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Commuters in the South East face the most expensive and overcrowded journeys

03.01.08: On the day that travellers are hit by up to 14% rail fare increases, the Liberal Democrats have released figures highlighting the most expensive London commutes. The research reveals that: • Commuters from St Albans, Luton and Red...

Guards and drivers to be balloted at First Great Western

03.01.08: More than 600 RMT guards and train drivers are to be balloted for industrial action over breakdowns in industrial relations and the use of managers to guard and drive trains. Two separate ballots will begin on December 27 and are scheduled...

2008 Winter timetable starts

13.12.07: The new 2008 Winter National Rail timetable commenced on Sunday 9 December and will see a record number of passengers services running on Britain’s railway - 20,000 trains every weekday. The timetable reflects the additional investmen...

National Express sets new pace on inter city east coast

13.12.07: Transport business National Express Group signalled a new era in passenger rail services with the launch yesterday of its National Express East Coast franchise which will provide services on the East Coast Main Line between London, Yorkshire, th...

Partnership provides new benefits for station car park users

13.12.07: National Express Group’s ‘one’ railway has signed a new partnership agreement with National Car Parks (NCP) to provide a comprehensive contract management service of all ‘one’s 62 pay car parks at the train operator...

One railway wins green business award for fleet management at the international green business awards 2007

06.12.07: National Express Group’s ‘one’ railway has won the Best Fleet Management Award at the international Green Business Awards run by World Business magazine and the INSEAD Business School. The awards recognise best practice in envi...

ORR launches consultation

06.12.07: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has launched a consultation on its 2008/09 business plan. The consultation will help decide the key priorities in health and safety and economic regulation for April 2008 to March 2009. Bill Emery, O...

GNER continues to deliver

29.11.07: Fourth new-look train now in service. With less than three weeks to go before the start of a new franchise under new owners, train operator GNER has launched its fourth refurbished diesel 125 train into service. The train’s entry into...

London & Continental Railways is to be separated into three distinct businesses

22.11.07: Rail Minister Tom Harris has announced to Parliament in the Second Reading of the CTRL (Supplementary Provisions) Bill that London & Continental Railways is to be separated into three distinct businesses, and that High Speed One will be sold...

£3M Lathe keeps one extra train in service

15.11.07: East Coast Main Line operator GNER has invested £3 million in a new wheel lathe to improve turnaround and maintenance times at one of its depots. The benefit to passengers is that an extra train set is kept in service, providing an ex...

East Midlands Trains launches

15.11.07: East Midlands Trains - the new train company for the East Midlands and South Yorkshire - starts its franchise on Sunday (11 November) at 2am. The company, run by Stagecoach Group, begins its seven-year-and-four-month franchise which is made...

New beginning for CrossCountry train travel

15.11.07: A new train operator begins services today (11 November), bringing fresh vision for the future of the UK’s most extensive rail franchise. CrossCountry is the brand and identity of the new company, which is part of leading European tra...

Eurostar maintenance depot opens in east London

Eurostar maintenance depot opens in east London

14.11.07: Eurostar’s new UK depot, Eurostar Engineering Centre Temple Mills has been opened by Tom Harris MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport. Situated in Leyton in east London, the Temple Mills depot is directly connec...

New hand held printer is just the ticket

14.11.07: Technology solutions specialist, Brother, has launched a new hand held A6 mobile printer designed for ticket inspectors who need to print on the move. Slim, light and compact, the new M-Print device allows users to print documents from a PD...

Omega Red

14.11.07: As the first major new railway to be built in this country in over a century, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link required a comprehensive earthing system. Nottingham-based earthing and lightning protection specialist, Omega Red Group, was chosen for t...

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LNER donates to charity fighting food hunger

31/03/2020LNER donates to charity fighting food hunger

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is continuing to support its suppliers and communities during the COVID-19 outbreak by giving out fresh sandw... more >
Free parking for NHS and care workers at two major stations

30/03/2020Free parking for NHS and care workers at two major stations

Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street stations have made their parking free of charge for NHS and care workers during the coronavirus c... more >
370,000 tonnes of vital supplies moved across the railway last week

30/03/2020370,000 tonnes of vital supplies moved across the railway last week

Last week alone key workers from Network Rail helped more than 370,000 tonnes of freight to be moved between west London and Cornwall and into an... 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 >