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Darwin expanded to replace TOC and NR customer information systems

Darwin expanded to replace TOC and NR customer information systems

29.06.16: The rail industry’s central train running information engine, Darwin, has now replaced 66 separate customer information systems (CIS), operated by train operators and Network Rail, with one single system delivering consistency to the infor...

Stations to be cut from Access for All CP5 works to be revealed in summer

Stations to be cut from Access for All CP5 works to be revealed in summer

15.06.16: Decisions about which stations will be affected by the deferred Access for All scheme, designed to improve accessibility across all stations by installing lifts and ramps, will be made later this summer, rail minister Claire Perry MP has said. ...

RSSB updates principles to put sustainability at the heart of rail developments

RSSB updates principles to put sustainability at the heart of rail developments

20.05.16: Sustainability must be a greater priority in developing the railway network, rail minister Claire Perry MP said yesterday as she announced a new set of sustainability principles. The principles, designed by the Rail Safety and Standards Boa...

DfT rejects calls for greater role in improving airport rail connections

DfT rejects calls for greater role in improving airport rail connections

13.05.16: Recommendations from MPs that the DfT takes a more active role in improving rail connections to airports have been rejected. In a report, published in February, the Transport Select Committee said that rail connections were crucial for impr...

Parliamentary inquiry into rail passenger experience launched

Parliamentary inquiry into rail passenger experience launched

19.04.16: Witnesses are being invited to submit evidence on British railway passengers’ experiences to a new Transport Select Committee inquiry. The inquiry is seeking written evidence on information provided to passengers before, during and af...

Rail ticket prices have smallest increase in five years

Rail ticket prices have smallest increase in five years

15.04.16: Rail ticket prices in Great Britain have had their smallest increase in five years and decreased in real terms, the latest statistics from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) show. In January 2015 – January 2016 the Rail Ticket Pri...

Infrastructure planning: Moving away from  stop-start investment

Infrastructure planning: Moving away from stop-start investment

12.04.16: Devolution of Network Rail’s routes should not be seen as the panacea for solving every problem the industry comes up against, according to Jo Kaye, director of network strategy and capacity planning at Network Rail.  Following t...

Oyster-style ticketing to be rolled out across north ‘in two to three years’

Oyster-style ticketing to be rolled out across north ‘in two to three years’

26.02.16: An Oyster-style ticketing model will start being rolled out across the north in the next two to three years, Transport for the North (TfN) boss David Brown said yesterday at the Northern Powerhouse Conference. But this will only be introduc...

DfT not ruling out any options for Network Rail in Shaw report

DfT not ruling out any options for Network Rail in Shaw report

24.02.16: The Department for Transport has admitted that it is not ruling out any potential recommendations HS1 boss Nicola Shaw could make in her upcoming report into the future of Network Rail. Answering a Parliamentary question from Lord Berkeley...

Capitalising on contactless

Capitalising on contactless

23.02.16: Transport for London’s (TfL’s) director of customer experience, Shashi Verma, discusses the growth of contactless payment in the capital since its introduction.  In 2014, the face of retail changed forever as cashless payme...

Virgin Trains becomes first TOC to offer m-Tickets on all routes

Virgin Trains becomes first TOC to offer m-Tickets on all routes

22.02.16: Virgin Trains has become the first franchised operator to offer mobile tickets across all ticket types and routes along both the east and west coast main lines. From this week, customers will be able to download the barcoded m-Tickets to th...

A look into the ticket gates of the future

A look into the ticket gates of the future

15.02.16: RSSB’s Future Railway programme’s project manager, Geeta Kailla, tells us about their innovative search to improve gate line congestion. In 2014-15 the number of passenger journeys in the UK rose by 4% to 1.66 billion. This stag...

Passengers still want railway staff at stations - research

Passengers still want railway staff at stations - research

05.02.16: Face-to-face interactions with railway staff are crucial for passenger satisfaction, Transport Focus’ latest National Rail Passenger survey has found. The survey shows that 76% of passengers reported satisfaction with the attitude and...

Midlands Connect to explore formal powers with Whitehall

Midlands Connect to explore formal powers with Whitehall

29.01.16: Midlands Connect, the devolved partnership created to boost rail connectivity across the region, is keen to sit down with Whitehall to explore options for making it a statutory body following the government’s royal assent of the Cities and...

TfN sets out power plans as it moves one step closer to statutory footing

TfN sets out power plans as it moves one step closer to statutory footing

28.01.16: Transport for the North (TfN) has moved one step closer to statutory footing after the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill gained royal assent this afternoon. In response, the devolved pan-northern body has outlined its proposals fo...

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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 >