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Create Railway Customs Areas to avoid congestion post-Brexit, RDG says

09.08.18: In order to ensure smooth and efficient rail freight movement after Brexit, the rail industry is proposing the creation of Railway Customs Areas (RCAs) at freight terminals which would help cut down on congestion. According to a report, RCA... more >

TOCs and tech firms team up to develop rail apps from real-time data

09.08.18: TOCs will soon publish more real-time data to allow technology firms to improve travel apps so that passengers can receive more efficient and up-to-date information in the future, the government has announced. The government and the Rail De... more >

200 jobs for Scotland in Network Rail’s latest recruitment drive

08.08.18: Around 200 jobs will be created in Scotland as one of Network Rail’s biggest recruitment drives for the sector. Posts on offer include administrative, logistics and planning jobs, technician and team leader roles, as well as construct... more >

One in four HS2 staff paid over £100k a year, data shows

08.08.18: A quarter of staff members working on the HS2 project are paid over £100 in their yearly salary, startling new data has found. Salaries and perks over £100,000 were paid to 318 HS2 Ltd officials last year, which is more than dou... more >

LNER Azuma fleet one step closer to completion as work begins in Durham

08.08.18: Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe train factory has begun work on the new Azuma fleet for the East Coast Main Line (ECML), taking passengers one step closer to using the trains on the London North Eastern Railway (LNER) network later this year. ... more >

DfT splashes cash on SME innovation projects

07.08.18: A third of the DfT’s entire procurement budget will be invested in small and medium enterprises (SMEs), according to a new government announcement. In its SME action plan released yesterday, the department said a third of procurement... more >

Amey wins HS2 substations power deal

07.08.18: Infrastructure giant Amey, which in 2016-17 was Network Rail’s third biggest supplier, has landed an HS2 construction contract to provide power for a part of the build stage. The company will design, build and install two new temporar... more >

Extra £43bn needed to make the most of HS2, NIC chair says

07.08.18: A massive £43bn in extra funding is needed to ensure people can make the most of the HS2 project, the government’s infrastructure tsar has said. Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) Sir John Armitt called on the... more >

£1m boost for Tees Valley in new Network Rail freight study

07.08.18: The Tees Valley will receive a £1m investment in partnership with Network Rail to fund a study assessing the future of the region’s rail freight network. NR and Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen signed off the investment, which will... more >

Southend Victoria line to receive 19km of new overhead wires as part of £46m upgrade

06.08.18: A total of 19km of new overhead wires will be installed over the Southend Victoria branch line in the coming months as part of Network Rail’s £46m upgrade to replace their current overhead wiring system. Work will begin from 1 S... more >

Network Rail electrification plans stalled after council rejects bridge removal bid

06.08.18: Campaigners are celebrating after plans from Network Rail to demolish a bridge as part of its electrification scheme were rejected by a local council. The Vale of the White Horse council in Oxfordshire made the landmark decision last week a... more >

First-ever drone flight over ‘trespass hotspot’ will send images directly to BTP

03.08.18: A Network Rail drone will be making its very first flight over the south western rail route today to survey a trespass hotspot in order to record any incidences of people risking their lives on the tracks, with images set to be passed onto the B... more >

Southeastern completes £30m upgrade to a third of its trains

03.08.18: A £30m, three-year upgrade has been completed by Southeastern in a joint venture with Eversholt Rail and Bombardier to a third of its rolling stock. The revamp will benefit more than 600,000 passengers and comes as the Class... more >

Disturbing lack of assurance over plans to fix ‘abysmal’ timetable chaos

03.08.18: It is “disturbing” that neither Network Rail nor the transport operators are able to provide reassurance that their plans to improve the “currently abysmal service levels” and deliver promised network improvements after M... more >

Deliver NPR by 2032 and invest £100bn in northern transport by 2050, MPs demand

02.08.18: A cross-party group of MPs have written to the chancellor calling for £100bn of investment to transform the north of England’s transport by 2050. The letter welcomed the Treasury’s “ongoing commitment to deal with th... more >

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Northern to launch extended compensation scheme for regular travellers

24/09/2018Northern to launch extended compensation scheme for regular travellers

Northern has launched an extended compensation scheme to include regular travellers who don’t hold season tickets following the major disru... more >
Crossrail: Khan commissions report into governance, says he ‘cannot be sure’ of completion date

24/09/2018Crossrail: Khan commissions report into governance, says he ‘cannot be sure’ of completion date

The London mayor has failed to quell concerns about the future of the city’s Crossrail project after he claimed he ‘cannot be sure&rs... more >
Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman... 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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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >
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 >

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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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Eve... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >