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Delays to £68m rail line upgrade to keep Norfolk branch line closed

11.01.19: A Norfolk branch line will remain closer after a major £68m railway upgrade for the line has been delayed. The upgrade project on the line between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft was due to be completed by 31 March, but this dea... more >

Engineers able to predict and fix track faults before they develop using new Costain augmented reality tech

11.01.19: Engineers will be able to use augmented reality (AR) to predict failing components and faults on train tracks and in stations after engineering companies, in collaboration with a university, have developed a network of Internet of Things (IoT). ... more >

Investigation launched after track worker forced to dodge train with two seconds to spare

10.01.19: An investigation has been launched after a track worker removing cables from a rail line was forced to dodge a train less than two seconds before the vehicle passed him at 51mph. According to the RAIB, the employee was removing cables which... more >

One in three train operators failing to pay out compensation on time, according to ORR

10.01.19: Statistics revealing which train operators have failed to pay compensation to passengers on time have been released by the ORR for the first time, revealing that more than one in three companies are failing to meet target response times. Ov... more >

Rail industry urges policymakers to save Crossrail 2 in wake of major Crossrail delays

10.01.19: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has urged Crossrail policymakers not to postpone Crossrail 2 after it emerged that there are “thousands of hours of construction work still to be done” on Crossrail. Following discussions a... more >

£10.6m Horden station gets the green light

09.01.19: Proposals to build a new £10.55m railway station in East Durham by 2020 have been given the go-ahead today after being granted planning permission. Two 100-metre platforms will be built at Horden, near Peterlee, along with a footbridg... more >

RAIB calls for safety review of Sheffield junction after double tram collision

09.01.19: The RAIB has called for a safety review after two tram crashes took place at the same Sheffield junction in just six weeks. Investigators have written to Sheffield City Council advising that a “risk-based review” of the junction... more >

Sir Terry Morgan launches attack on TfL and claims it altered his reports on Crossrail’s progress

09.01.19: Former Crossrail chair Sir Terry Morgan has accused TfL of altering reports on the scheme's progress and manipulating the information on whether the flagship project would be delayed. Appearing before the London Assembly’s Transport C... more >

Porterbrook signs supply deal for new rail parcel service

08.01.19: Porterbrook has signed a deal to supply specialist train operator the Rail Operations Group (ROG) with bi-mode FLEX trains to help the group enter the rail postal industry. The derby-based company is the largest owner of passenger trains in... more >

Network Rail Digital Railway boss David Waboso to retire

08.01.19: The managing director of Network Rail’s Digital Railway, David Waboso, will retire in March. An internal memo from chief executive Andrew Haines said that Waboso was leaving with a “fantastic legacy” and a “clear dir... more >

Concerns raised over HS2 as Treasury chief warns government must be prepared to scrap ‘white elephant’ projects

08.01.19: Chief secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss has warned that HS2 could be scrapped as she said the government must be prepared to “junk white elephant” projects after Brexit. Truss is leading a major government spending review this... more >

New hydrogen ‘Breeze’ trains unveiled by Alstom and Eversholt

07.01.19: Hydrogen trains will be introduced in as little as two years after a deal has been struck to convert more than 100 trains into the first fleet powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology. The new trains, to be called “Breeze” train... more >

Northern owner Deutsche Bahn wants compensation from Network Rail over extensive delays and disruption

07.01.19: Deutsche Bahn has demanded Network Rail pay compensation for the extensive delays in electrifying its under fire Northern rail franchise. First reported in the Telegraph, the parent company of Arriva Rail North, who run the struggling opera... more >

Stagecoach took £35m from rail franchise before abandoning East Coast Main Line

07.01.19: Transport giant Stagecoach took out £35m from the East Midlands Trains franchise before it abandoned the London-to-Edinburgh East Coast Main Line (ECML) less than a year later, it has been revealed. The massive dividend represents a &... more >

Ambitious £10bn plans for Gatwick Heathrow HS4Air rail service rejected

04.01.19: Plans to build a new £10bn high-speed rail service connecting HS1 with HS2 via Gatwick and Heathrow airports have been rejected by the DfT. The ambitious plans would see passengers able to travel between Heathrow and Gatwick in under... more >

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by ... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

22/02/2019Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

Eurostar queues of up to 15,000 passengers could mount up at London’s St Pancras International station in the event of a no-deal Brexit, ac... more >
New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

21/02/2019New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in the role. Bringing m... 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 >