Social media promotes faster London Midland service
London Midland has boosted its customer base through social media, introducing ‘Twicket Offices’ at universities and colleges to promote faster trains on the Crewe to London route.
Students were encouraged to follow and tweet th...
Staff shares must be protected – RMT
Staff could be facing financial loss as it emerges that FirstGroup could be prevented from bidding for new rail franchises.
Changes to franchising rules could require operators to hold an investment grade credit rating in order to bid. The...
Transport infrastructure is the backbone of economy – ministers
More investment in strategic transport infrastructure and services is needed to meet growing demand, ministers agreed in a joint Declaration on Funding Transport during their 2013 Summit in Leipzig, Germany.
The Global Summit of Transport M...
ScotRail Foundation to fund £100,000 community projects
A new £100,000 fund has been launched to help Scottish communities support children or young people, or improve the environment.
The ScotRail Foundation will distribute grants of between £250 and £5,000 to groups seeking t...
Crossrail ‘should be extended’ to Reading
Reading’s transport leader, Cllr Tony Page has urged transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin to extend Crossrail to Reading.
Page calls for the £16bn London rail link to run into Reading, which has the additional capacity as a ma...
Metro closure to allow modernisation works
Nexus, which operates the Tyne & Wear Metro, is to close major lines for 27 consecutive days as part of the £385m modernisation programme.13:0
The line between Haymarket, the airport and Four Lane Ends will be closed from August 4...
High speed spurs could boost decentralisation – Greengauge 21
Greengauge 21 has welcomed comments from transport minister Simon Burns, confirming how further extensions could be added to HS2 to help rebalance the national economy.
Extending the project to a high-speed network across the UK could be &l...
Credit rating franchise requirement considered
FirstGroup could face possible exclusion from bidding for future franchises, if it loses its 'investment grade' credit rating.
The Government is considering changes to the franchising rules that could make the rating a requirement for any b...
Northern Rail sees car park expansions
A £1m improvement scheme has been completed at two of Northern Rail’s stations in Calderdale.
Todmorden and Sowerby Bridge car parks have been expanded, by 18 and 37 spaces respectively. The project was funded through the Statio...
Case for Crossrail 2 to be examined by London Assembly committee
The London Assembly Transport Committee is investigating the case for building Crossrail 2 today, and will question some of the key figures behind the project.
Its backers say it will be vital to support overcrowding and rising demand in Lo...
Steer to focus on economy as CILT president
Britain has the “best railway in Europe” Jim Steer has said as incoming president of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).
Steer, best known for his roles at consultancy Steer Davies Gleave and high-speed ra...
OLEC selects Carillion to provide electrification training
Carillion has opened a new electrification training centre to develop skills and capability for Network Rail’s £2bn electrification expansion programme.
The OHL training span is based at Carillion’s projects and training y...
Legal challenge to new London-Oxford line fails
The new rail link between London and Oxford line will go ahead, after a legal case brought by an Oxford resident failed in the High Court.
The DfT approved the £130m Evergreen 3 proposal last year, with construction due to start this...
Spoil removal begins at Hatfield collapse site
Engineers have started to remove spoil from the rail line damaged by a landslip at Hatfield colliery. The incident has led to a series of engineering projects planned between May and November being replanned by Network Rail.
The line is now...
ScotRail to fund maintenance systems research project
Researchers will study ScotRail’s maintenance systems to boost efficiency and reliability through a two year Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).
The £126,000 project, jointly funded by ScotRail and the UK Government, will see...
Potential reopening for Lewes – Uckfield
Workers stayed on tracks after possession ended
NAO criticisms of HS2 are ‘out of date’ - DfT
Fatal smash at level crossing prompts safety calls
DfT’s HS2 plans have not learnt from HS1 mistakes, say MPs
£1.3bn compensation scheme revealed for HS2
The Nordic countries are investing heavily in their railway systems due to a huge lack of capac...
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