Rail franchises operators & contracts

Metronet Rail BCV & SSL go into PPP administration

19.07.07: Tube safety and operations not affected Metronet Rail BCV Limited (“BCV”) and Metronet Rail SSL Limited (“SSL”), the companies responsible for the maintenance and renewal of the Bakerloo, Central, Victoria, and Water...

ORR track access criteria and procedures review

19.07.07: ORR has published the way forward on its review of track access approval procedures. Many of the changes outlined in the publication are aimed at cutting red tape for Network Rail and train operators when they apply to ORR for track access....

GNER welcomes progress on east coast rail route strategy

13.07.07: GNER has welcomed Network Rail’s publication by of the Draft East Coast Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS), a 10-year strategic blueprint for the flagship East Coast Main Line between London and Scotland. The long-awaited report launche...

First Scotrail shortlisted for business awards

21.06.07: Glasgow-based First ScotRail has been announced as a finalist in The Weber Shandwick Employer of the Year Award in the 2007 National Business Awards for Scotland, sponsored by Orange. First ScotRail, a division of FirstGroup Plc, holds the...

New rail franchise delivers new trains and more services for the west midlands

21.06.07: The Department for Transport has announced that London and Birmingham Railway Ltd (a subsidiary of Govia) has been awarded the contract to run the new West Midlands franchise from 11th November 2007. The new franchise is a combination of th...

Companies who shy away from combining road and rail to transport goods could be missing out.

19.06.07: There is now a genuine case for transport managers to widen their scope and increase rail use - particularly with environmental factors coming sharply into focus. "In many cases companies are opting to transport solely by road networks simp...

Meet international buyers and listen to key project speakers

18.06.07: Opportunity for UK airport, ports and railway suppliers to meet international buyers and to listen to international project speakers. UK companies supplying airports, ports and railways will be given the opportunity to meet international bu...

Fare’s unfair

01.05.07: Alistair Carmichael MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary. The Liberal Democrats have frequently highlighted the higher cost of rail fares in this country compared to those paid in other EU countries and, although there are many b...

Plastic is not the only smart card solution

01.05.07: Newbury Data, manufacturer of the ND4020 rail ticket printer, has recently launched the ND4030, the company’s first entry into contactless smart ticket printing market. Newbury Data believe they are ideally placed to support system in...

Eco stations report launched

01.03.07: Northern Rail and Lancashire County Council have unveiled radical new approaches to the design and operation of small stations at a conference in Preston. The joint report outlines ways in which stations can be run more efficiently and become...

Four in East Coast rail shortlist

01.03.07: The shortlist for the new operator of the UK's East Coast Mainline train service has been announced by the Department for Transport. Bids by Arriva Trains, First Rail, National Express Group have progressed to the next stage. A proposa...

GNER launched new look diesel 125 trains

01.03.07: Train operator GNER has launched the first of its new look diesel 125 trains, as part of a £45m transformation which aims to deliver more reliable, comfortable, quieter and greener journeys for millions of passengers along the East Coast M...

GNER secures two extra trains

01.03.07: GNER has moved swiftly to secure the two extra trains required to help introduce 12 additional weekday services between Yorkshire, the East Midlands and London from May. The two diesel high speed trains (HSTs) will be given a major makeover...

Nomad Digital acquires QinetiQ Rail

01.03.07: Nomad Digital, providers and operators of specialist mobility networks, has announced its acquisition of QinetiQ Rail, the commercial rail division of QinetiQ, one of the UK’s leading defence and security technology companies. Nomad h...

Passengers are experiencing wide differences in rail services

01.03.07: Passenger Focus, the independent national rail consumer watchdog, has said today that passengers are experiencing wide differences in rail services depending on the train operator they travel with. Passenger Focus’ latest National Pas...

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Five injured in Tube explosion

20/06/2018Five injured in Tube explosion

Five people have been injured in an explosion at a north London Underground station. A Metropolitan Police spokesperson confirmed that police we... more >
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 >

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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 >