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Good news for passengers

16.07.09: Passengers could possibly look forward to a cut in rail fares due to very low inflation figures The good news comes after experts calculated that if inflation continues to decrease for the next month, then certain rail fares might come down...

Mayor and TfL statement in response to London Assembly Budget and Performance Committee report on fares

10.07.09: The Mayor of London’s office and Transport for London responded to the London Assembly Budget and Performance Committee’s report on fares. They made it clear that fares will remain affordable and that billions will continue to be inv...

RMT ballots for strike action on pay at National Express East Anglia

10.07.09: Rail union RMT has called for “decisive government action” over rail franchise chaos as they entered a second week of balloting for strike action over pay and working conditions on National Express East Anglia RMT began ballotin...

All change for the rail passenger franchise regime

06.07.09: As you would expect in an industry which delivers such an economically and socially vital service, competition law permeates every aspect of the railways, from regulation of the network itself, to the corporate strategies of the operators. And...

Oyster - the proof is in the pocket

Oyster - the proof is in the pocket

06.07.09: Transport for London’s Oyster smartcard ticketing system was launched in 2003 and has been a huge success with Londoners and visitors to the capital ever since. The Oyster card is accepted as one of the world’s leading smartcard tick...

Branson calls on Government to re-let East Coast franchise as soon as possible

03.07.09: Commenting on the Government’s decision to take the East Coast franchise in to temporary public ownership, Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group said: “Should the East Coast franchise go into default, the Government has m...

Calls for re-think on rail spending

03.07.09: Following on from a Parliamentary debate on rail spending, pteg expressed concern that overcrowding at key regional rail hubs could get worse as the Department of Transport is seeking to scale down its planned investment in additional rolling st...

Passenger satisfaction increases by 1 per cent

Passenger satisfaction increases by 1 per cent

03.07.09: The results of the National Passenger Survey have shown a small increase in overall passenger satisfaction Many of the train operating companies have enjoyed either a small increase in customer satisfaction or at least maintained the levels...

Virgin Trains dissatisfied despite performance improvements

Virgin Trains dissatisfied despite performance improvements

03.07.09: Reacting to the results of the National Passenger Survey, Virgin Trains have said that although they are happy to see an improvement in their customer satisfaction results- up 1 per cent on last year -they still have still got a lot of work to d...

Britain Leading the way in online integrated travel ticketing

Britain Leading the way in online integrated travel ticketing

26.06.09: Britain is the first country in Europe offering bus and train travellers an online ‘one-stop-shop’ for purchase of integrated journey tickets. This news was announced today at the ‘Door-to-door by public transport’ confer...

National Express East Anglia launches consultation

National Express East Anglia launches consultation

23.06.09: National Express East Anglia has launched a 12 week consultation to seek the views of stakeholders and customers on the recently announced plans to improve train service capacity In April this year, the Department for Transport announced a...

rtmjobs.com on track for another record month

19.06.09: This month the site is on target to attract in excess of 23,000 visits which will then generate over 4,000 applications to over 800 jobs This is a staggering increase in traffic of over 22 per cent compared with May’s statistics, furt...

Rail transport markets continue their long-term growth trend

05.06.09: Rail transport markets worldwide are continuing their long-term growth trend and, by the year 2019, will achieve average annual growth of around 2.6 % (rail passenger transport), 1.5 % (local city transport (on rail)) and 3.6 % (rail freight tra...

'Smart' tickets on the cards

29.05.09: ‘Smartcard’ rail tickets are coming to Scotland - signalling a new era of customer service and convenience ScotRail is to begin trialling the new tickets among staff members later this month. Customer testing will follow in...

Watchdog opposed to train centre closure

29.05.09: Passenger Focus has spoken out against South West Train’s plans to close the Waterloo Travel Centre and force passengers into long ticket office queues South West Trains has announced it is consulting on proposals to shut the travel c...

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Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

22/03/2019Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

A new £208m Belfast Transport Hub with major rail and bus connections has been granted planning permission by the Department of Infrastruct... more >
New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

22/03/2019New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

New measures of train punctuality are to be released by train operators and Network Rail next month in a bid to improve performance. The Rai... more >
FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

22/03/2019FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

FirstGroup has finalised a £100m order for Hitachi AT300 electric trainsets in a partnership between the two companies to create a new Lond... 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 West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >