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‘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...

Perry resigns after admitting Southern ‘feels like a failure’

Perry resigns after admitting Southern ‘feels like a failure’

18.07.16: Claire Perry has resigned as the rail minister after telling MPs that she had been considering it over the ‘failure’ of the Southern franchise. Southern was recently forced to cancel 341 services a day in order to try and contro...

Chris Grayling appointed as transport secretary

Chris Grayling appointed as transport secretary

14.07.16: Chris Grayling has replaced Patrick McLoughlin as transport secretary as part of the Cabinet reshuffle. Grayling has previously served as leader of the House of Commons, justice secretary and minister for work and pensions. He will now...

McLoughlin moved to Conservative party chair in Cabinet reshuffle

McLoughlin moved to Conservative party chair in Cabinet reshuffle

14.07.16: Patrick McLoughlin is no longer transport secretary as part of a widespread Cabinet reshuffle on Theresa May’s first day as prime minister. McLoughlin, who has served as transport secretary since 2012, has been moved to the posts of C...

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Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

19/06/2018Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have walked out in a fresh dispute between the union and Northern Rail over a long-runnin... more >
TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

19/06/2018TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

Bosses from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Northern Rail cited failures in infrastructure being completed in time and last-minute change... more >
Labour to launch no confidence challenge against Grayling

19/06/2018Labour to launch no confidence challenge against Grayling

The transport secretary is under fire in parliament today as Labour looks to draft a motion of no confidence in the Commons. The party is us... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... 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 >