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First Virgin Azuma trains arrive in UK after two-month journey from Japan

21.03.18: Two brand new Hitachi trains completed their two month journey from Japan yesterday, arriving at Teesport, Middlesborough. The two five-car trains, which will form part of Virgin Trains’ new Azuma fleet, will be initially be used for trai... more >

New Heathrow southern rail link could be funded entirely by private sector

20.03.18: The Department for Transport has today revealed plans for a new southern rail link between Waterloo station and Heathrow Airport, which could be built entirely by private-sector firms. It would be one of the first major infrastructure proje... more >

Scottish ministers reveal new 10-year rail investment strategy

20.03.18: Scotland’s national transport body has revealed its new decade-long rail investment strategy today, signalling a move towards a “pipeline-based approach” to funding new projects. Transport Scotland’s Rail Enhancement... more >

TfL to introduce gender equality measures after 20% pay gap revealed

20.03.18: Transport for London (TfL) will introduce new measures to “remove barriers” to women in top roles, after figures released this week showed that men were paid a staggering 20% more on average. The transport body suffers from one... more >

RAIB issues safety advice after Inverness passenger train collides with unattached rail

19.03.18: The RAIB has issued urgent safety advice after an incident in February that saw a passenger service run into an unattached 130 metre length of rail near Inverness. Investigators said the train was travelling at around 53mph when it collided... more >

Winners of £500,000 Data Sandbox competition revealed by RSSB

19.03.18: The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has revealed the winners of its £500,000 competition, aimed to help develop novel ideas and solutions to key network performance challenges. The ‘Data sandbox: Improving network performance... more >

Work begins to tackle drainage of one of country’s longest rail tunnels 

19.03.18: Network Rail has confirmed a major programme of work to upgrade the Sevenoaks tunnel and the railway running through it. Leaks and poor drainage have been a major issue for the Victorian tunnel since its construction, and as a result, wate... more >

Major Network Rail contractor appoints new rail boss

19.03.18: Dyer & Butler, one of Network Rail’s principal contractors, has announced the appointment of a new rail director, set to focus on the upcoming CP6 framework. Chris Darlow, who has worked for a number of other major rail and engine... more >

Union to continue with controversial four-day Easter Weekend strike

16.03.18: Union members working for South Western Railway (SWR) are to go through with a four-day strike running across both bank holidays over the Easter Weekend. RMT general secretary Mick Cash confirmed that the action would still go ahead between... more >

NR slapped with £730,000 fine for Gloucester freight derailment

16.03.18: Network Rail has been ordered to pay £733,000 fines after a court found that its failure to adequately maintain track had caused a freight train to derail near Gloucester station. The incident, which occurred in October 2013, saw the... more >

Network Rail sees more than £200m in retail sales in Q4 2017

15.03.18: Retail sales at Network Rail managed stations grew by 3.5% in the final quarter of 2017, it was revealed today. Between April and December 2017 over 630 million people travelled through or visited Network Rail managed stations, spending more th... more >

NR warns suppliers not to get left behind

15.03.18: Network Rail is warning suppliers to act now or risk being locked out of the rail market. With less than 50 days until the enhanced Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) goes live, the infrastructure manager has told its supply... more >

Lime Street services to make temporary comeback this summer

15.03.18: Network Rail has confirmed that it will continue to run a number of train services in and out of Liverpool Lime Street station during this summer’s upgrade works. The majority of services will start and end at Liverpool South Parkway so t... more >

Multimillion-pound Alloa line electrification works begin

15.03.18: Major upgrade work on the Stirling-Alloa route is set to begin this weekend. Hundreds of engineers will work over 16,000 hours during the four-week works to deliver a multimillion pound upgrade to prepare the Alloa line for electrification. ... more >

RAIB to investigate after train stranded in sub-zero conditions

15.03.18: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has announced its intention to investigate incidents earlier this month which saw trains stranded in freezing conditions in London. One such incident occurred on 2 March when a Southeastern trai... 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 >