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Rail industry urges government rethink to deliver rail electrification at half the costs

Rail industry urges government rethink to deliver rail electrification at half the costs

15 March 2019The cost of rail electrification projects could be slashed by as much as two-thirds, the Railway Industry Association (RIA) has revealed as it urges the government to review and renew its electrification programme. The RIA has called on ministers...

GTR fined record £5m for ‘persistent and prolonged failures’ in May timetable chaos

GTR fined record £5m for ‘persistent and prolonged failures’ in May timetable chaos

14 March 2019Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has been fined a record £5m for its role in last year’s May timetable chaos. The ORR criticised the train operator for “persistent and prolonged failures” in informing passengers as they suff...

Liverpool mayor announces commission into new high-speed city centre rail station

Liverpool mayor announces commission into new high-speed city centre rail station

13 March 2019A commission to deliver a new station in Liverpool city centre to connect the region to HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) has been unveiled by Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. Metro mayor Steve Rotherham announced the creation of th...

Proposals for direct Perth to Edinburgh train link to be considered by Transport Scotland

Proposals for direct Perth to Edinburgh train link to be considered by Transport Scotland

12 March 2019Transport Scotland has confirmed it will look into proposals to introduce a direct rail link between Edinburgh and Perth. Rail bosses said it they would consider the transport links between the two Scottish cities as part of an upcoming review of...

Bradford launches NPR growth strategy in bid to become ‘catalyst’ for northern economy

Bradford launches NPR growth strategy in bid to become ‘catalyst’ for northern economy

12 March 2019Bradford’s Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) Growth Strategy has been unveiled, setting out the city’s economic, social, and inclusive growth plans across Bradford and the north. The strategy covers six main areas, and outlines how impro...

Delivering innovation through collaboration with Rambus

Delivering innovation through collaboration with Rambus

12 March 2019Russell McCullagh, vice president and general manager of ticketing at Rambus, tells more on the company’s collaboration with Worldline to advance opportunities in the smart-ticketing sector. In January, Rambus announced the expansion of a c...

Mace and Dragados sign £1.3bn HS2 contract to construct Euston station

Mace and Dragados sign £1.3bn HS2 contract to construct Euston station

11 March 2019Mace and Dragados has signed a £1.3bn contract with HS2 over the construction of Euston station, ending speculation of a legal challenge from rival bidders who lost out on the contract. The announcement comes just over a month after HS2 rev...

Rail minister gives boost to Hull-Manchester Airport direct rail link

Rail minister gives boost to Hull-Manchester Airport direct rail link

11 March 2019Rail minister Andrew Jones has pledged to look at the options for a direct train service from Hull to Manchester Airport. Jones told MPs and business leaders that he would take a strategic look into a direct service, and into a rail link between...

West Midlands Rail Executive appoints executive director to deliver regional ‘rail renaissance’

West Midlands Rail Executive appoints executive director to deliver regional ‘rail renaissance’

08 March 2019West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) has announced the appointment of a new executive director. Malcolm Holmes will permanently lead the WMRE after filling the interim role for the last few years, and alongside this will also report to Transport f...

New May timetable announced as rail bosses insist ‘lessons learned’ following last year’s chaos

New May timetable announced as rail bosses insist ‘lessons learned’ following last year’s chaos

08 March 2019The rail industry has confirmed the new summer 2019 timetable, with 1,000 extra services added to relieve overcrowding as rail bosses say they “learned the lessons” of last year’s chaos. A host of timetable adjustments are to co...

£50m plans for transport projects to support South Wales metro unveiled

£50m plans for transport projects to support South Wales metro unveiled

07 March 2019A £50m programme of local transport projects to support the South Wales Metro has been proposed. The Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) City Deal has produced the plans for the scheme in collaboration with the Welsh Government and Transport for W...

Springburn rail depot’s closure confirmed with up to 200 jobs lost labelled a ‘betrayal’ of Scottish rail industry

Springburn rail depot’s closure confirmed with up to 200 jobs lost labelled a ‘betrayal’ of Scottish rail industry

07 March 2019Gemini Rail has confirmed the closure of the Springburn depot, meaning up to 200 jobs will now be lost in Glasgow, with unions calling it a “betrayal” of the Scottish rail industry. The rail maintenance company revealed its proposals...

MP slams ‘appalling’ Southeastern rail delays amid reports that passengers were forced to ‘pay double’

MP slams ‘appalling’ Southeastern rail delays amid reports that passengers were forced to ‘pay double’

06 March 2019A Conservative MP has slammed “appalling” Southeastern rail services ahead of talks in Parliament following reports that the train operator faces a £100m legal claim over “making passengers pay double.” Sir David Eve...

Government overturns council’s challenge against ecological work around HS2 Colne Valley Viaduct

Government overturns council’s challenge against ecological work around HS2 Colne Valley Viaduct

06 March 2019The government has overruled a council’s decision to reject HS2’s application to build one of its ecological mitigation sites around the Colne Valley Viaduct. Chris Grayling and James Brokenshire, in a letter to Hillingdon Council and...

Bristol’s MetroWest could be expanded to Gloucester and Westbury

Bristol’s MetroWest could be expanded to Gloucester and Westbury

05 March 2019Great Western Railway and Network Rail are reportedly keen on new plans for the MetroWest railway to be expanded to Gloucester and Westbury, leading to growing belief amongst local transport chiefs. Discussions over expanding the line are due to...

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Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

03/07/2020Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

Greater Anglia are currently in the depths of replacing their old trains with brand new state-of-the-art modern trains, including 111 trains from... more >
‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

03/07/2020‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

As lockdown restrictions look to be relaxed further this weekend, with businesses like pubs, restaurants and cinemas beginning to reopen, train o... more >
SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

02/07/2020SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

South Western Railway’s (SWR) Wimbledon depot recently received its first Class 701 train, marking a momentous milestone in the £1bn ... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >