Rail franchises operators & contracts

New routes, trains and alliance working mooted for South Eastern

New routes, trains and alliance working mooted for South Eastern

14.03.17: New routes, high-capacity Metro-style trains, integrating train and track operators through an alliance and even getting rid of First Class seating on the busiest routes are all ideas that have been put forward today in the DfT’s South Eas...

Growth Track 360: The story so far

Growth Track 360: The story so far

09.03.17: Chair of the North Wales & Mersey Dee Cross-Border Rail Task Force, Councillor Samantha Dixon, gives RTM an update on the key milestones achieved so far by the Growth Track 360 campaign. Transportation is the lifeblood of our regional e...

Three bidders shortlisted for 2019 East Midlands franchise

Three bidders shortlisted for 2019 East Midlands franchise

01.03.17: The DfT has today announced a shortlist of three operators who will compete for the East Midlands franchise. The companies who are in the running for the franchise’s contract are Arriva Rail East Midlands, a wholly owned subsidiary of...

GTR ‘challenges’ blamed for parent company’s whopping 35% profit dip

GTR ‘challenges’ blamed for parent company’s whopping 35% profit dip

28.02.17: The transport company behind Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has revealed a whopping 35% drop in rail operating profit in its half-year profit, as it also apologised for “months of severe disruption and inconvenience” that have come a...

Rail industry made and spent £18.4bn in 2015-16, ORR reveals

Rail industry made and spent £18.4bn in 2015-16, ORR reveals

24.02.17: ORR has this week published its UK rail industry financial information 2015-16, which has revealed the expenditure and income sources of the whole rail industry for the past year. The publication was started in 2010-11 and aims to increase...

Trenitalia completes £72m deal to acquire c2c

Trenitalia completes £72m deal to acquire c2c

13.02.17: The Italian passenger rail company Trenitalia, a part of FS Italiane Group, has completed the acquisition of London and Essex train operator c2c from National Express Group. Reports Josh Mines. While a provisional arrangement was reached fo...

Industry sets out 12 key rail priorities to ‘strengthen case for funding’

Industry sets out 12 key rail priorities to ‘strengthen case for funding’

09.02.17: Rail industry experts have come together to launch the Capability Delivery Plan (CPD), which highlights the current challenges facing the railway in the digital age and outlines 12 whole-system priority areas that need to be improved in the comi...

Greater Anglia to lobby government for investment in 10-point upgrade plea

Greater Anglia to lobby government for investment in 10-point upgrade plea

08.02.17: Greater Anglia has laid out 10 key rail infrastructure priorities that need to be made within the next decade in order for the planned benefits of its own franchise commitments to be “fully realised”. In a statement, the operato...

RMT accuses Aslef of ‘shocking betrayal’ in Southern deal

RMT accuses Aslef of ‘shocking betrayal’ in Southern deal

06.02.17: The RMT has lashed out at the truce agreed last week between fellow rail union Aslef and Southern rail in the pair’s long-running dispute over driver-only operated (DOO) trains, calling it a “shocking betrayal” of workers and p...

MPs float longer-term deals as solution to broken franchising model

MPs float longer-term deals as solution to broken franchising model

06.02.17: MPs have raised serious concerns about the UK’s current rail franchising model, arguing that it is unsustainable in the long term without lasting changes. A report by the Transport Select Committee into rail franchising, one of an ong...

Southern commuters launch legal challenge against DfT

Southern commuters launch legal challenge against DfT

01.02.17: Commuters on the Southern rail service have successfully launched their legal challenge against the DfT over the government’s handling of the Southern rail crisis. Lawyers acting on behalf of the Association of British Commuters (ABC)...

Merseytravel faces legal challenge over new £460m fleet

Merseytravel faces legal challenge over new £460m fleet

30.01.17: Merseytravel has confirmed that it will face a legal challenge from the transportation company Bombardier over how it awarded a £460m contract to deliver its new Merseyrail fleet. Last December, Bombardier missed out in its bid to rep...

DfT told to stop ‘ducking’ Southern contract issue and make up its mind

DfT told to stop ‘ducking’ Southern contract issue and make up its mind

26.01.17: The Transport Select Committee has urged the DfT to hurry up in deciding whether Southern is failing to run adequate services, arguing that ministers cannot “duck” the issue further and should come to a conclusion urgently. But...

Virgin Trains completes £40m East Coast fleet refurbishment

Virgin Trains completes £40m East Coast fleet refurbishment

25.01.17: Virgin Trains has completed its £40m programme of refurbishing its entire East Coast fleet. The TOC has spent the last two years refurbishing its current fleet of 45 High Speed and Intercity 225 trains to improve passenger experience....

FirstGroup and Trenitalia join forces for East Midlands and WCP franchises

FirstGroup and Trenitalia join forces for East Midlands and WCP franchises

25.01.17: FirstGroup and Trenitalia UK have announced that they will be submitting joint bids for the new East Midlands and West Coast Partnership (WCP) franchises due to be awarded next year. The companies have submitted an expression of interest to...

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Reasons to be cheerful

23/03/2017Reasons to be cheerful

Ahead of the major imminent reforms to the apprenticeship system, Simon Rennie, general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, outlin... more >
TfWM to take over running of Midland Metro next year

22/03/2017TfWM to take over running of Midland Metro next year

Day-to-day running of the Midland Metro tram service will be taken on entirely by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) from October 2018 when the c... more >
Forgetful passengers to be refunded railcard penalties

22/03/2017Forgetful passengers to be refunded railcard penalties

A new scheme will allow passengers who are charged extra for travelling without a railcard to claim their money back at least once per year, effe... more >

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08/03/2017A celebration of rail achievement

Welcome to this special UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) review issue of RTM. The fourth edition of the prestigious awards took place on 9 February at London’s Battersea Evolution and, once again, was a huge success.  With over 1,100 rail decision-makers in attendance, the black-tie event was a great place for networking and celebrating the success of the rail industry in the last 12 months. To see who won at this year’s... read more >

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Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

Ahead of the major imminent reforms to the apprenticeship system, Simon Rennie, general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, outlines the industry’s reasons to be positive abo... more > more last word articles >

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Business as usual: Vivarail begins testing of new battery train

21/03/2017Business as usual: Vivarail begins testing of new battery train

If you were one of the many left saddened and disappointed when Vivarail’s test train caught fire over the festive period due to a fuel leak on one of the gensets, the company has some good news: its new test car, operated as a battery train, has completed its first successful run – sending a clear message to all non-believers that... more >
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The future connected rail system needs a connected community

21/03/2017The future connected rail system needs a connected community

The rail and tech sectors must collaborate to determine the optimal route to the digital railway, writes Julian McGougan, head of technology at t... more >
Suppliers offer boost to digital railway plans

21/03/2017Suppliers offer boost to digital railway plans

David Clarke, technical director at the Railway Industry Association (RIA), explains why the success of the supply chain will be the success of t... more >
Collecting safety culture data confidentially

21/03/2017Collecting safety culture data confidentially

Chris Langer, scheme intelligence manager at CIRAS, explains how confidential reporting can ‘deep dive’ into an organisation’s ... more >
Inclusive design of ticket sales counters

21/03/2017Inclusive design of ticket sales counters

Boaz Yariv, senior architect, and Dr Elizabeth de Mello, senior ergonomics specialist at Network Rail, discuss the complex ergonomic consideratio... more >

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Intertrain: ready for the future

23/02/2017Intertrain: ready for the future

RTM recently attended Intertrain’s ‘Driving for Success’ event in Doncaster, where leaders from major players such as Carillion... more >