union Aslef launches 'On Track with Diversity' report at Houses of Parliament

18/06/2019Rail union Aslef launches 'On Track with Diversity' report at Houses of Parliament

Train drivers’ union Aslef launched its On Track with Diversity report at the Houses of Parliament on Monday, as it looks to increase ... more >
Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... 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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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >