Rail franchises operators & contracts

Fastline Freight launches second service to Midlands

01.09.06: Fastline Freight has extended its service with the introduction of a new route between Thamesport and the Midlands, complementing its existing service to the North East. The additional service comes just weeks after Fastline Freight announc...

Laing O’Rourke seals Barclay Mowlem deal

01.07.06: Laing O’Rourke, the leading privately owned construction company in the UK, has acquired Brisbane-based contractor Barclay Mowlem for a fee around £30m. Although it does not include Barclay Mowlem’s 13.9% state in Freightl...

RMT ‘no more privatised rail’ plea

01.07.06: Britain’s largest rail and Tube union has blasted Transport for London’s plans to privatise the Tube’s East London Line and re-privatise the North London Line. As TfL announced the preferred bidders to run the two lines, t...

TfL concerned about First Capital Connect fare restrictions

01.07.06: Transport for London (TfL) has expressed concerns about the wider impact of First Capital Connect’s new fares policy, which has restricted the use of cheap day return tickets on their northbound peak service. The policy was introduced...

Transport for London claim fails

01.05.06: Transport for London (TfL) has failed in a legal action brought against Tramtrack Croydon Ltd. (TCL). The South London tram system, operated by TCL, is designed to carry up to 28 million passengers, but currently carries just 22 million. Th...

Gatwick Express ranked best in country

01.02.06: Gatwick Express has been voted the number one train operating company (TOC) in the UK for a record fifth time over the past two and a half years. The Independent National Passenger Survey (NPS) provides a network-wide picture of customers&r...

Mayor to take responsibility for Silverlink Metro

01.02.06: The Department for Transport has announced that responsibility for Silverlink Metro services will be transferred to Transport for London. Silverlink Metro consists of train services between Richmond and North Woolwich, Gospel Oak and Barkin...

EWS awarded Sleeper contract

01.12.05: First ScotRail has awarded EWS a new contract to provide drivers and locomotives for the operation of the Caledonian Sleeper services between Scotland and London. EWS has a long association with the Caledonian Sleeper and has been providing...

First Group wins Greater Western Franchise

01.12.05: The Department for Transport has announced that First Group has been awarded the contract to run the Greater Western Franchise from 1st April. The Greater Western Franchise will include routes on the national rail network currently operated...

Rail Care Team to help accident survivors

01.12.05: Train operators First Great Western and First Great Western Link have joined a national rail industry initiative by establishing a Rail Care Team to help survivors in the aftermath of major accidents. Over 30 volunteers from both companies...

Re-privatisation of South Eastern Trains

01.12.05: The Department for Transport has announced that Govia has received the contract to run the Integrated Kent rail franchise for eight years from 1st April, with the final two years dependent on service performance achieving set targets. The c...

Government slammed over franchise plans

13.09.05: The Government was criticised last month for neglecting mainline services in South West in the forthcoming Greater Western franchise proposals. The claims came from Sewta, the South East Wales Transport Alliance, which argues that the Great...

Improvements in advance timetable information

13.09.05: Advanced timetable and advance seat booking facilities are improving, according to new figures announced by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) last month. Improvements have been made since Network Rail received a warning from ORR last year...

Oyster e-money project moves a step closer

13.09.05: Transport for London (TfL) has announced the shortlist of potential partners for the development of London’s Oyster e-money project. The companies have been shortlisted from a list of nearly 100 companies that expressed an interest earli...

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Union to continue with controversial four-day Easter Weekend strike

16/03/2018Union to continue with controversial four-day Easter Weekend strike

Union members working for South Western Railway (SWR) are to go through with a four-day strike running across both bank holidays over the Easter ... more >
NR slapped with £730,000 fine for Gloucester freight derailment

16/03/2018NR slapped with £730,000 fine for Gloucester freight derailment

Network Rail has been ordered to pay £733,000 fines after a court found that its failure to adequately maintain track had caused a freight ... more >
Network Rail sees more than £200m in retail sales in Q4 2017

15/03/2018Network Rail sees more than £200m in retail sales in Q4 2017

Retail sales at Network Rail managed stations grew by 3.5% in the final quarter of 2017, it was revealed today. Between April and December 2017 ... 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 can UK rail become a global leader?

06/03/2018How can UK rail become a global leader?

Alison Dervis, EY director, explains why more diverse thinking, innovation and industry collaboration will help deliver transformative change to the railway industry. From late Georgian steam engines, to the multibillion-pound civil engineering projects of modern day, Britain’s railways have a legendary and inspiring tale to tell of... more >
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Smart Ticketing: The way ahead

13/03/2018Smart Ticketing: The way ahead

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), runs through the nationwide progress in rolling out ... more >
A benchmark year for HS2

13/03/2018A benchmark year for HS2

Jim Crawford, managing director of Phase 1 at HS2 Ltd, discusses the many critical activities set to take place this year as the mammoth high-spe... more >
The North has a plan

13/03/2018The North has a plan

There has always been an incredible thirst for change in the north. Now, there is finally a plan robust and forward-thinking enough to make it ha... more >
EWR: Getting it right

13/03/2018EWR: Getting it right

Peter Austin, delivery director at East West Rail Company (EWRco), argues that completing the link between Oxford and Cambridge as quickly as pos... more >

rail industry focus

  • 08/12/2017A game changer for Midland Metro

    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the latest projects taking place across the growing Midland Metro...
  • 09/11/2017Testing tomorrow's technology today

    David Brazier, site manager and area sales manager for the UK & Ireland at OMICRON electronics, tells RTM’s Luana Salles about the major...
  • 09/11/2017What next for safety?

    As rail businesses edge towards their target of zero injuries, improving safety performance can plateau. Amey’s sector director for rail, Lee...
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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 >