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Penny the Pendolino becomes 'One in a Million'

10.01.08: A Virgin Trains' Pendolino tilting train, designed, built and maintained by Alstom, has become the first of the 52-strong fleet to clock up a million miles. Train No. 390022, named Penny the Pendolino, clocked up the magical million miles o...

Commuters in the South East face the most expensive and overcrowded journeys

03.01.08: On the day that travellers are hit by up to 14% rail fare increases, the Liberal Democrats have released figures highlighting the most expensive London commutes. The research reveals that: • Commuters from St Albans, Luton and Red...

Guards and drivers to be balloted at First Great Western

03.01.08: More than 600 RMT guards and train drivers are to be balloted for industrial action over breakdowns in industrial relations and the use of managers to guard and drive trains. Two separate ballots will begin on December 27 and are scheduled...

2008 Winter timetable starts

13.12.07: The new 2008 Winter National Rail timetable commenced on Sunday 9 December and will see a record number of passengers services running on Britain’s railway - 20,000 trains every weekday. The timetable reflects the additional investmen...

National Express sets new pace on inter city east coast

13.12.07: Transport business National Express Group signalled a new era in passenger rail services with the launch yesterday of its National Express East Coast franchise which will provide services on the East Coast Main Line between London, Yorkshire, th...

Partnership provides new benefits for station car park users

13.12.07: National Express Group’s ‘one’ railway has signed a new partnership agreement with National Car Parks (NCP) to provide a comprehensive contract management service of all ‘one’s 62 pay car parks at the train operator...

One railway wins green business award for fleet management at the international green business awards 2007

06.12.07: National Express Group’s ‘one’ railway has won the Best Fleet Management Award at the international Green Business Awards run by World Business magazine and the INSEAD Business School. The awards recognise best practice in envi...

ORR launches consultation

06.12.07: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has launched a consultation on its 2008/09 business plan. The consultation will help decide the key priorities in health and safety and economic regulation for April 2008 to March 2009. Bill Emery, O...

GNER continues to deliver

29.11.07: Fourth new-look train now in service. With less than three weeks to go before the start of a new franchise under new owners, train operator GNER has launched its fourth refurbished diesel 125 train into service. The train’s entry into...

London & Continental Railways is to be separated into three distinct businesses

22.11.07: Rail Minister Tom Harris has announced to Parliament in the Second Reading of the CTRL (Supplementary Provisions) Bill that London & Continental Railways is to be separated into three distinct businesses, and that High Speed One will be sold...

£3M Lathe keeps one extra train in service

15.11.07: East Coast Main Line operator GNER has invested £3 million in a new wheel lathe to improve turnaround and maintenance times at one of its depots. The benefit to passengers is that an extra train set is kept in service, providing an ex...

East Midlands Trains launches

15.11.07: East Midlands Trains - the new train company for the East Midlands and South Yorkshire - starts its franchise on Sunday (11 November) at 2am. The company, run by Stagecoach Group, begins its seven-year-and-four-month franchise which is made...

New beginning for CrossCountry train travel

15.11.07: A new train operator begins services today (11 November), bringing fresh vision for the future of the UK’s most extensive rail franchise. CrossCountry is the brand and identity of the new company, which is part of leading European tra...

Eurostar maintenance depot opens in east London

Eurostar maintenance depot opens in east London

14.11.07: Eurostar’s new UK depot, Eurostar Engineering Centre Temple Mills has been opened by Tom Harris MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport. Situated in Leyton in east London, the Temple Mills depot is directly connec...

New hand held printer is just the ticket

14.11.07: Technology solutions specialist, Brother, has launched a new hand held A6 mobile printer designed for ticket inspectors who need to print on the move. Slim, light and compact, the new M-Print device allows users to print documents from a PD...

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ORR report: ‘No one took charge’ in May timetable chaos, ‘everyone made mistakes’

20/09/2018ORR report: ‘No one took charge’ in May timetable chaos, ‘everyone made mistakes’

A scathing report into the May timetable chaos has blasted transport secretary Chris Grayling, Network Rail, and the DfT’s handling of the ... more >
Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

20/09/2018Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

The Transport Committee has urged the DfT to “be more specific about the economic rebalancing effects it intends to achieve&rdquo... more >
DfT quietly pulls the plug on CrossCountry franchise competition

20/09/2018DfT quietly pulls the plug on CrossCountry franchise competition

The government has decided to pull the plug on the CrossCountry franchise competition as a result of its rail review announcement today. Bec... 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 East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >