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Search starts for company to build £2.75bn HS2 fleet

20/01/2017Search starts for company to build £2.75bn HS2 fleet

The government has started looking for a company to design, build and maintain 60 of HS2’s state-of-the-art trains for the first phase of the high-speed rail network, with the contract due ... more >
DfT outlines need for WCP bids to meet ‘creative and ambitious’ plans

19/01/2017DfT outlines need for WCP bids to meet ‘creative and ambitious’ plans

The government has revealed further details about its new West Coast Partnership (WCP) franchise which is scheduled to start in 2019, including more specific timescales about when the franchise i... more >
Abellio sells 40% of Greater Anglia to Mitsui

18/01/2017Abellio sells 40% of Greater Anglia to Mitsui

Train operator Abellio UK has agreed to sell 40% of its Greater Anglia rail franchise to the Japanese firm Mitsui, opening the way for further foreign rail franchise investment. Abellio has ... more >
Verster to leave ScotRail for East West Rail

20/01/2017Verster to leave ScotRail for East West Rail

Phil Verster will be leaving his current posi... more >
Khan accused of lying over failure to extend TfL fares freeze to travelcards

20/01/2017Khan accused of lying over failure to extend TfL fares freeze to travelcards

London mayor Sadiq Khan has been accused of r... more >
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Commuters close to taking government to court over Southern crisis

06/01/2017Commuters close to taking government to court over Southern crisis

A commuter organisation looking to take the DfT to court over its handling of the Southern rail crisis have said that their legal challenge is almost ready. The Association of British Commut... more >
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Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

15/11/2016Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

Source: RTM Oct/Nov 16
Phil Verster, managing director of ScotRail Alliance, speaks to RTM’s... more >
Maintaining the safety momentum

12/09/2016Maintaining the safety momentum

Source: RTM Aug/Sep 16
Britain’s railways are currently the safest they have ever been, but ... more >
Transforming rail in the north

06/06/2016Transforming rail in the north

Source: RTM Jun/Jul 16
As part of RTM’s series of interviews with the those at the top of th... more >
HS2: The innovation and skills challenge

06/04/2016HS2: The innovation and skills challenge

Source: RTM Apr/May 16
HS2 Ltd commercial director, Beth West, on why the project needs to do thin... more >

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17/01/2017Rising to the digital demand

The countdown is well and truly on for this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), and the whole RTM team is looking forward to welcoming you to the fourth edition of this event on 9 February.  Held once again at Battersea Evolution, the prestigious awards ceremony promises to be an extraordinary evening, celebrating some of the major achievements of the industry in the last year. You can see the awards shortlist on pages 27-29, and read more details at ukria.com. If... read more >

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Making rail fares simpler

Making rail fares simpler

David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, explains how a number of initiatives over the next 12 months aim to make rail fares simpler. By the end of 2017, we hope passengers will see fairer and simpler fares.  Two recent... more > more last word articles >