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Northern success in business awards

27.02.09: Northern Rail continued its run of success at a leading rail industry awards ceremony by winning Rail Business Manager of the Year and achieving two finalists. Northern Rail’s Managing Director, Heidi Mottram, was named Rail Business...

Ticket lottery as passengers miss out on rail deals

27.02.09: Passengers are missing out on hidden deals which could save them up to half of the cost of a train journey, research by the Liberal Democrats has found. Passengers can often make big savings by purchasing two separate tickets, rather than t...

ATOC comments on Passenger Focus research

20.02.09: Research published today by Passenger Focus suggests that customers in the UK benefit from more comprehensive and flexible service provision than many of their continental counterparts, according to the Association of Train Operating Companies. ...

Stagecoach submits bid for South Central rail franchise

20.02.09: Stagecoach Group plc has submitted its bid for the South Central passenger rail franchise with a firm commitment to deliver the complex projects set by the Government and maintain high quality services to passengers. A Stagecoach Group spok...

Tackling fare dodgers and making stations in South London safer

20.02.09: New measures to clamp down on fare dodgers and make stations in south London safer were announced by Transport Minister Andrew Adonis. The new £5.5 million project will improve security at 14 south London stations using new ticketing...

Virgin Trains nameplate auction raises over £100,000

20.02.09: Virgin Trains has raised over £106,000 for charities after auctioning over 100 train nameplates at London's Waterloo station on February 14th 2009. The nameplates, which have been removed from trains over the last ten years were aucti...

ORR announces its proposed decision on East Coast Main Line track access applications

30.01.09: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) today announces its proposed decision on applications for track access rights for passenger services on the East Coast Main Line (ECML). ORR has considered a number of applications for track access rights...

Record numbers satisfied with rail travel

30.01.09: The latest National Passenger Survey (Autumn 2008) published today by Passenger Focus finds that passengers’ satisfaction with their rail journey has reached the highest level since the survey began in 1999. Overall satisfaction has risen...

FirstGroup celebrates 20 years of success

23.01.09: FirstGroup, the UK’s largest transport operator, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. On 20 January 1989 Moir Lockhead, then Managing Director of Grampian Regional Transport, and his team of directors completed an ambitious and ground...

Train passengers pay more in the UK than anywhere else in Europe

23.01.09: Rail travellers in Britain pay the most expensive rail fares in Europe, according to new research by the Liberal Democrats. The research considers the cost of ‘Anytime’ single rail tickets across Europe and finds that: &bul...

Ministers protect ticket office hours

16.01.09: Plans by South West Trains to reduce the opening hours of ticket offices have in large part been rejected by Ministers following public consultation. The rail company had wanted to make radical cuts in its ticket office opening hours at 114...

Ten new year's resolutions for rail passengers in 2009

09.01.09: Michael Roberts, Chief Executive of ATOC says that train operators will continue to improve the quality of services for rail passengers in 2009. “2009 will see further added value for passengers with more trains and new services, and...

Train passengers should get 25% discount when forced on to buses

09.01.09: The Liberal Democrats have proposed ticket rebates for passengers forced on to buses. The Liberal Democrats propose that from 1 April 2009 any passenger forced on to rail replacement bus services because of engineering works should receive...

Private operators must be told ‘no service cuts’, says RMT

19.12.08: Private train operators that have made hundreds of millions in profits at the public’s expense must not be allowed to cut rail services simply to keep their profits up, Britain’s biggest rail union has said. Following reports th...

Project to research impacts of Government Sustainable Travel scheme

12.12.08: A three year study has been launched to determine the impact of a £15 million investment by the Scottish Government, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), and seven local authorities to create innovative transport measures...

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Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

23/08/2019Network Rail reveals detailed £2.9bn upgrade plans for TransPennine route

Major station upgrades and plans to rebuild and electrify an 8-mile stretch of track have been put forward by Network Rail as part of a public co... more >
Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

23/08/2019Aldershot railway line to be directly powered by solar farm in ‘world first’

A Network Rail pilot scheme will see the world’s first solar farm to power a railway line directly in Aldershot, in Hampshire. Ar... more >
Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

23/08/2019Transport Scotland announces £817k Local Rail Development Fund

Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, has announced eight communities across Scotland are set to be... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >