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DfT considers measures to reduce ‘safeguarding’ controls around HS1

DfT considers measures to reduce ‘safeguarding’ controls around HS1

06.07.17: A public consultation to look into lifting development restrictions around the site of HS1 will be opened by the DfT on Monday. The route, which was completed in 2007, runs between London St Pancras and the Channel Tunnel and is protected u...

GTR rolls out automatic delay compensation system for smartcard customers

GTR rolls out automatic delay compensation system for smartcard customers

06.07.17: GTR has this week announced a new system that will allow customers using a ‘key smartcard’ to be automatically compensated for delays to services of 15 minutes or more. Passenger on Great Northern and Thameslink who use the smar...

Supply chain raises concerns of Industrial Strategy delay

Supply chain raises concerns of Industrial Strategy delay

11.05.17: Senior members of the supply chain have raised concerns this week at Railtex that there could be delays to the Industrial Strategy, and that changing government priorities could force the important issue down the political agenda. Answering...

Virgin unveils new ticketing structure to save customers £7.1m a year

Virgin unveils new ticketing structure to save customers £7.1m a year

03.05.17: Virgin Trains has announced changes to its advanced ticketing prices that could lead to customers saving around £7.1m per year. Services on the East Coast will now allow customers to take advantage of cheaper advance fares on the day...

South East Flexible Ticketing programme soars millions over budget

South East Flexible Ticketing programme soars millions over budget

20.04.17: The South East Flexible Ticketing Programme (SEFT) has gone millions over budget and has failed to hit a number of its original key targets, a review of the programme conducted by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found. Originally, the p...

Many Southern passengers still unaware of compensation schemes

Many Southern passengers still unaware of compensation schemes

07.04.17: Concern has been raised that many Southern Rail commuters are still unaware of the compensation they are owed due to missed or delayed services on the operator’s trains, a survey released by Transport Focus (TF) has today stated. TF a...

International Standard for Collaborative Working in Business launched

International Standard for Collaborative Working in Business launched

31.03.17: A new International Standard for Collaborative Business relationships was launched this week at the Shard, as the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW) alongside the Warwick Business School and British Standards Institute (BSI) made the anno...

Whitehall dismisses plans for further rail devolution to Wales

Whitehall dismisses plans for further rail devolution to Wales

31.03.17: Central government has rejected plans for further devolution of rail powers and responsibilities to Wales, the Welsh Affairs Committee has today confirmed. In January, Welsh MPs submitted a request for devolution to the region as it cited a...

ORR: Rail fares rise below inflation for second successive year

ORR: Rail fares rise below inflation for second successive year

30.03.17: Rail fares have risen below inflation for the second year in a row, new statistics released by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) have today revealed. The news follows a radical overhaul of ticketing that was introduced at the start of Febru...

Almost 1.5 million eTickets sold six months after introduction

Almost 1.5 million eTickets sold six months after introduction

27.03.17: Newly released figures of eTicket sales have shown that over one million have been sold since the modern system was first implemented last year. The eTicket scheme, which was first offered to customers by Virgin Trains West Coast in August...

Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

23.03.17: Justin Stenner, head of technology for Heathrow Express, considers the  benefits and drawbacks of implementing e-ticketing on rail services. Setting up e-ticketing should be easy – right? Make an app, get users to sign up, job do...

Forgetful passengers to be refunded railcard penalties

Forgetful passengers to be refunded railcard penalties

22.03.17: A new scheme will allow passengers who are charged extra for travelling without a railcard to claim their money back at least once per year, effective immediately, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has announced. Passengers carrying a railcard...

Automatic compensation to be rolled out on Northern, TPE and East Anglia shortly

Automatic compensation to be rolled out on Northern, TPE and East Anglia shortly

21.03.17: Several franchises have made commitments to the DfT to pay automatic compensation to customers in some way this year, the department has told an influential group of MPs. Addressing the Transport Select Committee inquiry about rail compensa...

Pioneering scheme equips Edinburgh Airport to sell London rail tickets

Pioneering scheme equips Edinburgh Airport to sell London rail tickets

20.03.17: Passengers travelling from Edinburgh to London’s airports will for the first time be able to purchase their express rail tickets into the capital from ticket agents in Scotland. The idea has been brought in to encourage passengers to...

Grayling puts backing behind TfN sub-national proposal

Grayling puts backing behind TfN sub-national proposal

17.03.17: Transport secretary Chris Grayling has this week formally welcomed and supported Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) proposal to become England’s first sub-national transport body. Should the proposal be successful, it would...

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TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

20/07/2018TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

A landmark collaboration between two of the UK’s biggest regions has been signed to pave the way to improve rail transport between the area... more >
DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

19/07/2018DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

GTR could be at risk of losing control of its franchise as early as this month depending on the outcome of a “hard review” into wheth... more >
Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19/07/2018Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create a parkway station on the... 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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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), talk about four new HS2 research projects which are set to challenge how we design, build and monitor high-speed rail projects. No one doubts that HS2 must provide a platform for innovation, bu... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17/07/2018Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >