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Politicians join RIA’s rail fellowship class of 2018

18.06.18: Politicians are set to be educated on the rail sector’s crucial importance to the UK through the Railway Industry Association’s (RIA) rail fellowship programme. The programme will promote the work of the organisations that build... more >

GTR boss to resign, citing 'huge frustration' from passengers

15.06.18: The chief executive of struggling operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will resign. Charles Horton, the boss of GTR which runs Thameslink, Great Northern, and Southern railways, will remain in the position for a short time to oversee the... more >

New Tube trains on the way with new Siemens contract from TfL

15.06.18: TfL has awarded Siemens Mobility Limited a contract of around £1.5bn to design and build 94 new generation Tube trains today. More than 700,000 customers use the Piccadilly line every day. But a limited fleet size alongside old signal... more >

Compensation schemes are ‘not optional’, Grayling warns TOCs

15.06.18: Transport secretary Chris Grayling expects passengers to be promptly compensated when they experience delays, he has told train operating companies. Responding to the Which? investigation, suggesting that some franchises have refused to pay com... more >

NR launches tech to streamline procurement

15.06.18: Network Rail has launched its new technology designed to improve market engagement. The Supplier Qualification System (SQS), which includes IT services and goods across technologies, professional services, solution delivery and support services... more >

NR awards £20m signalling contract for Highland mainline

14.06.18: Siemens has been awarded a £20m re-signalling contract by Network Rail. The contract will see sections of the Highlands mainline re-signalled as part of the £57m, Scottish Government-funded investment in the line, which links the Hi... more >

ORR launches independent inquiry into timetable chaos

14.06.18: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has formally launched its independent inquiry into the widespread timetable disruption suffered on the railway since the new timetable was rolled out on last month. Instead of delivering benefits to the rail ne... more >

‘Still too many’ delays and cancellations, despite interim Northern timetable

14.06.18: The north of England depends on a “resilient and reliable transport network,” Transport for the North (TfN) has said, as rail disruptions rumble on across the region. The comments came as members of the TfN partnership board met in... more >

Hull Trains appoints new managing director

13.06.18: FirstGroup has appointed Louise Cheeseman as its new managing director of Hull Trains. The TOC’s former service delivery director first started in the rail industry back in 2001, working as a guard with Northern Rail, before being promote... more >

Renewed West Midlands partnership to work towards 100 targets, from ticketing to stations

13.06.18: The Swift smart card is to be rolled out across the West Midlands through the renewal of a partnership first set up six years ago. Chiltern Railways, West Midlands Rail (WMR) and Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) have renewed their partnership... more >

Northern leaders warn travel chaos could continue unless TfN handed more powers

13.06.18: Northern business and council leaders have called for the government to grant Transport for the North (TfN) full powers to manage all northern infrastructure. In an open letter published by the Sunday Times, the group warned the government that... more >

£250m track contract up for grabs for Tube track maintenance

12.06.18: Transport for London is inviting firms to bid for the four-year £250m delivery of track renewals for its Underground network, starting in 2019. The work includes surface and sub-surface ballasted track renewals, crossing renewals and... more >

ORR calls on Network Rail to spend £1bn on safety and quality initiatives

12.06.18: The rail regulator has called on Network Rail to invest an extra £1bn on replacing “worn out” rolling stock, including £80m in spending on safety expenditure and worker safety initiatives. The ORR said railway perfor... more >

First TPE bullet train arrives in the UK

12.06.18: The first of TransPennine Express’ (TPE’s) Nova 1 bullet trains has completed its two-month journey from Japan today, set to come into action across the north of England and Scotland next year. The 19 new five-carriage... more >

York invites public's views on £100m station revamp

12.06.18: The City of York Council is calling on locals to give their views on a £100m reshaping of the front of York station into a “fitting gateway to the city.” Under the proposals, the current Queen Street Bridge would be remove... more >

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TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

20/07/2018TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

A landmark collaboration between two of the UK’s biggest regions has been signed to pave the way to improve rail transport between the area... more >
DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

19/07/2018DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

GTR could be at risk of losing control of its franchise as early as this month depending on the outcome of a “hard review” into wheth... more >
Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19/07/2018Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create a parkway station on the... 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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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17/07/2018Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... more >