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Virgin Trains helping homeless people into work through coffee partnership

22.11.19: Virgin Trains and Change Please has helped 30 homeless people become employed baristas. The train operator joined forces with Change Please back in October 2018 to offer a premium coffee range onboard, with Change Please’s profits fro... more >

Greater Anglia brings in extra support for busy periods

21.11.19: Office staff at Greater Anglia are being trained to help customers when stations are busy due to big events or disruption. Customer Action Teams, or CATS, are the support team that have been formulated. When needed team members make their w... more >

Greater Anglia announces delays cut by almost half

21.11.19: Between December 2018 and October 2019, delay minutes for its Class 317 commuter trains, which run through Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Essex, were down 48% and cancellations were down 14% over the same period. The improvement is down... more >

Metrolink contactless payment system hits millionth journey

20.11.19: Transport for Greater Manchester announced today (20th Nov) that at the weekend Metrolink’s contactless payment system hit the million-journey mark. The contactless payment method was brought in on the 15th of July this year and this... more >

Rail Forum Midlands launches its General Election manifesto

20.11.19: The Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) has launched its new manifesto ahead of the 2019 General Election, outlining the four major asks it has seen from its members for the rail sector supply chain in the run up to next month’s election. ... more >

£15m passenger benefit investment by GTR in first phase

20.11.19: Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) have pledged a range of passenger benefits as part of a £15m station investment programme. The first phase of the investment programme includes life-saving heart restarters, LED lighting and landscaping... more >

Cardiffians asked for their view on new £120m Cardiff Parkway station

20.11.19: Following the release of new artist’s impressions a public consultation has been launched on the plans for a new mainline railway station and buisness park at St Mellons.  The huge project, which could be home to 5,000 staff, tak... more >

Network Rail and BTP launch alcohol-related safety campaign

20.11.19: A national campaign launched by Network Rail and British Transport Police is urging the public to take care on railways when drinking alcohol. Alcohol-related incidents on the railways have reached record levels as newly-released figures sh... more >

Hull Trains appoints new director ahead of £60m fleet arrival

19.11.19: Hull Trains has made a new appointment, as Anne Somers joins the team as commercial and customer experience director. The appointment comes as a way of strengthening its customer experience, with her roles focussing on listening and respond... more >

Network Rail to improve accessibility at Spalding station

19.11.19: Work to improve Spalding station’s accessibility will begin next month (Dec 3). Improvements to the station include step free access to platform two, more lighting on the footbridge and additional CCTV across the station. More ta... more >

FTA asks government to guarantee the future of HS2 for freight

18.11.19: The recent HS2 review uncertainty has prompted Freight Transport Association (FTA) to request confirmation from government on the future of HS2. FTA is calling on government to secure the high-speed railway’s future and ensure busines... more >

Merseyrail announces smoking will be banned at all stations

18.11.19: From the 1st of December passengers will not be allowed to smoke in any public areas of Merseyrail stations or platforms with the exception of car parks. The announcement comes off the back of the national campaign Stoptober, and is part of... more >

Greater Anglia provides tailored journey updates for passengers

18.11.19: Passengers travelling with Greater Anglia can be more in the know than ever with live train updates on their app. The National Rail Enquiries live train running database serves as a pool of information that is used by the Greater Anglia app... more >

A workforce which reflects society

15.11.19: Loraine Martins MBE, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail, joins us in the studio for the third episode of our RTM podcast, talking at length about her role and how it came about – Loraine was the first person to hold her cu... more >

Virgin Trains set passenger record for choosing rail over air

15.11.19: Virgin Trains have set a new record with the number of people choose to travel by rail over air. The number of people choosing to travel between Glasgow and London on rail instead of air, has resulted in a drop in carbon emissions. The... more >

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