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GNER welcomes progress on east coast rail route strategy

13.07.07: GNER has welcomed Network Rail’s publication by of the Draft East Coast Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS), a 10-year strategic blueprint for the flagship East Coast Main Line between London and Scotland. The long-awaited report launche...

First Scotrail shortlisted for business awards

21.06.07: Glasgow-based First ScotRail has been announced as a finalist in The Weber Shandwick Employer of the Year Award in the 2007 National Business Awards for Scotland, sponsored by Orange. First ScotRail, a division of FirstGroup Plc, holds the...

New rail franchise delivers new trains and more services for the west midlands

21.06.07: The Department for Transport has announced that London and Birmingham Railway Ltd (a subsidiary of Govia) has been awarded the contract to run the new West Midlands franchise from 11th November 2007. The new franchise is a combination of th...

Companies who shy away from combining road and rail to transport goods could be missing out.

19.06.07: There is now a genuine case for transport managers to widen their scope and increase rail use - particularly with environmental factors coming sharply into focus. "In many cases companies are opting to transport solely by road networks simp...

Meet international buyers and listen to key project speakers

18.06.07: Opportunity for UK airport, ports and railway suppliers to meet international buyers and to listen to international project speakers. UK companies supplying airports, ports and railways will be given the opportunity to meet international bu...

Fare’s unfair

01.05.07: Alistair Carmichael MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary. The Liberal Democrats have frequently highlighted the higher cost of rail fares in this country compared to those paid in other EU countries and, although there are many b...

Plastic is not the only smart card solution

01.05.07: Newbury Data, manufacturer of the ND4020 rail ticket printer, has recently launched the ND4030, the company’s first entry into contactless smart ticket printing market. Newbury Data believe they are ideally placed to support system in...

Eco stations report launched

01.03.07: Northern Rail and Lancashire County Council have unveiled radical new approaches to the design and operation of small stations at a conference in Preston. The joint report outlines ways in which stations can be run more efficiently and become...

Four in East Coast rail shortlist

01.03.07: The shortlist for the new operator of the UK's East Coast Mainline train service has been announced by the Department for Transport. Bids by Arriva Trains, First Rail, National Express Group have progressed to the next stage. A proposa...

GNER launched new look diesel 125 trains

01.03.07: Train operator GNER has launched the first of its new look diesel 125 trains, as part of a £45m transformation which aims to deliver more reliable, comfortable, quieter and greener journeys for millions of passengers along the East Coast M...

GNER secures two extra trains

01.03.07: GNER has moved swiftly to secure the two extra trains required to help introduce 12 additional weekday services between Yorkshire, the East Midlands and London from May. The two diesel high speed trains (HSTs) will be given a major makeover...

Nomad Digital acquires QinetiQ Rail

01.03.07: Nomad Digital, providers and operators of specialist mobility networks, has announced its acquisition of QinetiQ Rail, the commercial rail division of QinetiQ, one of the UK’s leading defence and security technology companies. Nomad h...

Passengers are experiencing wide differences in rail services

01.03.07: Passenger Focus, the independent national rail consumer watchdog, has said today that passengers are experiencing wide differences in rail services depending on the train operator they travel with. Passenger Focus’ latest National Pas...

Start of a new era for South West Trains

01.03.07: Stagecoach Group has operated South West Trains since it ran the first ever privatised train back in 1996 and was awarded a new ten year franchise last September. The new franchise began on 4 February and passengers have been promised a whole ra...

£600m Metro reinvigoration bid goes to Downing Street

01.01.07: The Tyne and Wear Metro needs a £600m cash investment to secure its future for the next 20 years, the Government will be told. The Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority today has approved a business case drawn up by Nexus settin...

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Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman... more >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed b... more >
Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21/09/2018Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of the ... 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 >