Rail franchises operators & contracts

New year to kick off with strikes across five franchises

New year to kick off with strikes across five franchises

20.12.17: RMT has confirmed strike action against five rail operators in the New Year. The strikes are part of ongoing separate disputes over what the union calls an “attack on the role of the guard” and the extension of Drive Only Operation...

Government officially launches East West Railway Company

Government officially launches East West Railway Company

14.12.17: Transport secretary Chris Grayling has officially launched the East West Railway (EWR) Company today, intended to restore the link between Oxford and Cambridge. The Varsity line, which previously connected the two cities, was shut down near...

Government could face investigation over Virgin East Coast ‘bailout’

Government could face investigation over Virgin East Coast ‘bailout’

12.12.17: The DfT could be subject to an investigation following the decision to allow Virgin Trains East Coast out of its franchise obligations three years early. Transport secretary Chris Grayling announced the move earlier this month, sparking fea...

West Midlands Trains and London Northwestern launch first services

West Midlands Trains and London Northwestern launch first services

11.12.17: The new West Midlands franchise officially launched this weekend as West Midlands Trains and London Northwestern began operations. The new operator is a joint venture between Abellio, JR East and Mitsui which won the contract from London Mi...

ScotRail puts severe weather plans in place for winter

ScotRail puts severe weather plans in place for winter

06.12.17: ScotRail has outlined its extreme winter weather plans as Scotland prepares to be hit by Storm Caroline. Winter impacts on the railway, with the effects ranging from speed restrictions to service suspension. To avoid objects which may have b...

TPE to invest £7m in new state-of-the-art Scarborough depot

TPE to invest £7m in new state-of-the-art Scarborough depot

04.12.17: TransPennine Express (TPE) is set to invest £7m into a new train servicing depot in Scarborough. The facility, which is expected to open in summer 2018, will provide light maintenance services for trains between Scarborough and Liverpool...

East Coast franchise to end early as Grayling accused of ‘misleading’

East Coast franchise to end early as Grayling accused of ‘misleading’

01.12.17: The Virgin East Coast franchise is to end three years early, in 2020, transport secretary Chris Grayling announced yesterday. The decision has sparked financial concerns across the industry as the franchise – owned jointly by Stagecoa...

Go-Ahead profits stabilise as year-long strike row draws to a close

Go-Ahead profits stabilise as year-long strike row draws to a close

30.11.17: The Go-Ahead Group’s trading has been in line with expectations across its rail business during the first four months of the year (2 July – 29 November) as the company seeks to put its year-long history of strike action behind it. ...

DfT reveals new franchising model for upcoming South Eastern contract

DfT reveals new franchising model for upcoming South Eastern contract

29.11.17: Plans revealed today by the DfT detail a 40,000-passenger capacity increase expected from the next operator of the South Eastern franchise. The new operator will also have to work under the new ‘one team’ model of franchising, w...

GTR opens third public consultation on £7bn Thameslink Programme

GTR opens third public consultation on £7bn Thameslink Programme

28.11.17: Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has opened its third consultation into proposed changes to the £7bn Thameslink Programme. The initial two phases of consultation attracted over 20,000 responses on questions surrounding extended routes a...

Nationalised ScotRail ‘could lead to instant 6% fare cut’

Nationalised ScotRail ‘could lead to instant 6% fare cut’

28.11.17: ScotRail could feasibly be nationalised by 2020, and doing so could give passengers an immediate 6% drop in fares, it has been claimed. Data provided by think tank Common Weal – commissioned by transport union TSSA – suggests th...

Rail needs to do ‘much more’ to improve assistance for disabled people

Rail needs to do ‘much more’ to improve assistance for disabled people

15.11.17: Much more needs to be done to improve the reliability, consistency and awareness of assistance available to rail passengers, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has said. Research by the regulator has found that 12% of passengers who booked assis...

Southern DOO trains comply with disabled passenger policy, ORR states

Southern DOO trains comply with disabled passenger policy, ORR states

13.11.17: Following a period of monitoring, the ORR is satisfied that Southern has continued to comply with its Disabled People’s Protection Policy following its move to driver-only operated (DOO) services. The regulator has conclude...

TSSA announces Christmas and New Year Virgin West Coast strike ballot

TSSA announces Christmas and New Year Virgin West Coast strike ballot

10.11.17: Members of the TSSA working at Virgin West Coast will be balloted on whether to strike over the Christmas and New Year period. Union members make up over 400 of the total staff on the service – which connects London with the north wes...

GTR could be broken up by DfT to combat repeated strike action

GTR could be broken up by DfT to combat repeated strike action

06.11.17: The Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) franchise could be broken up in 2021 when its contract comes up for renewal, the government has said today. The move may help to reduce strike action across Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) n...

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

RAIB to investigate Cambrian line ERTMS failure

22/02/2018RAIB to investigate Cambrian line ERTMS failure

The RAIB has launched an investigation into the loss of speed restriction data to trains during an incident on 20 October on the Cambrian coast lin... more >
Seat design needs more scientific approach to ensure comfort, says industry

22/02/2018Seat design needs more scientific approach to ensure comfort, says industry

There should be more research into the design of train seats in order to provide a more comfortable and safer experience for passengers, the RSSB h... more >
Jobs secured as Amey acquires NR’s Carillion contracts

22/02/2018Jobs secured as Amey acquires NR’s Carillion contracts

Over 700 jobs have been safeguarded as Carillion’s Network Rail contracts have been acquired by Amey Rail Ltd. The transfers come after Ca... more >

editor's comment

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 >

last word

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 >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

09/02/2018Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

The first details of this year’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge have been revealed and it’s safe to say the 2018 edition is set to be more thrilling than ever. Last year saw the RTM team attend the second edition in what is quickly becoming Women in Rail’s flagship event, where teams with a 50/50 gender split compete in a ... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

06/02/2018NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has been gifted with a brand-new lab dedicated to surveying and scanning technologies designed t... more >
Keeping Britain's railway on track

06/02/2018Keeping Britain's railway on track

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, argues investment in track maintenance and rail infrastructure is fundam... more >
The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

06/02/2018The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

Network Rail is seeking to improve asset management whilst cutting down on expenditure by implementing a new Intelligent Infrastructure programme... more >
Project Aura: Changing the game

02/02/2018Project Aura: Changing the game

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), describes how Project Aura has been revolutionising training across the organisatio... more >

rail industry focus

  • 08/12/2017A game changer for Midland Metro

    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the latest projects taking place across the growing Midland Metro...
  • 09/11/2017Testing tomorrow's technology today

    David Brazier, site manager and area sales manager for the UK & Ireland at OMICRON electronics, tells RTM’s Luana Salles about the major...
  • 09/11/2017What next for safety?

    As rail businesses edge towards their target of zero injuries, improving safety performance can plateau. Amey’s sector director for rail, Lee...
View all News

interviews

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 >