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Budget update: £291m for London’s DLR and boost for Transforming Cities Fund

Budget update: £291m for London’s DLR and boost for Transforming Cities Fund

30.10.18: The chancellor Phillip Hammond yesterday announced a boost in funding for London’s Docklands Light Railway and the Transforming Cities Fund. The DLR will receive £291m from the Housing Infrastructure Fund for support of essentia...

Grayling's review can get rail devolution back on track

Grayling's review can get rail devolution back on track

30.10.18: Jonathan Bray, director of the Urban Transport Group, states that the government rail sector review offers the opportunity to put control of the railways back where it belongs. Last month, the government launched what it called a ‘roo...

Budget: Hammond announces £37m for NPR and £20m for EWR

Budget: Hammond announces £37m for NPR and £20m for EWR

29.10.18: The Chancellor Phillip Hammond has today announced additional funding for the Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) and East-West Rail (EWR) projects. NPR, which will connect cities across the north of England, will receive £37m; and the EWR...

Rail industry leaders reveal the extent of damage of ‘boom and bust’ funding

Rail industry leaders reveal the extent of damage of ‘boom and bust’ funding

23.10.18: Industry leaders have revealed the damage caused by ‘boom and bust’ rail funding, hitting business’s recruitment, investment and SME’s. Ninety-nine per cent of the 120 senior executives questioned in a survey, carrie...

Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

19.10.18: Transport secretary Chris Grayling has agreed to proceed with a proposed ‘hybrid option’ for timetable changes this December, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has revealed. In a written submission to the Transport Committee’s...

Burnham: The north needs to move to ‘front of the queue’ for transport investment

Burnham: The north needs to move to ‘front of the queue’ for transport investment

08.10.18: The mayor of Greater Manchester has said that the north of England needs to move to “the front of the queue” for prioritisation of transport investment in order to take advantage of investment in the region. Speaking exclusively...

Progress on East West Rail project will allow building to begin next year

Progress on East West Rail project will allow building to begin next year

08.10.18: Progress on enabling works for the East West Rail (EWR) line are near completion, with the transport secretary arguing the new rail line between Oxford and Cambridge will “transform” travel for passengers. Transport secretary Ch...

Rail standards to stay even in case of ‘no-deal’ Brexit, RSSB confirms

Rail standards to stay even in case of ‘no-deal’ Brexit, RSSB confirms

05.10.18: Regardless of whether the government strikes a Brexit deal or not, the standards and protocols designed to promote safety across all EU railways will remain in place after the UK leaves the European Union, the RSSB has confirmed. The standa...

West Yorkshire to receive share of £840m funding to upgrade key rail connections

West Yorkshire to receive share of £840m funding to upgrade key rail connections

28.09.18: West Yorkshire Combined Authority has secured funding for upgrading connections to eight of its rail stations after Theresa May announced that the authority will receive a share of a £840m transport fund. The Department for Transport...

Northern to launch extended compensation scheme for regular travellers

Northern to launch extended compensation scheme for regular travellers

24.09.18: Northern has launched an extended compensation scheme to include regular travellers who don’t hold season tickets following the major disruption passengers had to endure in the summer. Transport for the North (TfN) has been working wi...

Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

20.09.18: The Transport Committee has urged the DfT to “be more specific about the economic rebalancing effects it intends to achieve” in regards to regions of the UK – such as the north east and south west ...

Major 2019 rail review led by BA boss will ‘leave no stone unturned’

Major 2019 rail review led by BA boss will ‘leave no stone unturned’

20.09.18: In response to the May timetable disruptions and longstanding concerns over what has been repeatedly branded a “broken” franchising system, the government has decided to formally launch a comprehensive review of the rail industry in...

DfT refuses to revisit scrapped electrification: ‘We will remain agnostic on solutions’

DfT refuses to revisit scrapped electrification: ‘We will remain agnostic on solutions’

19.09.18: Lilian Greenwood, chair of the Transport Committee, has urged Chris Grayling to take her work seriously after receiving what she considered to be a thoroughly disappointing response from the government to an in-depth infrastructure investigation...

DfT launches second round of £3.5m rail innovations competition

DfT launches second round of £3.5m rail innovations competition

19.09.18: Innovative ideas that transform experiences for rail passengers could receive a slice from a new £3.5m funding pot as part of a new government announcement made today. Rail minister Jo Johnson announced the First of a Kind competition...

TfN appoints single leader to oversee both infrastructure and operations in the north

TfN appoints single leader to oversee both infrastructure and operations in the north

18.09.18: Transport for the North (TfN) has announced that Richard George has been appointed by government to oversee both infrastructure and train operations in the region. George, who has extensive rail industry experience, will liaise with TfN in...

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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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Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

22/01/2019Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

techUK recently published its Future Mobility Services report in which it presented its vision of a multimodal, digitally-enabled, and customer-focused transport ecosystem – with the rail sector forming a major part of this. Jessica Russell, techUK’s programme manager for the Transport and Smart Cities groups under SmarterUK, repor... more >
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ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

22/01/2019ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

Track engineer Dan Collins explains how an app and an iPad are transforming track maintenance in Network Rail’s Western route. Carryin... more >
Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

22/01/2019Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

Paul Baines, sales director for rolling stock at Siemens Mobility Ltd, expands on the many benefits of the £1.5bn Deep Tube rolling stock c... more >
Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

22/01/2019Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

The high value of survey equipment used to collect geospatial data on the railways is increasingly attractive to opportunistic criminals. The Sur... more >
Repoint: revolutionising track switch

15/01/2019Repoint: revolutionising track switch

Sam Bemment, senior R&D engineer at Loughborough University, brings us an update on the Repoint project – a scheme which has transforme... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >