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Rail Delivery Group boss: British railways ‘the envy of Europe’

Rail Delivery Group boss: British railways ‘the envy of Europe’

31.07.18: The director of the rail industry’s membership group has claimed that British railways are the “envy” of Europe. Director of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) Robert Nisbet told BBC 5 Live yesterday that the nation’s rai...

Timetable disruption cost northern economy £38m, bosses call for greater TfN devolution

Timetable disruption cost northern economy £38m, bosses call for greater TfN devolution

30.07.18: Rail industry chaos caused by new timetables on 20 May cost the northern England economy £38m, new analysis has shown. Analysis produced by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), a group led by former chancellor George Osborne, fo...

Burnham urges May to ‘solve the railway chaos’ after botched emergency timetables

Burnham urges May to ‘solve the railway chaos’ after botched emergency timetables

30.07.18: The mayor of Greater Manchester has today written to Theresa May calling on her to intervene to solve constant disruption to rail services in the north. Andy Burnham said it was “frankly outrageous” that the introduction of emer...

SWR to renegotiate future timetables with DfT for 'maximum benefit' to customers

SWR to renegotiate future timetables with DfT for 'maximum benefit' to customers

24.07.18: The future of South Western Railway (SWR) services will be renegotiated with the DfT as the company looks to implement changes to future timetables to ensure minimal disruption for customers. According to documents from the ORR, the operato...

DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

19.07.18: 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 whether the TOC breached its contracts. During an urgent question about the May timetable fiasco at...

Scathing letter rips into May timetable chaos, demands Grayling take responsibility

Scathing letter rips into May timetable chaos, demands Grayling take responsibility

18.07.18: Members of the London Assembly have written to Chris Grayling calling on him to take responsibility for the failings of the industry in implementing new timetables – which have wreaked havoc across the network since their roll-out in May &...

DfT said East Coast bid was ‘low-risk’ despite very ambitious growth targets

DfT said East Coast bid was ‘low-risk’ despite very ambitious growth targets

17.07.18: Stagecoach and Virgin’s original bid for the failed Intercity East Coast franchise was “ambitious” and not fully believed by the DfT to succeed, MPs have been told. Speaking to the Commons Transport Select Committee yester...

More delays hit GTR after third timetable in two months, leaving passengers furious

More delays hit GTR after third timetable in two months, leaving passengers furious

17.07.18: Services on the renewed timetable for struggling rail firm GTR have already been hit by a spate of cancellations despite the operator introducing its third timetable in two months. Networks under GTR’s control— Southern, Thamesl...

Up north: a long-term strategy

Up north: a long-term strategy

17.07.18: Until April, David Hoggarth was director of Rail North. Now, after the amalgamation of Rail North with subnational body Transport for the North (TfN), he is the latter’s strategic rail director. Here, he talks about the importance of a lon...

GTR launches third timetable in two months, hopes to provide ‘more robust service’

GTR launches third timetable in two months, hopes to provide ‘more robust service’

16.07.18: Struggling operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will introduce its third timetable in just two months following a chaotic service shake-up in May. Rail services around the country were heavily disrupted from 20 May when operators introdu...

Timetable chaos: Rail industry ‘lacks courage’ to say no to impossible demands

Timetable chaos: Rail industry ‘lacks courage’ to say no to impossible demands

13.07.18: The rail industry needs to pluck up the courage to say no to others instead of trying to accommodate every single stakeholder demand – and then failing to deliver on these expectations, rail veteran Chris Gibb has said. Gibb, who chai...

Northern passengers to receive special compensation after May timetable chaos

Northern passengers to receive special compensation after May timetable chaos

12.07.18: Northern Rail passengers will have access to a special compensation scheme as a result of the May timetable changes, although details about who will be entitled to refunds are yet to be confirmed. The scheme, announced by the rail minister...

The rail franchise model ‘is bust’ says former Network Rail chief

The rail franchise model ‘is bust’ says former Network Rail chief

12.07.18: Article by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine. Former Network Rail chief, John Armitt, has said to the BBC that rail operators have taken a "very significant revenue risk" which has "got them into trouble." This is because the gov...

GTR manager takes up two seats on packed train, tells passengers they can’t share empty carriage

GTR manager takes up two seats on packed train, tells passengers they can’t share empty carriage

11.07.18: A high-ranking manager at Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has been criticised after taking up two first class seats on a full train and preventing economy passengers using the carriage. Passenger Emma Fitzpatrick photographed Mark Boon, head...

'Disappointed' rail industry reacts to scrapped December timetable changes

'Disappointed' rail industry reacts to scrapped December timetable changes

10.07.18: The rail industry has reacted to news yesterday that some major TOCs will not be introducing new timetables in December, in an effort to prevent another rail schedule fiasco like the chaotic implementation of new timetables in May. Released...

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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 >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed b... more >
Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21/09/2018Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of 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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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. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... 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 “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... 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 >

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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 >