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Digital Railway strategy sets out major upgrade targets for next 15 years  

10.05.18: Transport secretary Chris Grayling and Network Rail boss Mark Carne will today convene in York to launch the much-anticipated Digital Railway Strategy, which will confirm that the industry will benefit from “a plan, impetus and the funding... more >

CAF opens new storage and train overhaul facility in Manchester

09.05.18: CAF Rail UK has opened a new multi-purpose component overhaul and storage facility in Stockport to support its growing operations in the UK. Half of the unit will hold spare parts to service existing and future UK contracts and will supply... more >

More reduced services for passengers in RMT walkout as guard debate rolls on

09.05.18: RMT members of two major rail operators have walked out today in planned strikes as a result of the polarising debate of a guard’s role on trains. Members will walk out of Greater Anglia and Northern Rail services for 24 hours. Arriva... more >

FirstGroup shares crash as Apollo walks away from merger without deal

09.05.18: A potential deal between US private equity firm Apollo and British rail and bus operator FirstGroup has collapsed after two approaches were turned down by the UK transport giant. FirstGroup shares fell by more than 10% on the London Stock E... more >

Next stop, Bradford

09.05.18: The impact of Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) on Bradford will be immense. It’s vital that the opportunity is capitalised on in order to transform travel and leave a lasting positive legacy for years to come, writes Kersten England, chief e... more >

Reaching your full potential

09.05.18: Bill Kelly, acting route managing director for Network Rail in Wales and Borders, discusses the successes of the country’s well-established apprenticeship scheme. Apprentices are the future of Network Rail, which is why we invest so m... more >

First stage of Stirling electrification to wrap up this month

09.05.18: The first stage of the Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa electrification project is set for completion this month, the ScotRail Alliance has announced. The first section to be electrified as part of the electrification project covers 26 single track... more >

South Kensington: Building on a legacy

09.05.18: Graeme Craig, director of commercial development at TfL, says the redevelopment of the iconic South Kensington station will revitalise what is already a gateway to some of the world’s most treasured institutions. South Kensington Tube... more >

The case for rail freight

09.05.18: Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, argues for freight parity by looking at the noteworthy examples of investment already taking place across the UK. Recent rail freight figures show a positive fu... more >

Over 60 Carillion jobs saved in welding merger deal

09.05.18: Infrastructure specialist organisation Rail Safety Solutions (RSS) Limited has saved 63 jobs from the Carillion closure by brokering a deal to acquire the contractor’s welding sector. The division will become part of the Auctus Manage... more >

ScotRail faces record fines over ‘disappointing’ passenger service failures

08.05.18: ScotRail is facing record-high fines after multiple failures to hit performance targets set by Transport Scotland. Figures released on 4 May as part of Transport Scotland’s quarterly statistics called the Service Quality Incentive Reg... more >

OLE upgrades complete at Anglia as part of £46m transformation

08.05.18: Network Rail has completed the installation of 4km of overhead wire between Billericay and Wickford, meaning better railway between Southend, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. The improvements, made over the bank holiday weekend, are part of the... more >

Network Rail seeks more views on Heathrow rail link

08.05.18: Network Rail is seeking views on a potential new rail link that would connect the Great Western Main Line (GWML) to London Heathrow Airport from the west. The consultation, which will run for six weeks, will build on the 1,000 responses receive... more >

Rail industry to seek national ideas for ‘root and branch’ fares reform in June

08.05.18: The rail industry will move ahead with “root and branch” reform of rail fare regulation by launching a public consultation on 4 June spanning the whole country in order to establish a roadmap for change, it has been announced. I... more >

First Greater Anglia train kicks off testing in Switzerland

04.05.18: The first of Greater Anglia’s new bi-mode trains is now being tested in Switzerland as the rest of its brand-new intercity and Stansted Express trains undergo assembly in a factory nearby. Stadler is building 58 trains for Greater Ang... 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 >