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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...

More international operators seek to win UK rail franchises

More international operators seek to win UK rail franchises

15.12.15: The Department for Transport (DfT) has chosen the first 11 operators that have been successful in their pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) passport application – the government’s new approach to rail franchising. Trenitalia...

Planned rail engineering work: The passenger perspective

04.12.15: David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, on the importance of considering the passenger perspective during rail engineering work. Before the Christmas shut-down, we talked to rail industry partners about our recent work on p...

Network Rail budget to be topped up by hundreds of millions

Network Rail budget to be topped up by hundreds of millions

25.11.15: Network Rail’s £38bn cash pot will be topped up by hundreds of millions of pounds to ensure it can carry out the majority of its CP5 plan, the chancellor is expected to announce today (25 November). The extra funding, part of th...

DfT unveils more details of Passport PQQ and pushes West Coast competition back six months

DfT unveils more details of Passport PQQ and pushes West Coast competition back six months

24.11.15: The Department for Transport has invited operators to apply for its new ‘Passport system’ designed to streamline the competition process for franchises expiring during this Parliament. The DfT’s Rail Executive hopes the ne...

Two-day rail trip inspires industry solutions for DfT  

Two-day rail trip inspires industry solutions for DfT  

23.11.15: More than 100 ‘hackers’ travelled up and down the country’s rail network over the weekend looking for cost-effective solutions to industry challenges ahead of presenting ideas to the rail minister next month. The 48-hour &...

Privatising one NR route could raise money if £38.5bn ‘not enough’ for CP5

Privatising one NR route could raise money if £38.5bn ‘not enough’ for CP5

18.11.15: Network Rail will not be able to get by with its £38.5bn budget for this control period unless it leverages in private sector money, the head of Northern Rail has suggested, as other rail leaders consider the “interesting opportuniti...

Rail leaders predict flood of private cash into transport network

Rail leaders predict flood of private cash into transport network

18.11.15: Rail industry leaders have predicted a flood of private sector money into Britain’s transport programmes, both within and outside of Network Rail’s scope. Speaking at RTM’s TransCity Rail North event, senior figures at HS2...

TfN will unlock major opportunities across city regions – Lord Adonis

TfN will unlock major opportunities across city regions – Lord Adonis

13.11.15: The work of the budding Transport for the North (TfN) body will bring transformational change by making the sum of the northern city regions more than their parts, Lord Andrew Adonis said at TransCity Rail North yesterday (12 November). The...

North Wales devolved rail body to tackle electrification

North Wales devolved rail body to tackle electrification

12.11.15: Welsh leaders attending a rail summit today (12 November) in Llandudno are set to refine and agree to details of a major new body designed to drive forward rail modernisation in North Wales. The summit, attended by rail minister Claire Perr...

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...

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Greater Anglia £1m Class 317 refurb completed

25/05/2018Greater Anglia £1m Class 317 refurb completed

Greater Anglia has completed a £1m refurbishment of its Essex and Hertfordshire commuter trains, it has announced. The refurb, which will ... more >
Crossrail and Aslef partnership ‘pioneer in union relations’

25/05/2018Crossrail and Aslef partnership ‘pioneer in union relations’

The working partnership between MTR Crossrail and trade union Aslef has been recognised in a case study by the Involvement and Participation Associ... more >
Crossrail 2 and NPR timetable and funding decision needed this year, says NIC

25/05/2018Crossrail 2 and NPR timetable and funding decision needed this year, says NIC

Sir John Armitt has called for the independent financial review of Crossrail 2 to report back by the end of this year. Speaking at the UK Transp... 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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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 >
Gordon Wakeford: The rail industrial revolution

18/05/2018Gordon Wakeford: The rail industrial revolution

Gordon Wakeford, managing director of the Siemens Mobility Division, explains how the company plans to make Yorkshire the base for the new U... more >
A year of change for the north

18/05/2018A year of change for the north

Achieving statutory status represents a landmark moment for northern transport and will have an enormous impact on what be achieved over the comi... more >
Make way for the D-Train

15/05/2018Make way for the D-Train

Adrian Shooter, chairman of Vivarail and former chairman of Chiltern Railways, provides an exclusive update on D-Train technology and talks about... 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 >