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RMT condemns “obscene” Arriva profits

29.08.08: Specialist transport union RMT condemned Arriva profits as obscene, calling for the rail and bus operator’s services to be returned to the public sector. RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “Given that Arriva has threatened to...

Bidders for South Central franchise announced

22.08.08: The Department for Transport today announced the list of shortlisted bidders for the new South Central franchise. They are: * NedRailways South Central Limited (NedRailways Limited) * NXSC Trains Limited (National Express Group plc) * S...

Ticketing goes mobile

Ticketing goes mobile

25.07.08: Martin Howell considers some of the emerging technologies in travel ticketing Whatever our industry, every organisation is changing the way it conducts its business. Equally, the internet has served to shift customer expectations in the pas...

ORR announces package of measures to improve railway services

16.07.08: The Office of Rail Regulation has set out plans that will enable the rail industry to deliver much more for passengers and freight customers. This will include more capacity, greater reliability, higher frequency and longer trains, faster journe...

Teasel works with Northern Rail to deliver SAP success

Teasel works with Northern Rail to deliver SAP success

16.07.08: Replacing tried and tested legacy systems presents significant challenges for people and processes. Tim Burfoot explains how the partnership with Northern Rail delivered results Teasel Performance Management Limited has recently completed a...

Big rise in public transport use expected as concerns grow over costs of motoring

11.07.08: The rising cost of motoring has led to a sharp jump in people believing more journeys will take place by bus and train in the future, a YouGov tracker poll for FirstGroup – Britain’s biggest transport operator – has found. And...

Gatwick Express is the nation's top train company

11.07.08: Gatwick Express has once again been voted the nation’s most popular train company in the National Passenger Survey, achieving the top position for a record six consecutive years. Chris Burchell, Managing Director of Gatwick Express sa...

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...

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The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

26/03/2019The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

Dave Hodgson, elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council and chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic Transport Forum, sets ou... more >
Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... 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 vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

26/03/2019The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

Dave Hodgson, elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council and chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic Transport Forum, sets out his vision for the future of rail in light of the Rail Review, whilst highlighting the economic significance of the region. As the sub-national transport body (STB) for the Oxford-Cambridge gro... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >