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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...

Every future franchise bid must include smart ticketing – Perry

Every future franchise bid must include smart ticketing – Perry

26.01.16: Every operator that bids to run a rail franchise will have to show plans to offer smart ticketing tailored to customers’ needs, rail minister Claire Perry MP has said. During a speech today at the seventh Transport Ticketing and Passe...

Have your say on Hendy’s plans

Have your say on Hendy’s plans

21.01.16: The government is asking the public for feedback on Sir Peter Hendy’s new timeline for delivering Network Rail’s enhancement projects. Its consultation, launched this week to coincide with Hendy’s Enhancements Delivery Pla...

ORR cornered on delay refunds in Which? super-complaint

ORR cornered on delay refunds in Which? super-complaint

21.12.15: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has 90 days to respond to a Which? ‘super-complaint’ calling for an investigation into rail delay refunds. The consumer organisation is calling for action to make the compensation process easier...

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TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

20/07/2018TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

A landmark collaboration between two of the UK’s biggest regions has been signed to pave the way to improve rail transport between the area... more >
DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

19/07/2018DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

GTR could be at risk of losing control of its franchise as early as this month depending on the outcome of a “hard review” into wheth... more >
Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19/07/2018Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create a parkway station on the... 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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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), talk about four new HS2 research projects which are set to challenge how we design, build and monitor high-speed rail projects. No one doubts that HS2 must provide a platform for innovation, bu... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17/07/2018Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... 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 >