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Probe launched into SWR and NR performance

26.04.18: An independent review into South Western Railway’s (SWR) performance has been commissioned by the government. Transport secretary, Chris Grayling, has written a letter to MPs, in which he said that he has been “very disappointed&rdq... more >

Half of London Tube and train journeys made with contactless

25.04.18: Half of all Tube and rail pay as you go journeys are regularly made using contactless payment or mobile devices, the latest figures from TfL have revealed. The payment method was launched on buses in December 2012 and across London Tube and rai... more >

High-speed handbacks could save NR £250,000 a week

25.04.18: New approaches to engineering could potentially save £250,000 a week by allowing trains to run at higher speeds once work is complete, Network Rail has said. When a tamping machine is used alone to place track into position and consolidat... more >

Government must commit to investment in rail freight connections to ports

25.04.18: Better connections between English ports could boost the nation’s economy, a new study has shown. The study of England’s port connectivity found that improved rail links could provide more effective freight journeys between key econ... more >

New freight service launched between Liverpool Port and Scotland

24.04.18: Peel Ports and DB Cargo have formed a partnership to provide new rail services for containers via the Port of Liverpool for the first time. The service will provide cargo-owners with a route between the quayside at Liverpool and Scotland. Fr... more >

Great North Rail Project sees £46m spent on Wigan train depot

24.04.18: Wigan is to gain a new £46m train depot as part of the Great North Rail Project. The number of passengers in the north is set to double over the next 25 years, and so more depots are needed to enable the more frequent services and additio... more >

Greater Anglia’s £40m refurb of Crown Point Depot begins

24.04.18: Greater Anglia has begun work on its £40m investment into its Crown Point Depot. The depot will be transformed to accommodate the train operator’s new fleet of longer trains, expected to enter service next year. A new train washi... more >

Network Rail plans flood alleviation scheme for Hele

23.04.18: Network Rail plans to carry out a flood resilience project in Hele, it has announced. Flooding has been a longstanding problem in the area around Station Road, and so a scheme has been developed which is expected to reduce the risk of flooding... more >

Grayling approves HS2 sidings proposals

23.04.18: Chris Grayling has approved proposals to contract new railway sidings for HS2. New sidings are thought to be needed to replace those displaced by the HS2 Phase One rail lines. Under the Transport and Works 1992 Act, an application was made t... more >

GWR to roll out 19 ‘tri-mode’ trains by 2019 under new deal

20.04.18: A new deal struck between Great Western Railway (GWR) and Porterbrook means 19 Class 769 Flex trains will be introduced on the operator’s network from spring next year, it has confirmed. GWR said the innovative fleet – which ope... more >

Grayling threatened with legal action over East Coast rail franchise failings

20.04.18: Campaigners are threatening to take transport secretary Chris Grayling to court over his failure to stop the companies behind the failed Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) from bidding for other franchises in future. Bring Back British Rail ha... more >

First TPE Hitachi test train leaves Japan en route to UK

20.04.18: The first of TransPennine Express’ (TPE’s) new Nova 1 trains, built by Hitachi, left Japan earlier this week and is due to arrive in the UK in two months’ time. Once the train completes its shipping journey, it will be tes... more >

Testing begins on TPE’s new CAF trains

19.04.18: The first of TransPennine Express’ (TPE’s) new Nova 3 trains, manufactured by CAF, has commenced testing ahead of delivery at the end of 2018. A variety of tests, which include aerodynamics, braking and on-board information systems... more >

Supervisory board established to drive rail improvements in Anglia

19.04.18: A new dedicated Route Supervisory Board has been formed to drive improvements to Anglia’s regional rail network. The board has been formed through Network Rail joining Anglia’s passenger, train and freight organisations, and will be... more >

Lower prices could lure 40% of non-rail users into trains, study finds

19.04.18: Trains are too expensive, according to those who prefer to travel by other means. According to a report, ‘Tomorrow’s passengers: understanding how to make rail travel more attractive to infrequent and non-users’, published by... 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 >