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DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

28.07.17: The DfT has today announced the successful bidders for a £16m package, part of the second phase of the New Stations Fund, which will serve as extra padding to build five new stations across England and Wales – all guaranteed to be ac... more >

East Midlands Airport offers £2.5m fund to boost station connections

28.07.17: East Midlands Airport has today offered details of a £2.5m deal designed to improve station services as part of the next franchise in the region. The airport has said that it wants to put the cash into transforming services at its nea... more >

Hitachi Class 800s pass digital signalling testing

28.07.17: Hitachi’s new fleet of Intercity Express trains have this week passed testing to run the digital technology required by the DfT. The trains have successfully tested an advanced level of digital signalling which comes as part of the Di... more >

Southern runs five out of UK’s top 10 overcrowded trains

27.07.17: Five of the top 10 most overcrowded services were run by Southern in spring last year, new statistics released by DfT today have revealed. On one of those services, from East Grinstead to London Bridge arriving at 8.20, capacity was at very... more >

GOBLIN electrification on track for January 2018 completion

27.07.17: Network Rail has this week confirmed that the GOBLIN electrification project is expected to be completed in January 2018 ahead of new trains arriving in spring. The project aiming to electrify the line on the Overground between Gospel Oak a... more >

ORR tells TOCs to clean up act with handling passenger complaints

27.07.17: The rail regulator has today warned that complaints handling must be improved by TOCs as it was revealed that more than half of customers were not happy with how their complaint about a service was handled. Although the ORR’s annual c... more >

Vivarail secures funding to further develop D-Train technology

26.07.17: New funding has today been announced by Vivarail to develop the Class 230 DEMU battery-powered D-Train. The cash will come from the Accelerating Innovation in Rail grant competition, run by Innovate UK, which recognises the progress the com... more >

IPPR petitions for Crossrail North to rebalance ‘scandal’ of rail underfunding

26.07.17: An influential think tank has this week launched a petition to push the government to devolve powers to the local areas in order to construct a ‘Crossrail North’. The petition follows the government ruffling feathers in the nort... more >

London passengers happier than before, but green shoots still ‘fragile’

26.07.17: Rail passengers in London and the south east are more satisfied with their service in 2017 than they were last year, it has been revealed. This is despite the fact that the area has been hit by endless strikes and disruption on Southern ser... more >

Transport investment must be ‘fairly weighted towards small stations’

25.07.17: Investment in transport infrastructure and passenger experience in London needs to be spread more evenly across the system and focus on small stations as well as medium and large ones, a new report has argued. In the study, published by con... more >

TransPennine electrification and Piccadilly upgrade now also in doubt

25.07.17: Transport authorities in West Yorkshire have said it is “very disappointing” that electrification may not be completed along the entire TransPennine route as planned. Last Friday, transport secretary Chris Grayling announced the... more >

Northern uproar as Grayling backs Crossrail 2 after ditching electrification

25.07.17: Transport secretary Chris Grayling has this week publicly put his backing behind Crossrail 2. In a joint statement from Grayling and mayor of London Sadiq Khan, it was revealed that the pair agreed that the capital needed new infrastructure... more >

Five more Class 319 bi-modes expected in Wales next year

24.07.17: The Welsh government has this week announced that it will add five extra four-carriage trains to boost rolling stock provision and capacity in the country. The Class 319 flex bi-mode trains have been funded with £1.9m investment from... more >

Devolved rail bodies boast better performance and satisfaction

24.07.17: Devolved rail networks have driven improvements in performance, reliability and passenger satisfaction since transport powers were handed to local regions from Whitehall, it has been claimed. Based on these findings, a new report released b... more >

RSG partners with RDG to give supply chain clearer and more independent voice

24.07.17: A new partnership between the Rail Supply Group (RSG) and the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has today been announced with the aim of co-ordinating shared objectives and giving the supply chain a stronger voice. The move will strengthen relation... more >

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DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

28/07/2017DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

The DfT has today announced the successful bidders for a £16m package, part of the second phase of the New Stations Fund, which will serve ... more >
East Midlands Airport offers £2.5m fund to boost station connections

28/07/2017East Midlands Airport offers £2.5m fund to boost station connections

East Midlands Airport has today offered details of a £2.5m deal designed to improve station services as part of the next franchise in the r... more >
Hitachi Class 800s pass digital signalling testing

28/07/2017Hitachi Class 800s pass digital signalling testing

Hitachi’s new fleet of Intercity Express trains have this week passed testing to run the digital technology required by the DfT. The t... more >

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03/07/2017Rapid progress needed

As RTM went to press, the National Infrastructure Commission outlined a list of the ‘top 12’ immediate priorities on which ministers must make rapid progress in the next year. Unsurprisingly, major rail schemes, including HS2, Crossrail 2 and HS3, featured highly in the projects that needed speedy development.  Lord Adonis stated that all of these have been agreed in principle, “but require decisive action to get ... read more >

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A game changer for Wales and Borders

17/07/2017A game changer for Wales and Borders

Andy Thomas, managing director for Network Rail’s Wales route, describes how the infrastructure owner will work more collaboratively than e... more >
‘In the rail business, we’re leading the way’

13/07/2017‘In the rail business, we’re leading the way’

Andy Milner, the chief executive of Amey, tells RTM about the transformation programme that has been taking place in the company since his takeov... more >
Expanding an unprecedented level of style and comfort

13/07/2017Expanding an unprecedented level of style and comfort

At the end of May, Eurostar introduced its new e320 train on the London-Brussels route. Rob Haycocks talks to RTM about what passengers can expec... more >

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How do tram and rail passengers compare?

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David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, analyses the drivers in performance of passenger satisfaction in tram compared to rail. Resul... more > more last word articles >

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Londoners given peek at abandoned Mail Rail Underground line

28/07/2017Londoners given peek at abandoned Mail Rail Underground line

Londoners will soon be able to enjoy a unique rail experience – by riding a train going along the disused Mail Rail line. The 6.5-mile... more >
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How can the new government support rail freight?

20/07/2017How can the new government support rail freight?

Following the recent general election, Maggie Simpson, executive director at the Rail Freight Group, considers what action the government can tak... more >
Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

20/07/2017Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

Geoff Ogden, interim managing director at Transport for Wales (TfW), talks to RTM about how the organisation is putting sustainable development a... more >
A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

20/07/2017A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

Victoria Hills, chief executive officer at the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), gives RTM an update on the work to create a... more >
Simple changes for energy efficiency

20/07/2017Simple changes for energy efficiency

Michelle Papayannakos, rail sustainability specialist at the RSSB, argues that improving the way energy is managed should be a high priority for ... more >