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Plan to tackle complex ticketing system unveiled, but ‘wider reforms still needed’

Plan to tackle complex ticketing system unveiled, but ‘wider reforms still needed’

14.12.16: Buying train tickets will be made easier under a set of reforms promised today by the DfT, in partnership with the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). The action plan, developed in partnership with Transport Focus and consumer group Which?, commits...

Councils publish plans for Transport for the South East statutory body

Councils publish plans for Transport for the South East statutory body

13.12.16: The South East is seeking to gain its own executive transport body, newly released board papers reveal. Papers from an East Sussex County Council board meeting say that plans for Transport for the South East (TfSE) are developing “in...

Innocent fare-dodgers will be able to appeal to new independent body

Innocent fare-dodgers will be able to appeal to new independent body

12.12.16: Passengers fined for fare-dodging will be able to make an appeal to an independent body, rail minister Paul Maynard has announced. The DfT promised the new body would be independent of train operating companies and their financial owners. ...

Grayling admits DfT did not evaluate East West Rail privatisation benefits

Grayling admits DfT did not evaluate East West Rail privatisation benefits

08.12.16: Transport secretary Chris Grayling has admitted that the DfT did not carry out a thorough evaluation of the time and cost benefits of privatising the new route between Oxford and Cambridge, despite the major decision marking the first time since...

Grayling to reveal plans for fully privatised railway line

Grayling to reveal plans for fully privatised railway line

06.12.16: Under proposals drawn up by transport secretary Chris Grayling, the new route between Oxford and Cambridge will not be developed by Network Rail but instead by a new East West Rail organisation, who will also operate train services on the line. ...

Maynard outlines plans to move rail investment to Innovate UK

Maynard outlines plans to move rail investment to Innovate UK

06.12.16: Investment in innovation across rail development could be transferred from the DfT to Innovate UK, the government’s innovation agency. Speaking at the Future of Rail conference on Friday, rail minister Paul Maynard said he was looking...

Network Rail set to lose monopoly over rail tracks

Network Rail set to lose monopoly over rail tracks

05.12.16: Network Rail’s sole control over Britain’s railway infrastructure will be stripped and shared with train operators in an attempt to cut down on delays and lower fares, the government is set to announce. Transport secretary Chris...

DfT reveals Southern passengers to be paid a month’s compensation

DfT reveals Southern passengers to be paid a month’s compensation

02.12.16: Passengers on Southern Rail will be repaid the equivalent of a month’s worth of fares after a year of unprecedented disruption, the DfT has revealed. Passengers who hold a season ticket will be eligible to claim against it and will re...

Train fares set to rise by average of 2.3% next year

Train fares set to rise by average of 2.3% next year

02.12.16: Train fares in Britain will go up by an average of 2.3% from 2 January next year, the rail industry has announced. The increase covers both regulated fares such as season tickets, which account for 40% of all train journeys, and unregulated...

Northern leaders call for clarity on NPR in Autumn Statement

Northern leaders call for clarity on NPR in Autumn Statement

22.11.16: Chancellor Philip Hammond has been urged to make Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) a top priority and clarify when it will be delivered in tomorrow’s Autumn Statement. Mayoral candidates and council leaders representing the north’s...

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...

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Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

12/10/2018Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

Rail commuters could continue to face disruption until major changes are made to the rail franchising system in 2020, following the transport sec... more >
£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

12/10/2018£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

Work to upgrade the route between Doncaster and northern Lincolnshire has begun as Network Rail invests more than £15m in rail freight in t... more >
How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

12/10/2018How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

The managing director for Crossrail 2 has outlined the plans for cutting costs for Crossrail 2, stating that TfL “need to make it more affo... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >