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Metro gets green light for new ticket machines

25.01.08: Metro has been given the green light by ministers to go ahead with plans for new ticket machines plus gates at key stations. The Department for Transport has granted conditional approval for the scheme, having given initial approval in Augu...

National passenger survey results announced

25.01.08: Great Britain's largest train passenger survey has found four out of five passengers are satisfied with their rail journeys, the independent rail watchdog has revealed. Passenger Focus has launched the results of its autumn 2007 National Pa...

Penny the Pendolino becomes 'One in a Million'

10.01.08: A Virgin Trains' Pendolino tilting train, designed, built and maintained by Alstom, has become the first of the 52-strong fleet to clock up a million miles. Train No. 390022, named Penny the Pendolino, clocked up the magical million miles o...

Commuters in the South East face the most expensive and overcrowded journeys

03.01.08: On the day that travellers are hit by up to 14% rail fare increases, the Liberal Democrats have released figures highlighting the most expensive London commutes. The research reveals that: • Commuters from St Albans, Luton and Red...

Guards and drivers to be balloted at First Great Western

03.01.08: More than 600 RMT guards and train drivers are to be balloted for industrial action over breakdowns in industrial relations and the use of managers to guard and drive trains. Two separate ballots will begin on December 27 and are scheduled...

2008 Winter timetable starts

13.12.07: The new 2008 Winter National Rail timetable commenced on Sunday 9 December and will see a record number of passengers services running on Britain’s railway - 20,000 trains every weekday. The timetable reflects the additional investmen...

National Express sets new pace on inter city east coast

13.12.07: Transport business National Express Group signalled a new era in passenger rail services with the launch yesterday of its National Express East Coast franchise which will provide services on the East Coast Main Line between London, Yorkshire, th...

Partnership provides new benefits for station car park users

13.12.07: National Express Group’s ‘one’ railway has signed a new partnership agreement with National Car Parks (NCP) to provide a comprehensive contract management service of all ‘one’s 62 pay car parks at the train operator...

One railway wins green business award for fleet management at the international green business awards 2007

06.12.07: National Express Group’s ‘one’ railway has won the Best Fleet Management Award at the international Green Business Awards run by World Business magazine and the INSEAD Business School. The awards recognise best practice in envi...

ORR launches consultation

06.12.07: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has launched a consultation on its 2008/09 business plan. The consultation will help decide the key priorities in health and safety and economic regulation for April 2008 to March 2009. Bill Emery, O...

GNER continues to deliver

29.11.07: Fourth new-look train now in service. With less than three weeks to go before the start of a new franchise under new owners, train operator GNER has launched its fourth refurbished diesel 125 train into service. The train’s entry into...

London & Continental Railways is to be separated into three distinct businesses

22.11.07: Rail Minister Tom Harris has announced to Parliament in the Second Reading of the CTRL (Supplementary Provisions) Bill that London & Continental Railways is to be separated into three distinct businesses, and that High Speed One will be sold...

£3M Lathe keeps one extra train in service

15.11.07: East Coast Main Line operator GNER has invested £3 million in a new wheel lathe to improve turnaround and maintenance times at one of its depots. The benefit to passengers is that an extra train set is kept in service, providing an ex...

East Midlands Trains launches

15.11.07: East Midlands Trains - the new train company for the East Midlands and South Yorkshire - starts its franchise on Sunday (11 November) at 2am. The company, run by Stagecoach Group, begins its seven-year-and-four-month franchise which is made...

New beginning for CrossCountry train travel

15.11.07: A new train operator begins services today (11 November), bringing fresh vision for the future of the UK’s most extensive rail franchise. CrossCountry is the brand and identity of the new company, which is part of leading European tra...

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Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

18/01/2019Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

Crossrail has begun operating test trains on the Elizabeth Line, restarting a crucial part of testing after months of setbacks and delays. T... more >
Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

18/01/2019Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

Rail maintenance company Gemini Rail has served a closure notice on its Springburn depot and served workers with redundancy notices, sparking uni... more >
Former Highways England manager to join Transport for the North in new director role

18/01/2019Former Highways England manager to join Transport for the North in new director role

A former Highways England manager is set to join Transport for the North (TfN) to operate as the body’s new strategy and programme director... 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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5 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail

18/01/20195 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail

TransCityRail brings a unique opportunity to gain invaluable insight into what’s happening in the rail industry across the Midlands, exhibit, and place your brand in front of budget-holders whilst taking advantage of the hours of networking with senior decision-makers. 5 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail Midlands ... more >
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Repoint: revolutionising track switch

15/01/2019Repoint: revolutionising track switch

Sam Bemment, senior R&D engineer at Loughborough University, brings us an update on the Repoint project – a scheme which has transforme... more >
ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

15/01/2019ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

Ahead of CP6, Howard Taylor, cost manager of railway planning and performance at the ORR, dives deep into the regulator’s assessment of wha... more >
Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

15/01/2019Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

As part of its Open for Business programme, Network Rail recently teamed up with Innovate UK to give businesses a chance to win a share of £... more >
CP6: Room for improvement

15/01/2019CP6: Room for improvement

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), assesses Network Rail’s confirmed spending plans for CP6. Th... more >

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Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

20/12/2018Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

In November, the first ever Rail Ombudsman was established in a bid to give passengers a free independent service to allow passengers to claim co... more >