Rail franchises operators & contracts

ORR warns performance must improve on Western route

08.04.08: The Office of Rail Regulation has warned Network Rail that there must be an improvement in punctuality and reliability on its Western route. Train services on the route operated by First Great Western between London, the Thames Valley, the...

Passengers call for better ticketing

08.04.08: With passenger numbers predicted to increase by almost a quarter over the next six years, train operators are being warned they will need to develop their ticketing technology to cope with demand Passenger Focus has backed moves to speed up...

The Rail Alliance

08.04.08: A new rail business network has been launched with the promise of helping the industry make the most of a billion pound pool of opportunities over the next decade. The Rail Alliance is set to become a hub of activity for a wide variety of...

Wrexham set to join Virgin Trains network

08.04.08: Virgin Trains' chief operating officer Chris Gibb has announced that Wrexham will join the Virgin Trains network later this year. The Virgin Trains service will run on Mondays-Fridays with a departure around 07:00 from Wrexham. The return j...

ORR publishes business plan for 2008-09

04.04.08: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has published its business plan covering the period April 2008 - March 2009. This sets out ORR's priorities for the forthcoming year. The publication follows on from a stakeholder consultation on ORR's dr...

Scot Rail franchise extension agreed

28.03.08: Improved rail services during the Commonwealth Games in 2014 is just one of the major benefits secured for rail passengers across Scotland as part of a deal to extend the First ScotRail franchise. As part of the three-year extension to Nove...

National Express to resume regular train services on East Coast Main Line

14.03.08: National Express East Coast will be running its regular timetable of services from first thing Friday 14 March following two days of disruption on the East Coast Main Line. Overhead power lines at Templehirst, between Doncaster and York, were da...

Rail watchdog responds to National Audit Office findings on how to better manage passenger disruptions

14.03.08: The national rail watchdog has backed the National Audit Office (NAO) findings that Network Rail and train operators need to improve their handling of delays. Passenger Focus has welcomed the NAO report ‘Getting back on track –...

Improving performance on first great western

29.02.08: The Transport Secretary, Ruth Kelly, has today announced measures to address unacceptably high levels of train cancellations on the First Great Western franchise. First Great Western is being issued with a Remedial Plan Notice for exceeding...

Customer-focused staff join new rail service

22.02.08: Wrexham & Shropshire, the new train company that will run a direct rail service between North Wales, Shropshire and London Marylebone from spring 2008, boosted its team this week with the addition of 13 new Train Managers. Selected from...

First UK owned company to achieve IRIS accreditation

20.02.08: Hepworth Rail International has become the first UK owned company to achieve the coveted International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS) accreditation. IRIS has been modelled on similar quality standards that are already in place in the aerospace...

Four out of five passengers satisfied with their rail journeys

20.02.08: Passenger Focus, the independent rail watchdog, has announced the results of its autumn 2007 National Passenger Survey which includes the opinions of nearly 28,000 rail users Passengers on Arriva Trains Wales reported significant improvemen...

National Express East Coast to relocate to new HQ in York

15.02.08: York-based train operator National Express East Coast is to relocate its headquarters to new premises in central York this summer, reaffirming its commitment to the city. The company, which started running rail services on the East Coast Ma...

National Express East Coast launches new-look train into service

08.02.08: Fifth rebuilt diesel train on track as makeover continues Train operator National Express East Coast has this week launched its fifth refurbished diesel 125 train into service, as part of a £45m transformation which will deliver mor...

Shortlist for the London transport awards announced

08.02.08: National Express Group’s ‘one’ railway has been shortlisted for two awards at the prestigious London Transport Awards for 2008. The Awards, which are held in association with Transport Times and with the support of Transpo...

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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 >