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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...

CP6: Room for improvement

CP6: Room for improvement

15.01.19: Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), assesses Network Rail’s confirmed spending plans for CP6. The 31 October may be more popularly known as Halloween, but in the rail industry all eyes were on the...

London trams to be fitted with automatic braking system in response to Sandilands recommendations

London trams to be fitted with automatic braking system in response to Sandilands recommendations

14.01.19: London’s tram network is to be fitted with an automatic braking system in response to safety recommendations following the fatal Croydon tram crash. The new safety measures will automatically apply brakes and bring a tram to a control...

Deutsche Bahn may sell Arriva to plug multi-billion gap in finances

Deutsche Bahn may sell Arriva to plug multi-billion gap in finances

14.01.19: Deutsche Bahn (DB) reportedly wants to sell Arriva in order to plug a £3.6bn gap in its finances, although reports from Berlin say Brexit is making it hard to value the rail business. The German rail operator is holding crisis talks w...

HS2 could run fewer and slower trains to keep within budget and schedule, warns chief executive

HS2 could run fewer and slower trains to keep within budget and schedule, warns chief executive

14.01.19: HS2 could be forced to run fewer trains and at slower speeds in order to keep the high-speed rail project within its £56m budget, its chief executive has said. The flagship project will establish a high-speed rail link between London...

Rail industry urges policymakers to save Crossrail 2 in wake of major Crossrail delays

Rail industry urges policymakers to save Crossrail 2 in wake of major Crossrail delays

10.01.19: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has urged Crossrail policymakers not to postpone Crossrail 2 after it emerged that there are “thousands of hours of construction work still to be done” on Crossrail. Following discussions a...

£10.6m Horden station gets the green light

£10.6m Horden station gets the green light

09.01.19: Proposals to build a new £10.55m railway station in East Durham by 2020 have been given the go-ahead today after being granted planning permission. Two 100-metre platforms will be built at Horden, near Peterlee, along with a footbridg...

Sir Terry Morgan launches attack on TfL and claims it altered his reports on Crossrail’s progress

Sir Terry Morgan launches attack on TfL and claims it altered his reports on Crossrail’s progress

09.01.19: Former Crossrail chair Sir Terry Morgan has accused TfL of altering reports on the scheme's progress and manipulating the information on whether the flagship project would be delayed. Appearing before the London Assembly’s Transport C...

Concerns raised over HS2 as Treasury chief warns government must be prepared to scrap ‘white elephant’ projects

Concerns raised over HS2 as Treasury chief warns government must be prepared to scrap ‘white elephant’ projects

08.01.19: Chief secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss has warned that HS2 could be scrapped as she said the government must be prepared to “junk white elephant” projects after Brexit. Truss is leading a major government spending review this...

Northern owner Deutsche Bahn wants compensation from Network Rail over extensive delays and disruption

Northern owner Deutsche Bahn wants compensation from Network Rail over extensive delays and disruption

07.01.19: Deutsche Bahn has demanded Network Rail pay compensation for the extensive delays in electrifying its under fire Northern rail franchise. First reported in the Telegraph, the parent company of Arriva Rail North, who run the struggling opera...

Stagecoach took £35m from rail franchise before abandoning East Coast Main Line

Stagecoach took £35m from rail franchise before abandoning East Coast Main Line

07.01.19: Transport giant Stagecoach took out £35m from the East Midlands Trains franchise before it abandoned the London-to-Edinburgh East Coast Main Line (ECML) less than a year later, it has been revealed. The massive dividend represents a &...

Ambitious £10bn plans for Gatwick Heathrow HS4Air rail service rejected

Ambitious £10bn plans for Gatwick Heathrow HS4Air rail service rejected

04.01.19: Plans to build a new £10bn high-speed rail service connecting HS1 with HS2 via Gatwick and Heathrow airports have been rejected by the DfT. The ambitious plans would see passengers able to travel between Heathrow and Gatwick in under...

Northern under fire over £31m government subsidy ‘secret payments’

Northern under fire over £31m government subsidy ‘secret payments’

04.01.19: The RMT union has criticised “secret extra payments” funded by taxpayers given to Northern Rail after it was found that the government paid the train operator a total of £31m more than previously announced since the franchise b...

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Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

22/03/2019Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

A new £208m Belfast Transport Hub with major rail and bus connections has been granted planning permission by the Department of Infrastruct... more >
New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

22/03/2019New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

New measures of train punctuality are to be released by train operators and Network Rail next month in a bid to improve performance. The Rai... more >
FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

22/03/2019FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

FirstGroup has finalised a £100m order for Hitachi AT300 electric trainsets in a partnership between the two companies to create a new Lond... 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 >