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Tube Lines community support fund donates over £50,000 in its first year

08.02.08: The Tube Lines Community Support Fund has donated £51,159 to good causes since it was started in February 2007. The Fund uses the money saved by recycling newspapers left on trains and in stations to boost the fundraising efforts of employ... more >

Flybe and Network Rail receive support pledge from GoSkills

01.02.08: Newly appointed awarding bodies a credit to the sector says GoSkills. GoSkills, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for Passenger Transport has offered its congratulations to Flybe and Network Rail (along with McDonald’s) following their... more >

Greater Manchester transport chief welcomes new train carriages

01.02.08: The Chair of Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA) has welcomed news that more carriages will be added to the region’s trains. The Department for Transport (DfT) today announced plans to introduce more than 300 extr... more >

Major rail improvements ahead between Birmingham and Warwickshire

01.02.08: A better railway is being built between Birmingham Snow Hill station and Stratford and Leamington Spa, thanks to a £75 million Network Rail project running from February 7-17. Two new junctions will be constructed at Tyseley, a key in... more >

New carriages for busy routes

01.02.08: Transport Secretary, Ruth Kelly, has published details of how extra capacity will be delivered on some of the rail network's busiest routes. 1300 extra carriages were promised as part of last year's White Paper - Delivering a Sustainable Ra... more >

RAIB Report released into a derailment at King Edward bridge in Newcastle

01.02.08: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report today on a derailment of a freight train at King Edward Bridge in Newcastle on Tyne on 10 May 2007. The full report into the incident is available here: http://www.raib.gov.uk... more >

First Great Western doubles customer compensation

25.01.08: First Great Western (FGW) has announced it is giving back millions of pounds to customers – doubling the amount of compensation required by the Passenger’s Charter. This move recognises customers have not received the service th... more >

Metro gets green light for new ticket machines

25.01.08: Metro has been given the green light by ministers to go ahead with plans for new ticket machines plus gates at key stations. The Department for Transport has granted conditional approval for the scheme, having given initial approval in Augu... more >

National passenger survey results announced

25.01.08: Great Britain's largest train passenger survey has found four out of five passengers are satisfied with their rail journeys, the independent rail watchdog has revealed. Passenger Focus has launched the results of its autumn 2007 National Pa... more >

Network Rail swoops to bring specialists in-house

25.01.08: Key employees of Elec-Track Installations Ltd (ETI) have been invited by Network Rail to join the infrastructure owner. Around 50 employees of the Kent-based firm – which is in administration – are specialist supervisors for the inst... more >

Reward offered: attempted derailment - Llanbradach, Wales

25.01.08: British Transport Police are continuing to appeal for information following the incident at Llanbradach on 4 January 2008, when a train almost derailed after striking obstructions placed on the line. A £5,000 reward has been offered b... more >

RMT welcomes MPs’ devastating verdict on Tube privatisation

25.01.08: A damning report by MPs on the collapse of Tube consortium Metronet and the ‘flawed’ part-privatisation of London Underground infrastructure has today been welcomed by the network’s biggest union. The report, by the House... more >

Valleys rail work on course

25.01.08: The £18.5 million project by the Welsh Assembly Government to extend platforms, increase capacity and provide more frequent services on the Cardiff Valleys lines reaches a vital stage next month when Network Rail carries out more work on t... more >

Investigation continues as network rail quizzes contractors over New Year delays

18.01.08: Network Rail completed a series of meetings last week, with contractors responsible for delivering work on the West Coast upgrade project and work at Liverpool Street station. After the engineering overruns over the New Year period, Network Rail... more >

Metro carries a record 3.5 million passengers during the Christmas rush

18.01.08: Over 3.5 million passengers travelled on Metro during the Christmas rush - the highest number of people travelling in any single month since December 1992. The figure represents a four percent increase on last year and means that an average... more >

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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot&r... more >
South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

19/02/2019South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough” was made in the lo... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

19/02/2019MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west. The pledge, which was ... 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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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >
Exclusive: Midlands Connect and WMRE talk collaboration and investment in the Midlands' railway

22/01/2019Exclusive: Midlands Connect and WMRE talk collaboration and investment in the Midlands' railway

In the jigsaw puzzle of regional transport decision-making, there must be collaboration and compromise. Midlands Connect media lead James Bovill ... more >
Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

20/12/2018Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

In November, the first ever Rail Ombudsman was established in a bid to give passengers a free independent service to allow passengers to claim co... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >