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Alstom and Siemens take next step in merger with BCA

04.04.18: Siemens and Alstom have entered into a Business Combination Agreement (BCA) regarding the proposed combination of Siemens’ mobility business with Alstom. This latest step follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in September 2... more >

Grayling ‘knew vital bi-mode tech didn’t exist’ when he scrapped electrification schemes

04.04.18: A damning report into the cancellation of three rail electrification projects has been labelled “deeply frustrating” by the Commons Transport Committee. The report, by the National Audit Office (NAO), details an investigation into w... more >

GWR takeover deal preserves Heathrow Express until 2028

04.04.18: Great Western Railway (GWR), subsidiary of FirstGroup, has reached an agreement with the government which means it will run the operational aspects of the Heathrow service under a management contract from later this year. While Heathrow will re... more >

ORR: ‘More to be done’ to ensure passengers get best ticket for journey

28.03.18: New easier to use machines and clearer language have helped more passengers buy the right ticket for their journey from station vending machines, according to research by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). Mystery shopping research revealed tha... more >

Companies invited to submit bids for West Coast Partnership

28.03.18: West Coast passengers will benefit from improved accessibility, simpler fares and improved compensation, transport secretary Chris Grayling has announced as he invited companies to bid for the brand-new franchise. Organisations have been invite... more >

TfL orders five more Elizabeth Line trains in £70m Bombardier deal

28.03.18: Bombardier Transportation is to provide five additional Aventra trains for London’s Elizabeth Line in a major deal announced this week. The agreement with TfL also includes an expansion to the existing Train Services Agreement to cover th... more >

Team Orange completes drainage work at Potters Bar station

27.03.18: Major work to improve the drainage at Potters Bar station to reduce the risk of flooding to the subway. Network Rail completed the work using a £300,000 investment as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan. Engineers replaced old pieces of... more >

TfL successfully expands testing of CBTC signalling system to Baker Street junction

27.03.18: TfL yesterday announced that it had successfully expanded the testing of its new Tube signalling system which will be used on the Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines. The system, which is already in use on the No... more >

UK's first-ever self-drive mainline train runs on Thameslink route

27.03.18: Thameslink passengers have this week been given a ride on the first self-drive train journey on the UK mainline network. The technology will be used in the future along with Network Rail’s new digital signalling system to run a train... more >

NR set to reach major Shotts electrification milestone over Easter

26.03.18: Network Rail will reach a major milestone on the Shotts electrification programme this Easter as it looks to deliver a £2m programme of upgrades. The closure of the West Coast Main Line will give engineers time to ‘tie-in’... more >

Doncaster Sheffield Airport announces ambition to build rail station connected to ECML

26.03.18: Doncaster Sheffield Airport has outlined plans to build a new rail station connected to the East Coast Main Line (ECML) in its 20-year vision for the future. The airport’s Masterplan sets out ambitions to create an ‘Aerotropolis... more >

Virgin Azuma rolling stock arrives in Edinburgh for driver training

26.03.18: Virgin’s brand new Azuma rolling stock has arrived into Edinburgh today ahead of driver training for the trains commencing. Customers will also be given a chance to sneak a first peek at the trains, which will be positioned at Edinbur... more >

NR bags most prizes while Chiltern wins big at #UKRIA18

23.03.18: Network Rail topped the charts at this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), while Chiltern Railways took home the prestigious Operator of the Year. The infrastructure owner took home prizes for Recruitment Excellence and Track Tech... more >

Tram passengers demand better value for money from services

21.03.18:   Satisfaction with value for money for tram passengers has dropped slightly, the latest Tram Passenger Survey has revealed. Fare-paying passengers’ satisfaction with the value for money of tram journeys was 69% in 2016, down to... more >

West of England to get £9.45bn economic boost from new rail partnership plan

21.03.18: Rail companies across the west of England have set out a long-term plan for the region’s railway, which will boost the economy by £9.45bn. The plan, called ‘In partnership for Britain’s prosperity - the west of England,&... 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 >