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GTR could lose its franchise if services don’t improve after new timetable

02.07.18: Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is at risk of losing its franchise if it fails to improve the slumping performance across its services since late May’s timetable shake-up, which led to a string of cancellations and delays. The BBC rece... more >

Urgent clarity needed amid claims that TransPennine electrification will be scrapped

02.07.18: The government has come under fire after claims it will reverse its decision to electrify the TransPennine rail route connecting Manchester to Leeds and York. Last summer, transport secretary Chris Grayling suggested that the government cou... more >

Balfour Beatty launches new Rail Innovation Centre to advance digital railway

29.06.18: Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has opened a new rail innovation centre in Derby today. The Raynesway facility in Derbyshire, in combination with offices at York and Matlock, will employ over 150 staff members with expertise and knowled... more >

First of Northern’s 98 new trains arrive in UK for testing

29.06.18: The first of Northern’s new two-car Class 195 DMU is currently being kept at the Edge Hill depot in Liverpool, where it awaits mainline testing to be carried out in the coming weeks. The train arrived on 25 June at the Royal Portbury... more >

Electrification schemes must be put back in the pipeline after ‘less than candid’ DfT approach

29.06.18: The electrification schemes cancelled by transport secretary Chris Grayling last year should be recategorised as pending and placed in the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) for further development and design work in order to find ways to... more >

MPs: Efforts to rebalance rail investment must be mandatory, not an afterthought

29.06.18: The Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine will “struggle to live up to their names” if the government continues to prioritise rail investment in London despite decades of underinvestment elsewhere, MPs have said in a new report... more >

Transport for Wales appoints three new directors

28.06.18: Transport for Wales has appointed three new non-executive directors to its board. They will join interim chair Nick Gregg and fellow board members Martin Dorchester and James Price. Peter Kennedy and Brian McKenzie are due to step down... more >

Stagecoach hit by £85.6m loss after being stripped of East Coast franchise

28.06.18: Stagecoach has revealed a loss of £85.6m after being stripped of the East Coast franchise, which was recently brought under government control. The DfT is now running the franchise as London North Eastern Railway (LNER). The reve... more >

Person hit and killed by train on Dawlish railway

28.06.18: Emergency services were called to Devon’s main railway line at 6am this morning after a person was hit by a train. The British Transport Police confirmed they were dealing with a fatality, although there are no further details yet as... more >

NR shakes up supplier barriers by streamlining standards and recruiting devolved leaders

28.06.18: As its response to the Hansford Review, which looked at how barriers can be broken to make it easier for organisations to invest in and build on the railway, Network Rail has produced a national framework which will help drive a consistent and t... more >

Manchester electrification ‘accelerating’ after Amey takeover, with 9 days of closures ahead

27.06.18: Network Rail will be closing the railway between Manchester and Preston via Bolton for nine days later this year as it seeks to polish off the much-delayed electrification of the line, which has been blamed for the widespread disruptions across... more >

Seven innovative schemes chosen in £600k DfT rail accessibility competition

27.06.18: Seven schemes that plan make use of innovative technology have finally been selected to receive funding in order to support those travelling with disabilities across the rail network. Amongst the government-sponsored programme, originally l... more >

Four chosen to advise on ORR timetable shake-up investigation ahead of autumn report

27.06.18: Four transport industry heavyweights have been drafted in as the expert panel of independent advisers for the ORR inquiry into the widespread levels of disruption experienced across the network since May’s controversial timetable shake-up.... more >

TfGM lays bare Northern slump since 2016 franchise refresh, including many broken promises

27.06.18: A report set to be presented at a Greater Manchester Combined Authority board meeting this Friday has laid bare the staggering decline in performance across Northern since the franchise changed hands in 2016, including the many promises that wer... more >

Convention of the North agrees first-ever meeting after weeks of rail chaos

26.06.18: After weeks of widely-reported disruption and delays across the northern rail network, political and business leaders have met up in Newcastle to agree the first official meeting date for the brand-new Convention of the North, which will seek to... more >

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TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

20/07/2018TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

A landmark collaboration between two of the UK’s biggest regions has been signed to pave the way to improve rail transport between the area... more >
DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

19/07/2018DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

GTR could be at risk of losing control of its franchise as early as this month depending on the outcome of a “hard review” into wheth... more >
Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19/07/2018Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create a parkway station on the... 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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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17/07/2018Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... more >