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Alstom and Siemens backtrack and submit new concessions for rail merger ahead of European Commission vote

Alstom and Siemens backtrack and submit new concessions for rail merger ahead of European Commission vote

28.01.19: Alstom and Siemens have offered new concessions to try to satisfy antitrust demands from the European Commission over their plans to merge and create a European rail champion, forcing Margrethe Vestager to reassess the merger at the last minute....

Plans for tram-trains in Manchester unveiled as Grayling and Burnham mull expansion of Metrolink

Plans for tram-trains in Manchester unveiled as Grayling and Burnham mull expansion of Metrolink

25.01.19: Proposals for an expansion of Greater Manchester’s (GM) tram network are in the works, Chris Grayling and Andy Burnham have announced, with plans for greater devolved control for the region and the introduction of tram-trains being conside...

TfL admits ‘disappointing’ Elizabeth Line progress but restates commitment to delivering Crossrail 2

TfL admits ‘disappointing’ Elizabeth Line progress but restates commitment to delivering Crossrail 2

25.01.19: TfL has said it remains fully committed to delivering Crossrail 2 in papers published ahead of next week’s board meeting, but revealed it is disappointed with progress on the completion of the Elizabeth Line. In the papers, the London...

Grayling: government will not 'betray' Midlands or north and will deliver HS2

Grayling: government will not 'betray' Midlands or north and will deliver HS2

25.01.19: The transport secretary has reaffirmed that the government is committed to delivering the second phase of HS2 in its entirety, claiming that failure to deliver it would be a “dereliction” of government duties to improve people’...

Regional leaders urge major parties to publicly back building HS2 Phase 2 route

Regional leaders urge major parties to publicly back building HS2 Phase 2 route

24.01.19: Bodies from the Midlands and the north of England have written an open letter to the leaders of the four major parties calling for them to publicly commit to building Phase 2 of the £56bn HS2 route. The letter penned by the Northern P...

Siemens-Alstom merger on the brink as French and German officials rally support

Siemens-Alstom merger on the brink as French and German officials rally support

23.01.19: Officials from the French and German governments are frantically lobbying to try and save the Siemens-Alstom merger after the EU’s top competition official has said she isn’t swayed by the seemingly final antitrust concessions made b...

Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

22.01.19: The proposed rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre must be built “as a matter of urgency,” according to opposition parties making a cross-party plea at Holyrood. Plans to connect the city centre to the airport in...

Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

22.01.19: 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 Russel...

Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

18.01.19: Crossrail has begun operating test trains on the Elizabeth Line, restarting a crucial part of testing after months of setbacks and delays. Two test trains will operate on the line during the first week of the main dynamic testing phase whic...

Siemens and Alstom prepared to walk away from merger if EU Commission rejects concessions

Siemens and Alstom prepared to walk away from merger if EU Commission rejects concessions

17.01.19: Siemens and Alstom will reportedly offer no further concessions to European regulators in their bid to merge their operations and form a European rail champion. The controversial Franco-German rail merger has been heavily criticised and the...

West Midlands promises rail revolution in new detailed 30-year strategy

West Midlands promises rail revolution in new detailed 30-year strategy

16.01.19: The West Midlands has set out its short- and long-term plan for rail in the region, promising new passenger services and stations and to build on the benefits of high-speed rail. Launched by the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), the &lsq...

Council and business leaders issue warning over investment in HS2 plans for the north east

Council and business leaders issue warning over investment in HS2 plans for the north east

15.01.19: Business leaders and local councils have written to the HS2 chairman calling for urgent investment in the East Coast Main Line (ECML), warning that without money for high-speed rail in the north east, HS2 risks harming the region. In a join...

German watchdog raises ‘serious doubts’ over Siemens-Alstom merger in latest blow

German watchdog raises ‘serious doubts’ over Siemens-Alstom merger in latest blow

15.01.19: Germany’s competition watchdog has raised “serious doubts” over the proposed Siemens-Alstom merger and said its objections still stand despite the concessions offered by the French and German rail companies. A letter seen...

Huddersfield rail electrification to be included in £2.9bn TransPennine upgrade in revealed ‘confidential’ information

Huddersfield rail electrification to be included in £2.9bn TransPennine upgrade in revealed ‘confidential’ information

15.01.19: The long-awaited £2.9bn upgrade to the TransPennine rail route may also include the partial electrification of the line between Huddersfield and Leeds and Manchester Victoria and Stalybridge after a councillor revealed “confidential&...

ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

15.01.19: Ahead of CP6, Howard Taylor, cost manager of railway planning and performance at the ORR, dives deep into the regulator’s assessment of what an ‘efficient’ Network Rail means in practice. For most of 2018, a great many peo...

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Government’s role in new passenger-centric railway ‘will have to change’, says Williams Review lead

21/03/2019Government’s role in new passenger-centric railway ‘will have to change’, says Williams Review lead

The man leading the Williams Rail Review has warned that the government’s role in the UK railways “will have to change” as the ... more >
Government promises to look ‘very carefully’ at £218m bid for second Chelmsford station

21/03/2019Government promises to look ‘very carefully’ at £218m bid for second Chelmsford station

The government will look “very carefully” at a £218m funding bid for a new railway station in Chelmsford, Theresa May has said.... more >
Carillion-bound boss appointed to lead Kier

20/03/2019Carillion-bound boss appointed to lead Kier

Kier has appointed Andrew Davies as its new chief executive, two months after the building contractor ousted Hayden Mursell on the back of debt i... 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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The West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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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 >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... 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 >