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First MTR takes charge of new South Western franchise

First MTR takes charge of new South Western franchise

22.08.17: South Western Railway (SWR) has this week started work operating services in London and the south of England on the new South Western franchise. Earlier this year, the franchise was awarded to the joint venture between First Group and Hong...

CMA accepts fare caps on Exeter-London route due to ‘lack of competition’

CMA accepts fare caps on Exeter-London route due to ‘lack of competition’

18.08.17: Price caps will be imposed on unregulated fares between London and Exeter after the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) raised concern about a lack of competition on services. Last month, the CMA found problems with a lack of compe...

ORR reveals first-ever ‘to the minute’ performance across TOCs

ORR reveals first-ever ‘to the minute’ performance across TOCs

11.08.17: The ORR has today released performance statistics for period 4 measuring train punctuality ‘to the minute’ for the first time ever at an operator level. Trains for every operator are recorded as ‘on time’ when the la...

Abellio JV named winner of West Midlands rail franchise

Abellio JV named winner of West Midlands rail franchise

10.08.17: The DfT has announced that West Midlands Trains Ltd, a joint venture between Abellio, East Japan Railway Company and Mitsui & Co Ltd, has won the contract to operate the next West Midlands rail franchise. Two train companies had be...

Merseyrail records performance dip in period 4

Merseyrail records performance dip in period 4

01.08.17: Merseyrail saw a surprising dip in performance during period 4, as Network Rail PPM measures showed that the operator fell to some way below its usual high-performing standards. Though Merseyrail’s PPM – the percentage of trains...

RSG partners with RDG to give supply chain clearer and more independent voice

RSG partners with RDG to give supply chain clearer and more independent voice

24.07.17: A new partnership between the Rail Supply Group (RSG) and the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has today been announced with the aim of co-ordinating shared objectives and giving the supply chain a stronger voice. The move will strengthen relation...

New bi-mode fleet a requirement for East Midlands as consultation opens

New bi-mode fleet a requirement for East Midlands as consultation opens

21.07.17: The DfT has this week launched its public consultation on the new East Midlands franchise, including specifications for a new bi-mode fleet of intercity trains, whilst at the same time revealing that plans to electrify the Midland Main Line nort...

Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

20.07.17: Geoff Ogden, interim managing director at Transport for Wales (TfW), talks to RTM about how the organisation is putting sustainable development at the heart of its services. TfW is a wholly-owned, not-for-profit company established by the W...

Govia gets West Midlands franchise extension after DfT misses contract deadline

Govia gets West Midlands franchise extension after DfT misses contract deadline

17.07.17: The current West Midlands franchise will be given an eight-week extension, the DfT has today decided. Operated by London Midland, an arm of Govia, the franchise was originally expected to end in October this year, but now will be extended t...

A game changer for Wales and Borders

A game changer for Wales and Borders

17.07.17: Andy Thomas, managing director for Network Rail’s Wales route, describes how the infrastructure owner will work more collaboratively than ever with whoever is chosen to operate the next Wales & Borders franchise. When transport se...

Aslef adds to overtime ban with three days of strikes on Southern in August

Aslef adds to overtime ban with three days of strikes on Southern in August

14.07.17: Aslef drivers have today announced three days of strike action next month, to the dismay of Southern bosses who are already dealing with three days’ worth of strikes from the RMT in July. The industrial action will take place on Tuesd...

GTR to pay out £13.4m for staff and service improvements on Southern

GTR to pay out £13.4m for staff and service improvements on Southern

13.07.17: The DfT has today reached an agreement with GTR to make the company fund a £13.4m package to improve the performance of Southern trains for passengers. It follows a ruling at the end of June that gave transport secretary Chris Graylin...

CMA raises competition concerns over SW franchise award to First MTR

CMA raises competition concerns over SW franchise award to First MTR

11.07.17: The government market regulator has today raised concern about the award of the South Western franchise to First MTR. In March, the franchise was awarded to the company, which is a joint venture between First Group and Hong Kong based firm...

Operators roll out on-the-day advanced tickets for passengers

Operators roll out on-the-day advanced tickets for passengers

05.07.17: Passengers who book tickets at short notice will soon benefit from cheaper fares, as the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has announced that millions of advanced tickets will now be available up to 10 minutes before departure. Customers of Grand C...

‘Heroically ambitious’ priorities outlined for Wales and Borders franchise

‘Heroically ambitious’ priorities outlined for Wales and Borders franchise

30.06.17: The National Assembly for Wales Committee has today unveiled what the 10 priorities for the new Wales and Borders franchise should be for competing operators. In a report drawn up by the Assembly, potential operators were told that deliveri...

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Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

19/06/2018Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have walked out in a fresh dispute between the union and Northern Rail over a long-runnin... more >
TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

19/06/2018TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

Bosses from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Northern Rail cited failures in infrastructure being completed in time and last-minute change... more >
Labour to launch no confidence challenge against Grayling

19/06/2018Labour to launch no confidence challenge against Grayling

The transport secretary is under fire in parliament today as Labour looks to draft a motion of no confidence in the Commons. The party is us... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

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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 >