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Compensation for customers

04.07.08: National Express East Anglia has secured a special compensation package from Network Rail for customers who were affected by the overhead line problems and freight train derailment that occurred between 9 and 13 June. Customers holding seas...

National Express submits exciting proposals for new services and faster journeys

26.06.08: Train operator National Express East Coast today reveals exciting proposals for new services and faster journeys linking London with the East Midlands, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, North East England and Scotland The company’s proposals i...

ORR chairman calls on rail industry to think about customer expectations

20.06.08: ORR chairman Chris Bolt today called on the rail industry to think radically about how it can meet growth in demand and increased customer expectations. In a keynote address to the Institute of Economic Affairs' conference on The Future of...

Passengers wasting time queuing

30.05.08: Rail passengers are wasting too much time at the ticket office, latest national research from Passenger Focus shows The national rail watchdog found on average rail users queued longer at off-peak times, with one in six passengers waiting i...

ORR seeks views on the national rail standards

16.05.08: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) is seeking the views of industry stakeholders on the national rail standards regimes. Standards play a key role in facilitating the delivery of a safe and efficient railway. ORR recognises the ongoing wor...

Three railway companies fined £200,000

16.05.08: Three railway companies have each been fined £200,000 and together ordered to pay £42,000 costs at Coventry Crown Court. The prosecution by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) followed a serious accident at Marston Green near Bi...

MTU Friedrichshafen opens new location in United Kingdom

MTU Friedrichshafen opens new location in United Kingdom

14.05.08: Tognum subsidiary MTU Friedrichshafen has opened new offices and a workshop for MTU UK in East Grinstead Tognum is one of the world’s leading suppliers of high speed diesel engines and complete propulsion systems for ships, heavy land...

New direct rail service launches

New direct rail service launches

14.05.08: The third open access operator, Wrexham & Shropshire, opened for business on Monday 28 April running five direct trains a day between London Marylebone, Shropshire and Wrexham without public subsidy. From the summer, each new train will...

The future of train travel is Smart

14.05.08: Change happens! Today’s mobile generation customers want the convenience, ease and control of hassle-free transport ticketing instead of the more complicated process that most of us still face in UK transport. Simplicity is key, ease-of-us...

No new Metronet for Tyne and Wear, says RMT

09.05.08: Biggest rail union pledges ‘tooth and nail’ fight to keep Metro 100% public A tooth-and-nail fight against privatisation has been pledged by Britain’s biggest rail union after plans emerged that could see Tyne and Wear M...

Virgin Trains' response to ORR announcement on West Coast plan

09.05.08: Virgin Trains today pledged to keep inconvenience to passengers to a minimum while one of the most intensive programmes of engineering work ever on a UK main line is completed by Network Rail. This follows the Office of Rail Regulation's (O...

Buffers removed for Wrexham & Shropshire’s direct service to the capital

01.05.08: The third open access operator, Wrexham & Shropshire, opened for business on Monday 28 April running five direct trains a day between London Marylebone, Shropshire and Wrexham, without public subsidy. The new service run by Wrexham &...

Government transport policy ‘unconvincing’, says CILT

25.04.08: In response to government consultations, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) argues that urgent action is needed to ensure the UK’s transport network remains fit for purpose. Its position was endorsed by the Eddington...

Double first for First Great Western

Double first for First Great Western

08.04.08: First Great Western has won recognition for its £143 million investment programme to improve its high-speed train fleet by winning both the Rolling Stock Excellence of the Year and the Engineering Excellence of the Year categories at this...

ORR warns performance must improve on Western route

08.04.08: The Office of Rail Regulation has warned Network Rail that there must be an improvement in punctuality and reliability on its Western route. Train services on the route operated by First Great Western between London, the Thames Valley, the...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transp... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. The Financial Times b... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with ... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >