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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...

The future of train travel is Smart

14.05.08: Change happens! Today’s mobile generation customers want the convenience, ease and control of hassle-free transport ticketing instead of the more complicated process that most of us still face in UK transport. Simplicity is key, ease-of-us...

No new Metronet for Tyne and Wear, says RMT

09.05.08: Biggest rail union pledges ‘tooth and nail’ fight to keep Metro 100% public A tooth-and-nail fight against privatisation has been pledged by Britain’s biggest rail union after plans emerged that could see Tyne and Wear M...

Virgin Trains' response to ORR announcement on West Coast plan

09.05.08: Virgin Trains today pledged to keep inconvenience to passengers to a minimum while one of the most intensive programmes of engineering work ever on a UK main line is completed by Network Rail. This follows the Office of Rail Regulation's (O...

Buffers removed for Wrexham & Shropshire’s direct service to the capital

01.05.08: 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. The new service run by Wrexham &...

Government transport policy ‘unconvincing’, says CILT

25.04.08: In response to government consultations, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) argues that urgent action is needed to ensure the UK’s transport network remains fit for purpose. Its position was endorsed by the Eddington...

Double first for First Great Western

Double first for First Great Western

08.04.08: First Great Western has won recognition for its £143 million investment programme to improve its high-speed train fleet by winning both the Rolling Stock Excellence of the Year and the Engineering Excellence of the Year categories at this...

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Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

19/07/2019Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

A review of the Rail North Partnership, headed by Leeds Council leader cllr Judith Blake and rail minister Andrew Jones, has set out recommendati... more >
TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

19/07/2019TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

Transport for London (TfL) have announced that 4G will be available on parts of the London Underground from March 2020. The eastern half of ... more >
Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

19/07/2019Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

An international study of light rail systems has identified Metrolink as one of the best in the world. The system was rated as fifth best in... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... 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

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >