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London Midland experience rail passenger growth

18.12.09: In a welcome return to form, London Midland has reported that rail passenger numbers on the Trent Valley line have increased by nearly a quarter over the last year. London Midland announced that passenger numbers on the route had grown by 2...

Rail good news for Arriva

Rail good news for Arriva

18.12.09: Arriva have reported promising signs of growth in its passenger market, despite acknowledging that there are still testing times ahead. The company said that its cost cutting measures have lessoned the affect of the recession, along with ot...

Cut price seats to Edinburgh?

Cut price seats to Edinburgh?

04.12.09: Lord Adonis is reportedly considering cutting back the price of tickets between London and Edinburgh, after he discovered that many seats go unsold. He said that he didn’t believe that it acceptable to have ‘trains running on th...

National Express to lose East Anglia franchise

27.11.09: Lord Adonis has decreed that National Express will not have their East Anglia franchise agreement renewed in 2011. There have been calls ever since National Express defaulted on their East Coast Mainline commitments earlier in the year for...

Arguments arise over of fare increases

20.11.09: Politicians, lobby groups and train operators have all joined the argument over this year’s fare increases. The arguments are raging over the amount which fares are due to rise with politicians and pressure groups accusing train opera...

Co-operative train operating company gathers momentum

20.11.09: Britain’s first co-operative train operating company has recently appointed three new board members. Keith Vingoe has been appointed chief executive, along with Chris Phillimore as the director of operations and Chris Thompson as dire...

Franchise reforms needed, according to ATOC

20.11.09: Franchise reform would improve services for passengers, give taxpayers a better deal and speed up improvements to rolling stock and stations, according to Michael Roberts, chief executive of the Association of Train Operating Companies. Spe...

Passenger Focus East Coast questionnaire results going to Number 10

20.11.09: The consumer group Passenger Focus has interviewed 6000 people to find out what the public wants from the next franchisee of the East Coast Mainline. The results of those interviews will be passed onto government, in an effort to ensure tha...

Economic stimulus packages positively affecting rail

13.11.09: A report by German consultants SCI Verkehr has found that while rail freight around the world is shown to be loosing revenue, passenger rail is benefiting from the economic stimulus packages brought in by governments worldwide to tackle the rece...

National Express to keep on fighting

13.11.09: National Express has announced that it is to raise £360 million through a rights issue, in an attempt to deal with its debts. According to The Times, National Express- which owes around £1.5 billion -will be offering investors s...

‘Salmon flipping’ scam hits Oyster card users

06.11.09: New research from G4S Secure Solutions (UK) (‘G4S’) reveals that more than 1.1 million Britons have failed to purchase a valid ticket for a tube journey in the last two years. Fare evasion on the underground network in the UK has alm...

Call for longer rail franchises good – but train companies can do more to prove their worth – says CILT

06.11.09: The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT) believes that the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) has made ‘the right call’ in arguing for longer franchises but believes the train companies can do...

Detailed plans confirm timescale and strategy for renationalising East Coast Main Line

06.11.09: A new publicly owned company trading under the brand name East Coast is scheduled to take over the East Coast Main Line from the 12th of December 2009. The union RMT are demanding to know why National Express’s other two routes, East...

ATOC wants to ‘do more for passengers and taxpayers’

30.10.09: The Association of Train Operating Companies is calling for major reform to the rail franchising system, after the publication of it’s report into the rail franchise system. The Association believes that reforms to lengthen rail franc...

Lowest passenger complaints since records began

30.10.09: Statistics have shown that rail passengers have made the lowest amount of complaints about the rail service in the UK since records began. These results come at a time when surveys have shown that passenger satisfaction is also growing for...

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Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

19/07/2019Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

A review of the Rail North Partnership, headed by Leeds Council leader cllr Judith Blake and rail minister Andrew Jones, has set out recommendati... more >
TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

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Transport for London (TfL) have announced that 4G will be available on parts of the London Underground from March 2020. The eastern half of ... more >
Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

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An international study of light rail systems has identified Metrolink as one of the best in the world. The system was rated as fifth best in... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >