Rail franchises operators & contracts

GNER unveils new look for station waiting ‘pods’

26.07.07: EAST Coast train operator GNER has unveiled the latest stage of its programme of station improvements, aimed at improving the journey experience for passengers. Three glass-covered waiting ‘pods’ within Newcastle station, betwee...

TouchPC provides electronic accounting for GNER’s on board sales

23.07.07: Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) was faced with the challenge of simplifying its catering and retail sales accounting on board its fleet of 75 trains. A new customer service culture had meant expansion and upgrade of its catering offer includi...

Metronet Rail BCV & SSL go into PPP administration

19.07.07: Tube safety and operations not affected Metronet Rail BCV Limited (“BCV”) and Metronet Rail SSL Limited (“SSL”), the companies responsible for the maintenance and renewal of the Bakerloo, Central, Victoria, and Water...

ORR track access criteria and procedures review

19.07.07: ORR has published the way forward on its review of track access approval procedures. Many of the changes outlined in the publication are aimed at cutting red tape for Network Rail and train operators when they apply to ORR for track access....

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...

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Northern leaders warn Treasury against scrapping under-fire HS2

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Network Rail unveils new regional managing directors

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Network Rail has announced five new regional managing directors as part of its “evolution” towards a more passenger-focused approach.... more >
£800m worth of rail haulage contracts awarded by Network Rail

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Network Rail has awarded contracts for rail haulage and the operations of its engineering trains and seasonal treatment services for Control Peri... 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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Meeting clients, suppliers and stepping forward

23/05/2019Meeting clients, suppliers and stepping forward

The Midlands 30-year plan will deliver many economic benefits and will need a wide and diverse supply chain to deliver some of the key projects. We caught up with long running sponsors of TransCityRail, Bridgeway Consulting Limited, specialists in Site & Ground investigations, Geomatics and Infrastructure, to discuss why networking events ... more >
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The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

13/05/2019The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch and chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), gives her view on the state of the UK’s ... more >
NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

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The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) chief executive Neil Robertson returns to write for RTM, this time, to assess the digital skills shor... more >
Delivering cost-effective electrification

13/05/2019Delivering cost-effective electrification

David Clarke, technical director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), sets out the findings of a new report on how rail electrification can... more >
5G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

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Simon Holmes, group head of digital (engineering) at FirstGroup, introduces us to the 5G solution being delivered for the rail sector.  ... more >

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