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Investigation launched after train missed track workers by just 2 seconds

11.04.18: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation into a near-miss at Primrose Hill which left several people “very distressed.” The incident occurred last month between South Hampstead station and Primrose Hill tunnel... more >

NR takes over Guildford and Clapham Junction stations to aid redevelopment

11.04.18: Network Rail has taken over Guildford and Clapham Junction stations in order to support the major upgrades planned for both structures as part of its wide-reaching Railway Upgrade Plan. Guildford station has had a £150m redevelopment appr... more >

RSSB grants deal for research into knock-on train delays

10.04.18: City, University of London’s Geographical Information Centre (giCentre) has been awarded a 12-month contract by the RSSB to look at knock-on train delays with Great Western Railway (GWR). Dr Aidan Slingsby and Dr Cagatay Turkey, data visu... more >

TPE launches one of ‘biggest timetable changes the north has seen’

10.04.18: TransPennine Express (TPE) has launched a new transformational timetable that it argues will deliver real benefits for communities across the north and into Scotland. The changes, which form part of the Great North Rail Project (GNRP), will com... more >

Virgin unveils new Newark Northgate forecourt as part of £1.2m scheme

10.04.18: Virgin Trains has unveiled Newark Northgate’s new forecourt, representing the latest stage of a £1.2m station improvement project. The train operator has delivered a series of upgrades to the station, improving access and easing con... more >

RMT backs disabled passengers protest in London

09.04.18: RMT has backed the campaign ‘Save Access at Brentford station’ which aims to keep guards on South Western Railway (SWR) trains. The rally will take place at Brentford station on 18 April at 10am in protest of the threat of losin... more >

Network Rail submits application for major Gatwick station transformation

09.04.18: A planning application has been submitted for a redevelopment of Gatwick Airport’s station to reduce congestion and improve passenger experience. The proposals, which were submitted to Crawley Borough Council by Network Rail in partne... more >

RSSB yearlong business plan focuses on six key deliverables

09.04.18: The RSSB’s 2018-19 business plan, published today, sets out how it will work over the next year to ensure that railways remain safe. The plan lays out five key areas the industry will prioritise, including safety, health and wellbeing... more >

Funding given to suspension system to reduce track and wheel wear

06.04.18: Funding has been granted to Liebherr-Transportation Systems, Grand Central Rail and NewRail to develop a new suspension system for reducing wheel and track wear. RSSB has provided funding for the Active Radial Suspension System (ARSS), which us... more >

‘Honest’ fare-dodgers allowed to appeal penalty fares under new rule

06.04.18: Penalty fare rules for rail passengers have been altered to offer better protection to those who make honest mistakes, rail minister Jo Johnson has announced. With that, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has published new best practice gui... more >

Repairs needed after landslip causes extensive damage to Yorkshire tunnel

06.04.18: Work is underway to repair Springs Tunnel after a landslip caused extensive damage to the structure. On 3 April, the driver of a Northern train reported seeing a tree perched “precariously” over the southern portal to the tunnel, so... more >

UKRIA 2018: NTAR’s response

05.04.18: Below is a letter from Simon Rennie, general manager at the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), regarding the UK Rail Industry Awards 2018.   I am writing to summarise our experience and subsequent thoughts following the UK... more >

Northern leaders meet with rail minister to formally launch TfN

05.04.18: Transport for the North (TfN) will officially become England’s first ever sub-national transport body today as transport minister Jo Johnson meets northern leaders and businesses in Liverpool. The inaugural meeting marks the moment that t... more >

ScotRail accepts 20 action points to improve performance in new plan

05.04.18: The ScotRail Alliance has published a performance improvement plan that it says will drive up standards and help to build “the best railway Scotland has ever had.” According to recent figures, nine out of 10 ScotRail trains arrive w... more >

West Midlands Railway takes charge of Wolverhampton station

05.04.18: Wolverhampton station has officially been taken over by West Midlands Railway, replacing Virgin Trains. The changeover is part of a move towards more devolved transport services throughout the West Midlands, which Transport for West Midlands (T... 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 >