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£15m funding towards better rail journeys in the North East

£15m funding towards better rail journeys in the North East

29 June 2020The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has announced today (June 29th) that thousands of passengers in the North East of England are set to see more regular, reliable services and better connections thanks to £15m of government investment. ...

HS2 Minister responds to Transport Select Committee

HS2 Minister responds to Transport Select Committee

25 June 2020Following a letter from the Transport Select Committee back in May, Andrew Stephenson, HS2 Minister yesterday (June 24th) responded and published his letter of response. Mr. Stephenson began his later by discussing the challenge of transparency....

HS2 minister to host roundtables on integrated rail plan

HS2 minister to host roundtables on integrated rail plan

16 June 2020Andrew Stephenson, HS2 Minister, is hosting a series of virtual meetings with leaders from across the north and Midlands, making sure regional representatives can voice their properties for the integrated rail plan (IRP) and the current plans for...

"Performance, performance, performance" - Rail North Committee meeting

"Performance, performance, performance" - Rail North Committee meeting

12 May 2020Today (May 12th) Transport for the North’s Rail North Committee met virtually to discuss the Northern trains review and rail recovery post Covid-19.  The discussion began with leader of Leeds City Council, Cllr Judith Blake, state...

Rail Committee North meeting to discuss rail recovery

Rail Committee North meeting to discuss rail recovery

12 May 2020Transport for the North’s Rail North Committee, which will meet virtually on today (May 12th) and will be live streamed to the public, has set out guidelines for rail operators such as Northern and Transpennine Express on how to run trains w...

Ep.9 Navigating the freight world, Debbie Francis

Ep.9 Navigating the freight world, Debbie Francis

25 March 2020Debbie Francis, Direct Rail Services, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss the rail industry from a freight perspective. Debbie is a rail fanatic, leading the way in a male dominated area of the rail industry. With hosts Matt Roberts and A...

Lord Berkeley calls for six month delay to HS2

Lord Berkeley calls for six month delay to HS2

25 March 2020In light of the current coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the nation and the world, Lord Berkeley has published a letter to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps calling for HS2 to be paused for six months. At...

Metrolink Trafford Park Line start date announced

Metrolink Trafford Park Line start date announced

09 March 2020Greater Manchester’s new £350m Trafford Park line will launch on Sunday 22nd March. The date comes directly after the successful completion of the project and delivery of the new line to the operator, KeolisAmey Metrolink, whose drive...

High-speed rail promised for the North by HS2 Minister

High-speed rail promised for the North by HS2 Minister

27 February 2020At the beginning of February, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that HS2 will go ahead and the London-Birmingham phase will commence immediately. The PM also confirmed that HS2 would be built in the north to Manchester and Leeds which are pa...

TransPennine Express receives ‘public target’ from Transport for the North

TransPennine Express receives ‘public target’ from Transport for the North

13 February 2020Agreed by Transport for the North leaders in back in January, the ‘public target’ follows a period at the end of last year when TransPennine Express returned the worst performance figures in the country, with sometimes less than half t...

120 NPH leaders call for HS2 to be delivered in full

120 NPH leaders call for HS2 to be delivered in full

27 January 2020Over 120 senior business leaders from within the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands have signed an open letter to Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, urging him to commit to HS2 in full. The letter, published on behalf of the Northern Powerhouse Partner...

Ep. 6. Unlocking the potential of NPR, Tim Wood

Ep. 6. Unlocking the potential of NPR, Tim Wood

27 January 2020Director Northern Powerhouse Rail and Transport for the North, Tim Wood, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss benefits and opportunities the NPH Rail can bring. Gain insider information on the progress of Northern Powerhouse Rail from...

Northern responds to uncertain future of the franchise

Northern responds to uncertain future of the franchise

03 January 2020Rail operators Northern Railway has responded to a statement made by Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, yesterday (Jan 2) setting out plans to strip Northern of their franchise. David Brown, managing director at Northern, said: “It’s...

Northern begins removal of Pacer trains

Northern begins removal of Pacer trains

03 December 2019Northern Railway have today (Dec 3) said goodbye to the first three Pacers as they leave the network for good. The rolling stock has been removed and returned to owners Angel Trains, the first of many more to make the same journey over the next f...

New Northern trains hit two million milestone

New Northern trains hit two million milestone

22 November 2019Since the launch of Northern’s new trains in July, more than two million customer journeys have been recorded. 33 new trains are in service across Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside and South and West Yorkshire, c...

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