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GTR to produce report on feasibility of flexible ticketing

GTR to produce report on feasibility of flexible ticketing

21.11.16: Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will produce a report on the feasibility of “innovative flexible ticket types” throughout the franchise, the transport minister said today. Answering a written question from Baroness Randerson, the...

Chancellor urged to focus on small rail improvements in Autumn Statement

Chancellor urged to focus on small rail improvements in Autumn Statement

18.11.16: Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) has urged the chancellor to use the Autumn Statement to invest in small and local rail projects. The pressure group’s submission to the statement, which will be made on 23 November, was focused on t...

TOCs will now have to monitor passenger compensation awareness

TOCs will now have to monitor passenger compensation awareness

17.11.16: Four months after the ORR promised to continue its drive to improve compensation, the DfT has revealed it will monitor rail franchisees to check that they are keeping passengers informed of their right to compensation. The department publis...

‘Urgent action’ needed to deliver part-time season tickets, says CBT

‘Urgent action’ needed to deliver part-time season tickets, says CBT

15.11.16: Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) renewed its calls for part-time season tickets as it backed a week of campaigning for smarter commuting. The pressure group said that current arrangements for season tickets do not help part-time workers...

Maynard refuses to confirm 2023 deadline for Midland Main Line electrification

Maynard refuses to confirm 2023 deadline for Midland Main Line electrification

08.11.16: Rail minister Paul Maynard MP has refused to confirm that the entire Midland Main Line electrification up to Sheffield will be finished by 2023, dodging repeated questions from local MPs at a Commons debate yesterday. Maynard was grilled by...

Khan calls for DfT to freeze London rail fares to avoid 5% price rise

Khan calls for DfT to freeze London rail fares to avoid 5% price rise

07.11.16: Fares on suburban London rail services should be frozen, London mayor Sadiq Khan said as he warned that fares could rise by as much as 5% from January. Rail fares across the UK are expected to increase by 1.9% in January 2017, but a governm...

Are we ready to export rail?

Are we ready to export rail?

07.11.16: RTM’s David Stevenson reflects on the key messages from this year’s Dinner at the Roundhouse. A key message to come out of this year’s Dinner at the Roundhouse was that UK rail needs to be ready to export and broaden its h...

‘Entirely new approach’ to transport as TfN submits statutory body plan

‘Entirely new approach’ to transport as TfN submits statutory body plan

25.10.16: Transport for the North (TfN) is formally seeking permission from the DfT to become the first sub-national transport authority in England. If transport secretary Chris Grayling approves the proposals, submitted on 20 October, they will then...

Campaigners to ‘press for answers’ about new powers to claim refunds

Campaigners to ‘press for answers’ about new powers to claim refunds

04.10.16: Passengers will receive better compensation when train journeys are delayed after new measures came into force on 1 October, but campaigners have The Consumer Rights Act now applies to rail after the government cancelled plans to postpone i...

Government revs Midlands Engine with £12m transport funding promise

Government revs Midlands Engine with £12m transport funding promise

03.10.16: Transport in the Midlands will receive a £12m funding boost from the government, it was announced today. Transport secretary Chris Grayling announced the three-year grant for Midlands Connect, the partnership delivering the transport...

‘Swift’ smart card launch marks first multimodal ticket roll-out outside London

‘Swift’ smart card launch marks first multimodal ticket roll-out outside London

21.09.16: Smart ticketing has reached the West Midlands as the new Swift cards were launched across the rail network yesterday. The Swift cards, already used on the region’s buses and trams, are now operating on London Midland, Virgin, Chiltern...

DfT eyes ‘more generous’ compensation for Southern users

DfT eyes ‘more generous’ compensation for Southern users

13.09.16: Rail minister Paul Maynard said he is “determined” to resolve the issues with Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR’s) beleaguered services alongside transport secretary Chris Grayling, and is expected to make a “timely a...

DfT told to set ‘well evidenced’ and ‘robust’ rail sustainability targets

DfT told to set ‘well evidenced’ and ‘robust’ rail sustainability targets

01.09.16: The DfT must adopt new targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the rail sector, the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has said. A National Audit Office report into the DfT’s commitment to sustainability, published in May, s...

Government under fire as rail fares set to rise by 1.9% next year

Government under fire as rail fares set to rise by 1.9% next year

16.08.16: Rail fares have increased at double the speed of wages since 2010, trade unions have warned as the Office of National Statistics (ONS) confirmed next year’s regulated rail fares will go up by 1.9% – significantly above this year&rsqu...

Improvements to ticketing system much needed – Maynard

Improvements to ticketing system much needed – Maynard

26.07.16: The train ticket buying system for passengers needs to be made fairer and more transparent, the new rail minister has said. In his appearance before the Transport Select Committee last week, Paul Maynard said that improving the ticketing sy...

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Amey manager appointed as TfN’s permanent NPR director

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Array of Thameslink failures mean there are ‘critical tests looming’ for HS2

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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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Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

09/02/2018Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

The first details of this year’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge have been revealed and it’s safe to say the 2018 edition is set to be more thrilling than ever. Last year saw the RTM team attend the second edition in what is quickly becoming Women in Rail’s flagship event, where teams with a 50/50 gender split compete in a ... more >
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NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

06/02/2018NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has been gifted with a brand-new lab dedicated to surveying and scanning technologies designed t... more >
Keeping Britain's railway on track

06/02/2018Keeping Britain's railway on track

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, argues investment in track maintenance and rail infrastructure is fundam... more >
The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

06/02/2018The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

Network Rail is seeking to improve asset management whilst cutting down on expenditure by implementing a new Intelligent Infrastructure programme... more >
Project Aura: Changing the game

02/02/2018Project Aura: Changing the game

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), describes how Project Aura has been revolutionising training across the organisatio... 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 >