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‘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...

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...

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Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman... more >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed b... more >
Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21/09/2018Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of 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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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 >