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Rail industry looks to deliver a sustainable railway for passengers

08.11.07: Rail industry leaders have united in a robust call for a sustainable future which builds on rail’s obvious strengths and targets more electrification, at the sector’s first industry-wide sustainable development conference. Senio...

Transport announcement highlights failure of white paper – Kramer

01.11.07: Commenting on the publication of the Government’s new transport proposals document entitled Towards a Sustainable Transport System: Supporting Economic Growth in a Low Carbon World, Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary, Susan Kramer...

Report shows on-going rail success

25.10.07: The impressive increase over the last decade in the number of people using the West Midlands rail system continued unabated last year, new figures have revealed. The Annual Statistical Report highlighting trends in the region’s public...

Rail passengers say proven technology can solve ticket problems

19.10.07: Rail passengers believe existing technology can be used to improve and streamline buying rail tickets according to research published today. Speaking at the first annual Rail Ticketing conference Anthony Smith, Chief Executive of Passenger...

‘One’ honours station adopters on rural network

11.10.07: Main awards for Great Yarmouth, Acle, West Runton, Trimley and Newmarket National Express Group’s ‘one’ railway, the train operator for London and the East of England, has honoured its station adopters on the Rural Route...

Arriva announces senior appointments for crosscountry franchise

11.10.07: Arriva plc, one of Europe’s largest transport services organisations, has today announced senior appointments within its UK Trains division, in preparation for the start of the new CrossCountry franchise on 11 November 2007. Andy Coop...

Stansted Express announces more services for passengers

11.10.07: An extra 13 Stansted Express services a week will run from 9 December 2007 as improved night time working measures implemented by Network Rail allow more time to run passenger services. The new extended timetable will help meet increased de...

First Great Western’s new look regional fleet unveiled

First Great Western’s new look regional fleet unveiled

04.10.07: First Great Western yesterday unveiled its new look West Country Regional Fleet as part of an £11 million investment in the train operator’s local services. The investment, which includes a major engineering overhaul, new interi...

South West trains’ performance continues to improve

04.10.07: South West Trains has improved on June’s best ever performance figure by recording a figure of 95% (PPM) for the period between 25 August - 15 September 2007. South West Trains’ Moving Annual Average (MAA), is now 90.7%; its bes...

First and foremost

First and foremost

01.10.07: Over the past three years, First ScotRail has invested in train refurbishments and station enhancements in order to improve reliability and to ensure a safer and more comfortable environment for rail passengers in Scotland. RTM asked Steve Montg...

GNER unveils new look for station waiting ‘pods’

01.10.07: 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...

Angel trains purchases 60 Bombardier traxx locomotives for operation in continental Europe

27.09.07: Pan-European train leasing company, Angel Trains, has placed an order for 60 Bombardier Traxx locomotives for cross-border operations. The firm order and options, including a combination of TRAXX AC, DC and MS locomotives, is worth approximately...

Senior appointments strengthen Arriva’s UK trains division

27.09.07: Arriva plc, one of Europe’s largest transport services organisations, today announced two senior appointments within its UK Trains division, following the company’s recent success in winning the CrossCountry franchise, which starts o...

Region's rail network on agenda at Labour Party Conference

20.09.07: Greater Manchester's transport leaders will call for overcrowding on local rail services to be tackled as a priority at the Labour Party Conference next week. The number of journeys made by train passengers in Greater Manchester has more th...

Virgin Trains' second wave of Go Greener, Go Cheaper advertising campaign

20.09.07: Following on from the success of the 'Go Greener Go Cheaper' marketing campaign in March this year, the second burst of this activity again takes the environmental fight directly to both the car and domestic airlines. The £4m campaign is l...

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HS2 progress report released

24/01/2020HS2 progress report released

Today (Jan 24) the latest update on the rail project High Speed Two was released by the National Audit Service. The report says The Departme... more >
Transform a Pacer competition winners announced

23/01/2020Transform a Pacer competition winners announced

Aired on television last night (Jan 22) the lucky winners of the Transform a Pacer competition were announced. The competition means that after 3... more >
Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

23/01/2020Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20 David Clarke, Technical Director, Railway Industry Association talks us through the ways innovation can be used to... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >