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Trenitalia completes £72m deal to acquire c2c

Trenitalia completes £72m deal to acquire c2c

13.02.17: The Italian passenger rail company Trenitalia, a part of FS Italiane Group, has completed the acquisition of London and Essex train operator c2c from National Express Group. Reports Josh Mines. While a provisional arrangement was reached fo...

Industry sets out 12 key rail priorities to ‘strengthen case for funding’

Industry sets out 12 key rail priorities to ‘strengthen case for funding’

09.02.17: Rail industry experts have come together to launch the Capability Delivery Plan (CPD), which highlights the current challenges facing the railway in the digital age and outlines 12 whole-system priority areas that need to be improved in the comi...

Greater Anglia to lobby government for investment in 10-point upgrade plea

Greater Anglia to lobby government for investment in 10-point upgrade plea

08.02.17: Greater Anglia has laid out 10 key rail infrastructure priorities that need to be made within the next decade in order for the planned benefits of its own franchise commitments to be “fully realised”. In a statement, the operato...

RMT accuses Aslef of ‘shocking betrayal’ in Southern deal

RMT accuses Aslef of ‘shocking betrayal’ in Southern deal

06.02.17: The RMT has lashed out at the truce agreed last week between fellow rail union Aslef and Southern rail in the pair’s long-running dispute over driver-only operated (DOO) trains, calling it a “shocking betrayal” of workers and p...

MPs float longer-term deals as solution to broken franchising model

MPs float longer-term deals as solution to broken franchising model

06.02.17: MPs have raised serious concerns about the UK’s current rail franchising model, arguing that it is unsustainable in the long term without lasting changes. A report by the Transport Select Committee into rail franchising, one of an ong...

Southern commuters launch legal challenge against DfT

Southern commuters launch legal challenge against DfT

01.02.17: Commuters on the Southern rail service have successfully launched their legal challenge against the DfT over the government’s handling of the Southern rail crisis. Lawyers acting on behalf of the Association of British Commuters (ABC)...

Merseytravel faces legal challenge over new £460m fleet

Merseytravel faces legal challenge over new £460m fleet

30.01.17: Merseytravel has confirmed that it will face a legal challenge from the transportation company Bombardier over how it awarded a £460m contract to deliver its new Merseyrail fleet. Last December, Bombardier missed out in its bid to rep...

DfT told to stop ‘ducking’ Southern contract issue and make up its mind

DfT told to stop ‘ducking’ Southern contract issue and make up its mind

26.01.17: The Transport Select Committee has urged the DfT to hurry up in deciding whether Southern is failing to run adequate services, arguing that ministers cannot “duck” the issue further and should come to a conclusion urgently. But...

Virgin Trains completes £40m East Coast fleet refurbishment

Virgin Trains completes £40m East Coast fleet refurbishment

25.01.17: Virgin Trains has completed its £40m programme of refurbishing its entire East Coast fleet. The TOC has spent the last two years refurbishing its current fleet of 45 High Speed and Intercity 225 trains to improve passenger experience....

FirstGroup and Trenitalia join forces for East Midlands and WCP franchises

FirstGroup and Trenitalia join forces for East Midlands and WCP franchises

25.01.17: FirstGroup and Trenitalia UK have announced that they will be submitting joint bids for the new East Midlands and West Coast Partnership (WCP) franchises due to be awarded next year. The companies have submitted an expression of interest to...

Green light given to Merseyrail’s new Maghull North station

Green light given to Merseyrail’s new Maghull North station

23.01.17: ​The development of Merseyrail’s new station in Maghull North has moved a step closer after Sefton Council granted planning permission for the scheme. The council’s planning committee approved plans for the new Maghull North sta...

‘Transformational change’ in Wales franchise hinges on new trains and electrification

‘Transformational change’ in Wales franchise hinges on new trains and electrification

20.01.17: A committee of MPs has urged the Welsh and UK governments to end underdevelopment of the Welsh rail network, pointing to the new Wales and Borders franchise as an opportunity for “transformational change” to the network. In a ne...

DfT outlines need for WCP bids to meet ‘creative and ambitious’ plans

DfT outlines need for WCP bids to meet ‘creative and ambitious’ plans

19.01.17: The government has revealed further details about its new West Coast Partnership (WCP) franchise which is scheduled to start in 2019, including more specific timescales about when the franchise integration will take place. The WCP would com...

Abellio sells 40% of Greater Anglia to Mitsui

Abellio sells 40% of Greater Anglia to Mitsui

18.01.17: Train operator Abellio UK has agreed to sell 40% of its Greater Anglia rail franchise to the Japanese firm Mitsui, opening the way for further foreign rail franchise investment. Abellio has been running the Greater Anglia since 2012 and was...

ScotRail’s improvement plan spurs PPM turnaround after recent crisis

ScotRail’s improvement plan spurs PPM turnaround after recent crisis

13.01.17: ScotRail has announced a third consecutive increase in its public performance measure (PPM) figures in a stark improvement over its summer and autumn troubles. The franchise’s PPM performance for period 10 – the four weeks from...

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RAIB: Croydon tram driver had ‘lost awareness’ before fatal derailment

20/02/2017RAIB: Croydon tram driver had ‘lost awareness’ before fatal derailment

The driver of the fatal Sandilands junction tram accident in Croydon, London, had “lost awareness” before the carriage he was control... more >
HS3 success key to closing bleak north-south divide, says IPPR

20/02/2017HS3 success key to closing bleak north-south divide, says IPPR

Success with HS3 is key to readdressing the imbalance in investment between the north and London, influential think tank IPPR North has argued. ... more >
ORR confirms Joanna Whittington as CEO

20/02/2017ORR confirms Joanna Whittington as CEO

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today officially confirmed the appointment of Joanna Whittington as its permanent CEO following an open pub... more >

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17/01/2017Rising to the digital demand

The countdown is well and truly on for this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), and the whole RTM team is looking forward to welcoming you to the fourth edition of this event on 9 February.  Held once again at Battersea Evolution, the prestigious awards ceremony promises to be an extraordinary evening, celebrating some of the major achievements of the industry in the last year. You can see the awards shortlist on pag... read more >

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Making rail fares simpler

Making rail fares simpler

David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, explains how a number of initiatives over the next 12 months aim to make rail fares simpler. By the end of 2017, we hope passengers w... more > more last word articles >

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Southern Rail passengers reminded to claim compensation

03/02/2017Southern Rail passengers reminded to claim compensation

Southern’s annual season ticket holders have been reminded that they are entitled to claim compensation due to the franchise’s poor performance over the 2016-17 financial year. Last year, the DfT promised that Southern season ticket holders would be able to claim the equivalent of a month’s worth of fares in compensation... more >
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The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

01/02/2017The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), discusses the role of simulation in ERTMS training ahead of this year’s &lsqu... more >
Digital railway maintenance

01/02/2017Digital railway maintenance

Tim Flower, head of maintenance at Network Rail, explains how the infrastructure owner is adopting a new approach for condition monitoring to max... more >
Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

01/02/2017Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

Dr John Easton and Dr Shruti Kohli from the University of Birmingham write for RTM about the role big data can play in transforming the country&r... more >
A better railway depends on harnessing technology

27/01/2017A better railway depends on harnessing technology

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), argues that we must change the status quo and invest in technology if we are to c... more >

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Tackling regulation at its routes

24/01/2017Tackling regulation at its routes

John Larkinson, the ORR’s director of railway markets and economics, speaks to RTM about the move to regulating Network Rail at a route lev... more >