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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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Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

22/06/2018Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

As many as 200 staff members could lose their jobs as one of the UK’s major train manufacturers looks to cut costs in its maintenance of th... more >
New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

22/06/2018New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

Those visiting the Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle will have the rare chance to see Hitachi’s brand-new Azuma train from up clos... more >
Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

22/06/2018Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

The expansion of rail is the “only viable option” to grow UK cities and allow them to achieve their economic potential, a new report ... 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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Why the rail industry needs more women

22/06/2018Why the rail industry needs more women

Anesha Rachel Malhan, one of the learners at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), discusses her experience as the only woman at her ... more >
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 >

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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 >