Latest Rail News


New open-access operator plans hourly service between Wales and London

23.09.19: Grand Union Trains, a new open-access train operator, has announced that they are hoping to launch a train service between Wales and London in May 2021. Initially the trains will run every two hours, but plans are to make them hourly by May... more >

Ground-breaking rail collaboration launched to improve services for passengers

20.09.19:   A ground-breaking deal has been agreed today among rail bosses to deliver higher standards for rail users in the West Midlands.   Areas that fall under the new, first-of-its-kind West Midlands Grand Rail Collaboration (GRC) de... more >

Manchester Metrolink’s greener future

19.09.19: Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) are to renew and upgrade Manchester Metrolink’s electrical infrastructure in a bid to support and maintain TfGM’s green transport strategy for the city. The Greater Manchester transport bo... more >

Plans for new £362m North East metro train fleet

19.09.19: A £362m train fleet for the Tyne and Wear Metro was ordered yesterday by public transport body Nexus. A company for the designing and building of the fleet hasn’t been officially decided but there are three in the running &ndash... more >

New ‘On-Time’ train statistics welcomed by Transport Secretary

19.09.19: Good news for rail users today as a new way to measure train performance has been published (Thursday 19) by The Office of Rail and Road (ORR). New ‘On-Time’ statistics have been welcomed by the transport secretary, Grant Shapps... more >

British Transport Police launches train station scanners trial

18.09.19: In a bid to tackle violent crime in London, British Transport Police (BTP) is rolling out a five-day trial of new body scanners at Stratford train station. The scheme will be supported by Metropolitan Police and will be able to detect guns... more >

West Midlands HS2 interchange station development granted up to £20m

18.09.19: The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has agreed to fund up to £20m for a UK Central Hub in Solihull alongside the HS2 station development. The plans to develop the new HS2 Interchange Station within the 340-acre Arden Cross are... more >

‘Local hero’ recognised for his work with homeless in Blackpool

17.09.19: Chris Conway, a Network Rail signaller, was awarded for his contribution to tackling homelessness last night at an awards ceremony in Blackpool. The event saw 125 ‘Local Heroes’ from around the seaside town celebrated for their... more >

Isle of Wight rail line receives £26m investment

17.09.19: Government has unveiled a £26m investment package into the Isle of Wight railway line, to help modernise and improve the line and its outdated fleet. The Island Line service, which runs between the communities of Ryde and Shankli... more >

Doncaster station to celebrate engineering, speed and connectivity through art

17.09.19: Rail users are in for a treat as plans for public art at Doncaster train station are revealed. The art will be a key part of the station’s transformation and will celebrate engineering, speed and connectivity. The impressive plans inc... more >

Network Rail confirms route director appointments

16.09.19: Today (Monday 16 September) will see Network Rail’s 14 new routes go live. Meanwhile, the company directors each have confirmed a number of senior management appointments to their teams. This comes after the announcement of a &lsqu... more >

Transport for Wales reveal £194m railway station upgrade plan

16.09.19: All 247 railway stations in Wales are to feel the benefit of a new £194m investment plan, Transport for Wales (TfW) has announced. TfW has unveiled plans for 1,500 extra car parking spaces across Wales to encourage people to leave the... more >

New railway station between Hinckley and Nuneaton receives backing

12.09.19: Plans for a new railway station between Hinckley and Nuneaton looks set to go ahead following backing from councillors. Nuneaton Parkway Station has been proposed as a multi-modal facility, set to be built as part of the Warwickshire Draft... more >

New fleet on the horizon for Hull Trains

09.09.19: Louise Cheeseman, managing director of Hull Trains, describes how a new fleet of rolling stock looks set to revolutionise the operator and their service. For Hull Trains, 2019 marks what will be our most exciting year since we launched some... more >

Investing in the country’s future workforce

05.09.19: Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail, talks about addressing the skills gap and investing in new talent across the transport sector. With the UK rail and engineering industries facing a critical skills... more >

rail news by category

Rail industry Focus

  • 02/11/2019Monica Barbosa: Women In Rail

    Director of business development and communications at Xrail, Monica Barbosa, thinks women are missing out on exciting opportunities because the lack of gender diversity in the rail industry.
  • 01/11/2019The dangers of fatigues

    Working long hours, poor health, too little sleep, a demanding job and more can all make us tired and affect our mental and physical performance – and when we’re fatigued we make more...
View all News


The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >

'the sleepers' blog

NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

18/10/2019NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

Switch up your playlist with the first #WeAreRTM podcast, gain exclusive insight into the leaders running the rail industry their opinions on recent headlines, visions for the future and meet the personalities behind the job titles. It's no... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >


Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he would not rule out his organisation issuing future r... more >
Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

24/06/2019Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

Ahead of his appearance, Malcolm Holmes spoke with Rail Technology Magazine about what key leaders in the industry were doing to improve rail in the Midlands. He said: “It’s very... more >