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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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Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

13/08/2018Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

Plans to improve the East Coast Main Line (ECML) have been given the go-ahead by the transport secretary as part of Network Rail’s Railway ... more >
Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

13/08/2018Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

Two north-west mayors have called for a freeze on rail fares in the north after national fees on networks are set to rise by 3.5% next year. ... more >
Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

10/08/2018Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

The former boss of Carillion’s UK infrastructure business is set to take over Balfour Beatty Vinci to lead its HS2 joint venture. Mark... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... 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 >