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GNER unveils new look for station waiting ‘pods’

01.10.07: EAST Coast train operator GNER has unveiled the latest stage of its programme of station improvements, aimed at improving the journey experience for passengers. Three glass-covered waiting ‘pods’ within Newcastle station, betwee...

Angel trains purchases 60 Bombardier traxx locomotives for operation in continental Europe

27.09.07: Pan-European train leasing company, Angel Trains, has placed an order for 60 Bombardier Traxx locomotives for cross-border operations. The firm order and options, including a combination of TRAXX AC, DC and MS locomotives, is worth approximately...

Senior appointments strengthen Arriva’s UK trains division

27.09.07: Arriva plc, one of Europe’s largest transport services organisations, today announced two senior appointments within its UK Trains division, following the company’s recent success in winning the CrossCountry franchise, which starts o...

Region's rail network on agenda at Labour Party Conference

20.09.07: Greater Manchester's transport leaders will call for overcrowding on local rail services to be tackled as a priority at the Labour Party Conference next week. The number of journeys made by train passengers in Greater Manchester has more th...

Virgin Trains' second wave of Go Greener, Go Cheaper advertising campaign

20.09.07: Following on from the success of the 'Go Greener Go Cheaper' marketing campaign in March this year, the second burst of this activity again takes the environmental fight directly to both the car and domestic airlines. The £4m campaign is l...

ORR announces decision on additional services between London and Wrexham

13.09.07: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has approved track access rights for a new service between London Marylebone and Wrexham. The rights will come into effect in December 2007 and run for seven years, providing for a new 'open access' company Wr...

National Express Group awarded contract

16.08.07: Passenger Focus, the independent rail consumer watchdog, has responded to the announcement by the Department for Transport that the National Express Group has been awarded the contract to run the Intercity East Coast rail franchise from 9 Decemb...

New East coast rail franchise

16.08.07: EAST Coast train operator GNER has shared the disappointment of its bid partners, Stagecoach Group plc and The Virgin Group of Companies, after the Department for Transport announced that the partnership bid for a new Inter City East Coast franc...

New Train Company unveiled

16.08.07: A new train company for the East Midlands and South Yorkshire area has unveiled its name, logo and the look of its train livery – and plans for millions of pounds of improvements to trains and stations. East Midlands Trains, run by St...

Praise for 20% rail passenger rise

16.08.07: Public transport leaders have praised a local train operator for increasing passenger numbers by a fifth in just three years. Northern Rail began running services across the north of England in 2004 and was recently named as the public transpor...

George Muir Announces His Intention to Retire As ATOC Director General

09.08.07: George Muir, Director General of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), has announced that he will retire when he turns sixty five early next year after more then eight years’ service. Adrian Shooter, Chairman of the ATO...

GNER unveils new look for station waiting ‘pods’

26.07.07: EAST Coast train operator GNER has unveiled the latest stage of its programme of station improvements, aimed at improving the journey experience for passengers. Three glass-covered waiting ‘pods’ within Newcastle station, betwee...

TouchPC provides electronic accounting for GNER’s on board sales

23.07.07: Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) was faced with the challenge of simplifying its catering and retail sales accounting on board its fleet of 75 trains. A new customer service culture had meant expansion and upgrade of its catering offer includi...

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....

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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 >