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Full privatisation remains an option for Network Rail – Shaw report

Full privatisation remains an option for Network Rail – Shaw report

12.11.15: Network Rail could be fully privatised, or kept as a public sector body with concessions to private companies, as a result of recommendations from HS1 boss Nicola Shaw in her initial review of the infrastructure body. The Shaw report &ndash...

Regional transport bodies offered same legal powers as TfN

Regional transport bodies offered same legal powers as TfN

11.11.15: Plans to put Transport for the North (TfN) and other regional transport bodies on a statutory footing have taken a major step forward today (11 November) with the publication of proposals in Parliament. Chancellor George Osborne had noted i...

DfT signs up to 30% day-to-day cuts by 2020

DfT signs up to 30% day-to-day cuts by 2020

09.11.15: The Department for Transport has agreed to slash day-to-day spending by 8% per year until the end of this Parliament, chancellor George Osborne is expected to announce today (9 November). According to media reports, the DfT is one of the fi...

North east ticketing drive brings smartcards to Tyne and Wear Metro

North east ticketing drive brings smartcards to Tyne and Wear Metro

03.11.15: Tyne and Wear Metro has brought smart ticketing to the north east through a new ‘pay as you go’ card, the first outside London to offer a daily price cap on rail travel. The system is also the first outside the capital to offer...

What passengers really think

What passengers really think

01.11.15: RTM’s new columnist David Sidebottom is passenger director at Transport Focus. He has been with the watchdog since 2006. Before this he spent over 11 years at energywatch, the gas and electricity consumer council. As the passenger dir...

GTR rolls out first phase of network-wide smart ticketing

GTR rolls out first phase of network-wide smart ticketing

01.10.15: The first phase of smart ticketing has been rolled out on Thameslink and Great Northern services, meaning the service now encompasses the entire Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) network. Season tickets that start outside the London Travelcard...

Relief from supply chain as electrification ‘unpaused’ – but backlash too

Relief from supply chain as electrification ‘unpaused’ – but backlash too

01.10.15: The rail industry supply chain has welcomed the government’s decision to ‘unpause’ Midland Main Line and TransPennine electrification, as reported by RTM yesterday, while making clear the original halt to the works had a profou...

Mobile ticketing scheme extended to West Midlands

Mobile ticketing scheme extended to West Midlands

04.09.15: A new industry scheme to give more people flexible mobile train tickets sent direct to their smartphones has been extended to the West Midlands.  The m-Ticket scheme was first introduced as a trial involving 99 stations in the north we...

Rail fares to rise by 1% in England

Rail fares to rise by 1% in England

18.08.15: Regulated rail fares will rise by 1% from January 2016, in line with the Retail Prices Index (RPI) July inflation figure, released today (18 August). The price increase will be the same as the RPI figure after the government announced inten...

Unions protest ‘rocketing’ rail fares

Unions protest ‘rocketing’ rail fares

18.08.15: Rail unions are protesting today (18 August) in stations across the UK in response to claims by TUC that rail fares have risen nearly three times faster than wages over the last five years. Their analysis found that fares increased by 25% w...

Burnham: ‘The time has come to renationalise our railways’

Burnham: ‘The time has come to renationalise our railways’

06.08.15: The railways will eventually be brought back under public control and ownership if Andy Burnham gets the chance to implement his plans as Labour leader – but very slowly. The MP for Leigh is the frontrunner in the betting markets to b...

Southeastern to implement smart ticketing

Southeastern to implement smart ticketing

29.07.15: Southeastern passengers in Kent and parts of East Sussex will benefit from new smart ticketing as part of a deal with the DfT. The upgrade is part of a £5.5m plan to modernise ticketing systems as an alternative to paper tickets. Smar...

Osborne unveils £30m funding for Transport for the North

Osborne unveils £30m funding for Transport for the North

08.07.15: George Osborne has announced that £30m of funding is to be provided to Transport for the North (TfN), as part of building the government’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’.  The funding, which will be provided over three y...

Director general of Rail Executive leaves for Defra

Director general of Rail Executive leaves for Defra

02.07.15: Clare Moriarty is to leave her role as director general of the Rail Executive at the Department for Transport to take over as permanent secretary at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). The current Defra permane...

Midland Main Line electrification 'paused'

Midland Main Line electrification 'paused'

25.06.15: The government has confirmed that work on Midland Main Line electrification "will be paused" to allow struggling Network Rail to focus on the Great Western, which it calls the "top priority". In a statement to the Commons, transport secreta...

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First Vivarail production train enters final build stage

23/02/2018First Vivarail production train enters final build stage

After a period of radio silence, Vivarail has announced that its long-awaited battery D-Train is in its final build stage and will be in passenger ... more >
Amey manager appointed as TfN’s permanent NPR director

23/02/2018Amey manager appointed as TfN’s permanent NPR director

Transport for the North (TfN) has announced the appointment of its new Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) director. Tim Wood has already successfull... more >
Array of Thameslink failures mean there are ‘critical tests looming’ for HS2

23/02/2018Array of Thameslink failures mean there are ‘critical tests looming’ for HS2

Despite its progress, the Thameslink Programme still faces substantial challenges that must be addressed to ensure successful delivery – an... 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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Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

09/02/2018Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

The first details of this year’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge have been revealed and it’s safe to say the 2018 edition is set to be more thrilling than ever. Last year saw the RTM team attend the second edition in what is quickly becoming Women in Rail’s flagship event, where teams with a 50/50 gender split compete in a ... more >
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NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

06/02/2018NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has been gifted with a brand-new lab dedicated to surveying and scanning technologies designed t... more >
Keeping Britain's railway on track

06/02/2018Keeping Britain's railway on track

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, argues investment in track maintenance and rail infrastructure is fundam... more >
The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

06/02/2018The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

Network Rail is seeking to improve asset management whilst cutting down on expenditure by implementing a new Intelligent Infrastructure programme... more >
Project Aura: Changing the game

02/02/2018Project Aura: Changing the game

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), describes how Project Aura has been revolutionising training across the organisatio... more >

rail industry focus

  • 08/12/2017A game changer for Midland Metro

    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the latest projects taking place across the growing Midland Metro...
  • 09/11/2017Testing tomorrow's technology today

    David Brazier, site manager and area sales manager for the UK & Ireland at OMICRON electronics, tells RTM’s Luana Salles about the major...
  • 09/11/2017What next for safety?

    As rail businesses edge towards their target of zero injuries, improving safety performance can plateau. Amey’s sector director for rail, Lee...
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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 >