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Bidders shortlisted for Edinburgh tram extension contract

14.03.18: A list of four bidders has been finalized for the Infrastructure and Systems contract to take trams to Newhaven, Edinburgh. The City of Edinburgh Council has called the step a “key milestone” towards the completion of the Final Busi... more >

‘Millennial railcard’ website crashes due to ‘unprecedented’ demand

14.03.18: The website selling “millennial railcards” crashed as the new cards went on sale yesterday. Passengers aged 26-30 were supposed to be able to buy the railcards, giving a third off most rail fares in Britain, for the first time as pa... more >

NR looks for new alliances as £5bn track work tendered

14.03.18: Network Rail has issued a Prior Information Notice (PIN) process for its tender exercise on the next generation of track works contracts, worth up to £5bn. The PIN was issued via the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), and the... more >

Greater Anglia forced to put multimillion-pound depot plans on hold

13.03.18: Greater Anglia has been forced to look at “alternative options” for its planned depot in Brantham, Suffolk, due to problems with access and the frequency of trains on a nearby level crossing. The multimillion-pound facility was... more >

London Marathon strike: Union to have emergency talks with DLR operators

13.03.18: RMT officials have agreed to meet with DLR operator Keolis Amey Docklands (KAD) today, in an emergency effort to end their ongoing dispute before strike action begins over the weekend of the London Marathon. The talks will be hosted by conc... more >

Council bosses reveal Manchester Piccadilly’s ‘Northern Hub’ HS2 overhaul

13.03.18: New plans to develop Manchester Piccadilly and the surrounding area in preparation for both HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) have been unveiled by city council bosses. Much of the development would be north of the station, with 2.9 mi... more >

Northern takes delivery of two ScotRail Class 170s

12.03.18: A duo of ScotRail Class 170 trains have arrived at Northern’s Neville Hill depot near Leeds. The trains, which previously provided services north of the border, will undergo a full refurbishment, with new features including power sockets... more >

Khan approves £750,000 funding for Croydon tram crash community

12.03.18: The mayor of London has today agreed plans for £750,000 of funding over the next three years to support community measures in Croydon in response to the 2016 tram crash. Sadiq Khan said the money was earmarked for health and social ca... more >

NR trials drones for large railway structure inspections

12.03.18: Network Rail is trialling the use of drones to inspect large structures in a safer, more cost-efficient way. The vehicles are being used on the London North Eastern and East Midlands route to examine five arch viaducts along the route, includin... more >

‘Milestone moment’ as Kettering-Corby Line carries passengers

12.03.18: The newly commissioned track between Kettering and Corby has entered passenger usage, marking the successful completion of a £130m capacity project. Since construction began in 2014, a significant amount of work has been carried out to im... more >

Government finalises plans for HS2 Crewe Hub

12.03.18: The government has clarified plans for a new Crewe Hub that will give more people access to HS2. Included in the plans are a high speed rail service to Stoke-on-Trent and a redesigned junction at Crewe. Transport secretary, Chris Grayling, l... more >

More than four in five women have never considered work in the rail industry

09.03.18: Women’s perception of the rail industry mean that they could miss out on a jobs boost that will see over 100,000 job opportunities created across Britain’s railway by 2027, the Rail Delivery Group has warned. In October ambitious pl... more >

Rail must do more to support local communities, economies and environment, experts warn

09.03.18: The rail industry could do more to support communities, local economies and the environment, a new report has found. The report, ‘Ensuring a sustainable rail industry,’ produced by think tank Tracks, says that the rail industry coul... more >

Consultation launched into potential Edinburgh tram extension

09.03.18: A consultation is to be launched to help shape the plans to extend Edinburgh’s tram line to Newhaven and Leith. The consultation, which will start later this month, will seek feedback on traffic management and business support plans for t... more >

Crossrail CEO Wolstenholme to step down after seven years at organisation

09.03.18: Andrew Wolstenholme is to step down as chief executive of Crossrail, it has been announced. After seven years, Wolstenholme will take up a new role in the private sector, and programme director Simon Wright will lead the organisation in a comb... more >

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Use cancelled electrification savings to boost Welsh transport, say MPs

21/05/2018Use cancelled electrification savings to boost Welsh transport, say MPs

Savings from the cancelled electrification scheme should fund a Welsh transport boost, the Welsh Affairs Committee has said. The committee argue... more >
Bid to reopen Bristol line rejected by DfT

18/05/2018Bid to reopen Bristol line rejected by DfT

Proposals to fund the re-opening of a Somerset rail line have been halted by the government’s refusal to finance the plans. As part of... more >
Welsh trains £200k makeover set to start

18/05/2018Welsh trains £200k makeover set to start

Work begins today on an 18-month programme to modernise fleets of Welsh trains. A £200,000 investment from Arriva Trains Wales (ATW), ... 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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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 >
Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

23/01/2018Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

RTM’s Josh Mines catches up with Mark Somers, project director for Thameslink, on how the final stages of the programme are progressing and... more >
Modernising journeys in north east England

09/11/2017Modernising journeys in north east England

First Hull Trains is about to embark on the biggest fleet overhaul it has delivered since being set up in 2000. Managing director Will Dunnett te... 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. ... 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 enh... 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 >