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RMT ‘no more privatised rail’ plea

01.07.06: Britain’s largest rail and Tube union has blasted Transport for London’s plans to privatise the Tube’s East London Line and re-privatise the North London Line. As TfL announced the preferred bidders to run the two lines, t...

TfL concerned about First Capital Connect fare restrictions

01.07.06: Transport for London (TfL) has expressed concerns about the wider impact of First Capital Connect’s new fares policy, which has restricted the use of cheap day return tickets on their northbound peak service. The policy was introduced...

Transport for London claim fails

01.05.06: Transport for London (TfL) has failed in a legal action brought against Tramtrack Croydon Ltd. (TCL). The South London tram system, operated by TCL, is designed to carry up to 28 million passengers, but currently carries just 22 million. Th...

Gatwick Express ranked best in country

01.02.06: Gatwick Express has been voted the number one train operating company (TOC) in the UK for a record fifth time over the past two and a half years. The Independent National Passenger Survey (NPS) provides a network-wide picture of customers&r...

Mayor to take responsibility for Silverlink Metro

01.02.06: The Department for Transport has announced that responsibility for Silverlink Metro services will be transferred to Transport for London. Silverlink Metro consists of train services between Richmond and North Woolwich, Gospel Oak and Barkin...

EWS awarded Sleeper contract

01.12.05: First ScotRail has awarded EWS a new contract to provide drivers and locomotives for the operation of the Caledonian Sleeper services between Scotland and London. EWS has a long association with the Caledonian Sleeper and has been providing...

First Group wins Greater Western Franchise

01.12.05: The Department for Transport has announced that First Group has been awarded the contract to run the Greater Western Franchise from 1st April. The Greater Western Franchise will include routes on the national rail network currently operated...

Rail Care Team to help accident survivors

01.12.05: Train operators First Great Western and First Great Western Link have joined a national rail industry initiative by establishing a Rail Care Team to help survivors in the aftermath of major accidents. Over 30 volunteers from both companies...

Re-privatisation of South Eastern Trains

01.12.05: The Department for Transport has announced that Govia has received the contract to run the Integrated Kent rail franchise for eight years from 1st April, with the final two years dependent on service performance achieving set targets. The c...

Government slammed over franchise plans

13.09.05: The Government was criticised last month for neglecting mainline services in South West in the forthcoming Greater Western franchise proposals. The claims came from Sewta, the South East Wales Transport Alliance, which argues that the Great...

Improvements in advance timetable information

13.09.05: Advanced timetable and advance seat booking facilities are improving, according to new figures announced by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) last month. Improvements have been made since Network Rail received a warning from ORR last year...

Oyster e-money project moves a step closer

13.09.05: Transport for London (TfL) has announced the shortlist of potential partners for the development of London’s Oyster e-money project. The companies have been shortlisted from a list of nearly 100 companies that expressed an interest earli...

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Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

22/01/2019Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

The proposed rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre must be built “as a matter of urgency,” according to opposition pa... more >
Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

22/01/2019Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

Rail company Freightliner has revealed that it is hoping to build a new multi-million pound depot for its trains just outside Ipswich station. ... more >
Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

22/01/2019Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

Porterbrook has unveiled a £11m contract with Bombardier to modify 12 Class 387 trains in preparation for their use on the Heathrow Express... 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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Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

22/01/2019Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

techUK recently published its Future Mobility Services report in which it presented its vision of a multimodal, digitally-enabled, and customer-focused transport ecosystem – with the rail sector forming a major part of this. Jessica Russell, techUK’s programme manager for the Transport and Smart Cities groups under SmarterUK, repor... more >
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ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

22/01/2019ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

Track engineer Dan Collins explains how an app and an iPad are transforming track maintenance in Network Rail’s Western route. Carryin... more >
Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

22/01/2019Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

Paul Baines, sales director for rolling stock at Siemens Mobility Ltd, expands on the many benefits of the £1.5bn Deep Tube rolling stock c... more >
Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

22/01/2019Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

The high value of survey equipment used to collect geospatial data on the railways is increasingly attractive to opportunistic criminals. The Sur... 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 >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >