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‘Transformational change’ in Wales franchise hinges on new trains and electrification

‘Transformational change’ in Wales franchise hinges on new trains and electrification

20.01.17: A committee of MPs has urged the Welsh and UK governments to end underdevelopment of the Welsh rail network, pointing to the new Wales and Borders franchise as an opportunity for “transformational change” to the network. In a ne...

DfT outlines need for WCP bids to meet ‘creative and ambitious’ plans

DfT outlines need for WCP bids to meet ‘creative and ambitious’ plans

19.01.17: The government has revealed further details about its new West Coast Partnership (WCP) franchise which is scheduled to start in 2019, including more specific timescales about when the franchise integration will take place. The WCP would com...

Abellio sells 40% of Greater Anglia to Mitsui

Abellio sells 40% of Greater Anglia to Mitsui

18.01.17: Train operator Abellio UK has agreed to sell 40% of its Greater Anglia rail franchise to the Japanese firm Mitsui, opening the way for further foreign rail franchise investment. Abellio has been running the Greater Anglia since 2012 and was...

ScotRail’s improvement plan spurs PPM turnaround after recent crisis

ScotRail’s improvement plan spurs PPM turnaround after recent crisis

13.01.17: ScotRail has announced a third consecutive increase in its public performance measure (PPM) figures in a stark improvement over its summer and autumn troubles. The franchise’s PPM performance for period 10 – the four weeks from...

National PPM drops below 80%, with GTR still at the bottom of the table

National PPM drops below 80%, with GTR still at the bottom of the table

19.12.16: The public performance measure (PPM) of Britain’s rail companies dropped to an unprecedented low of 79.1% in the most recent period, new figures show. PPM traditionally falls during winter as a consequence of bad weather, but the rate...

Scottish transport minister unveils £3m ScotRail fare discounts

Scottish transport minister unveils £3m ScotRail fare discounts

16.12.16: ScotRail passengers will get a free week of travel next year as part of a £3m fare discount scheme, the country’s transport minister Humza Yousaf has announced. The package for discounted travel was offered as part of the Scotti...

ORR opens consultation on changes to TOC charges

ORR opens consultation on changes to TOC charges

16.12.16: Rail operators will be required to pay fixed charges from 2018 as part of new proposals from the ORR. The ORR has previously said it supports a greater role for open access operators, who are at risk of being deterred by the cost of franchi...

Doncaster Sheffield Airport seeks ECML rail terminal to boost capacity

Doncaster Sheffield Airport seeks ECML rail terminal to boost capacity

13.12.16: Doncaster Sheffield Airport has announced its hopes to boost the Northern Powerhouse by opening a new train station, allowing the airport to relieve pressure from the south east. The airport’s vision plan – ‘The Vision for...

HS1 could be sold off as owners reveal third-party interest

HS1 could be sold off as owners reveal third-party interest

09.12.16: HS1 could be up for sale after the company that holds the franchise announced a review of its ownership. In 2010, Borealis Infrastructure and Canadian pension fund Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan acquired the 30-year contract from the...

Stagecoach reports half-year profit dip due to ‘subdued’ ECML passenger travel

Stagecoach reports half-year profit dip due to ‘subdued’ ECML passenger travel

07.12.16: Stagecoach has reported that it continues to expect a slight dip in its earnings this financial year, saying that improving demand for rail travel might help counter-balance its falling bus revenues. The transport company’s revenue fo...

Khan frustrated as Grayling halts London rail devolution plans

Khan frustrated as Grayling halts London rail devolution plans

06.12.16: The government has announced that suburban rail services may not be devolved to London after all, frustrating the city’s mayor Sadiq Khan. Earlier this year, the government signed a prospectus which stated suburban services operated b...

DfT to extend West Coast franchise until 2019 ahead of new WCP

DfT to extend West Coast franchise until 2019 ahead of new WCP

06.12.16: A short-term contract will be needed to deliver services on the West Coast Main Line (WCML) for a year after the current franchise ends, prior to the delivery of the new West Coast Partnership (WCP), the DfT has confirmed. From 1 April 2019...

Chris Burchell appointed as new RDG chairman

Chris Burchell appointed as new RDG chairman

05.12.16: Chris Burchell, UK trains managing director at Arriva, has been appointed as chairman of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). His appointment was ratified by RDG directors at a meeting held on Tuesday 29 November, and he will commence his new rol...

FirstGroup ‘keen to bid on’ next ScotRail franchise, as Labour raises cancellation concerns

FirstGroup ‘keen to bid on’ next ScotRail franchise, as Labour raises cancellation concerns

28.11.16: FirstGroup has indicated it is interested in taking back the ScotRail franchise after Scottish Labour claimed that the current operator, Abellio, is cancelling up to 50 trains a day. Abellio took over the franchise from FirstGroup last year...

Transport minister:  ScotRail has learned lessons after recent chaos

Transport minister:  ScotRail has learned lessons after recent chaos

24.11.16: Scottish transport minister Humza Yousaf sought to reassure MSPs that “ScotRail has learned lessons” after receiving severe criticism for problems on Scotland’s railways. In an emergency statement at Holyrood yesterday, Yo...

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Verster to leave ScotRail for East West Rail

20/01/2017Verster to leave ScotRail for East West Rail

Phil Verster will be leaving his current position as ScotRail’s managing director, which he has held since 2015, to become the MD of the Ea... more >
Khan accused of lying over failure to extend TfL fares freeze to travelcards

20/01/2017Khan accused of lying over failure to extend TfL fares freeze to travelcards

London mayor Sadiq Khan has been accused of reneging on his pre-election pledge of a TfL-wide fares freeze after it was revealed that it would ha... more >
‘Transformational change’ in Wales franchise hinges on new trains and electrification

20/01/2017‘Transformational change’ in Wales franchise hinges on new trains and electrification

A committee of MPs has urged the Welsh and UK governments to end underdevelopment of the Welsh rail network, pointing to the new Wales and Border... more >

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17/01/2017Rising to the digital demand

The countdown is well and truly on for this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), and the whole RTM team is looking forward to welcoming you to the fourth edition of this event on 9 February.  Held once again at Battersea Evolution, the prestigious awards ceremony promises to be an extraordinary evening, celebrating some of the major achievements of the industry in the last year. You can see the awards shortlist on pag... read more >

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Making rail fares simpler

Making rail fares simpler

David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, explains how a number of initiatives over the next 12 months aim to make rail fares simpler. By the end of 2017, we hope passengers w... more > more last word articles >

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Commuters close to taking government to court over Southern crisis

06/01/2017Commuters close to taking government to court over Southern crisis

A commuter organisation looking to take the DfT to court over its handling of the Southern rail crisis have said that their legal challenge is almost ready. The Association of British Commuters (ABC) hopes to submit its full application calling for a judicial review by the end of this month, after initially raising funds for the challenge... more >
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Exhibitors prepare for France’s rail technology showcase

20/01/2017Exhibitors prepare for France’s rail technology showcase

Florence Gaidet from Mack Brooks gives RTM an update on what people can expect from SIFER 2017, France’s showcase for railway technology, p... more >
The data-driven railway

20/01/2017The data-driven railway

RTM speaks to James Dean, Network Rail’s director of route asset management (DRAM), LNW, about the work the infrastructure owner is carryin... more >
Achieving efficiency through standards

17/01/2017Achieving efficiency through standards

Vaibhav Puri, head of standards policy at the RSSB, attempts to bust the myths around standards, and argues that they will be vital to the tradin... more >
A digital railway for a modern Britain

17/01/2017A digital railway for a modern Britain

David Waboso CBE, managing director of Group Digital Railway, discusses using digital technology and how we must work together better as an indus... more >

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Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

15/11/2016Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

Phil Verster, managing director of ScotRail Alliance, speaks to RTM’s Luana Salles about the recently-published ‘Investing in the Fut... more >