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DfT awards East Midlands rail franchise to Abellio

10/04/2019DfT awards East Midlands rail franchise to Abellio

Abellio has won the next East Midlands rail franchise and will take over from Stagecoach in August 2019 until 2027. The DfT announced that the ScotRail operator has been named as the success... more >
Bristol’s MetroWest scheme receives final £32m funding from DfT

09/04/2019Bristol’s MetroWest scheme receives final £32m funding from DfT

The DfT has announced its backing for the MetroWest railway line between Portishead and Bristol after confirming the final £32m funding for the “nationally-significant” project.... more >
Caledonian Sleeper unveil first look inside new £150m fleet

03/04/2019Caledonian Sleeper unveil first look inside new £150m fleet

Caledonian Sleeper has revealed the design and interiors of its new £150m fleet of trains as the service nears its launch at the end of May. The first images from inside the new trains... more >

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Siemens submits plans to build £200m train manufacturing site in East Yorkshire

24/04/2019Siemens submits plans to build £200m train manufacturing site in East Yorkshire

Planning applications for a £200m rail manufacturing site in Goole, East Yorkshire have been submitted by Siemens. The ‘train factory’, first revealed early last year, will... more >
Virgin Trains proposes radical new airline-style model for fare and franchising

24/04/2019Virgin Trains proposes radical new airline-style model for fare and franchising

Virgin Trains has put forward radical new proposals to manage rail services using an airline-style model, abolishing standing on trains and forcing passengers on long-distance journeys to pre-boo... more >
TfL commissioner urged to quit after downplaying Crossrail ‘tragedy’

24/04/2019TfL commissioner urged to quit after downplaying Crossrail ‘tragedy’

Transport for London’s (TfL) chief commissioner has been told to consider resigning after he “watered down” key messages between Crossrail and TfL over the project’s exten... more >

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West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to... more >
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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

Source: RTM Feb/March 2019
RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine R... more >
TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Source: RTM Dec/Jan 19
Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roa... more >
Exclusive: Midlands Connect and WMRE talk collaboration and investment in the Midlands' railway

22/01/2019Exclusive: Midlands Connect and WMRE talk collaboration and investment in the Midlands' railway

Source: RTM Dec/Jan 19
In the jigsaw puzzle of regional transport decision-making, there must be c... more >
Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

20/12/2018Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

In November, the first ever Rail Ombudsman was established in a bid to give... 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 TOC, gives RTM an update on the innovative scheme... more > more last word articles >