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DfT to introduce new risk transfer mechanism on selected franchises

DfT to introduce new risk transfer mechanism on selected franchises

26.04.17: The government has claimed that plans to introduce a new risk transfer mechanism, the Forecast Revenue Mechanism (FRM), on selected franchises will help ensure that franchising remains attractive to bidders while securing a good deal for taxpaye...

Virgin and Stagecoach join with SNCF on HS2 WCP franchise bid

Virgin and Stagecoach join with SNCF on HS2 WCP franchise bid

25.04.17: Operators Virgin Trains and Stagecoach have today announced that they will launch a joint bid for the West Coast Partnership (WCP) HS2 franchise alongside state-owned French rail company SNCF. The franchise will run from 2019 and will inclu...

London Midland launches new Motion entertainment service on trains

London Midland launches new Motion entertainment service on trains

24.04.17: London Midland has today launched a service that provides customers with an entertainment package featuring films, TV programmes, games and magazines, plus wi-fi on its trains Using the service, called Motion, customers can for the first-ti...

Passenger revenue stabilises on GTR services despite a year’s worth of strikes

Passenger revenue stabilises on GTR services despite a year’s worth of strikes

20.04.17: Passenger growth has slowed on Southeastern rail services, whilst passenger revenue growth on strike-ridden GTR has now stabilised, the third quarter trading statement from Go-Ahead has today announced. The statement from the company, who a...

Southeastern passengers demand better services from new franchise

Southeastern passengers demand better services from new franchise

06.04.17: Passengers on the South Eastern franchise have called for a better deal from operators as they demanded more punctual, reliable services with enough room to sit and stand, research conducted by Transport Focus (TF) has revealed. With the cu...

First MTR joint venture awarded South Western franchise

First MTR joint venture awarded South Western franchise

27.03.17: First MTR South Western Trains Limited (First MTR) has been awarded the new South Western franchise by the government, which will see the introduction of 750 new train carriages to the network by 2020. Pending the successful completion of a...

New routes, trains and alliance working mooted for South Eastern

New routes, trains and alliance working mooted for South Eastern

14.03.17: New routes, high-capacity Metro-style trains, integrating train and track operators through an alliance and even getting rid of First Class seating on the busiest routes are all ideas that have been put forward today in the DfT’s South Eas...

Growth Track 360: The story so far

Growth Track 360: The story so far

09.03.17: Chair of the North Wales & Mersey Dee Cross-Border Rail Task Force, Councillor Samantha Dixon, gives RTM an update on the key milestones achieved so far by the Growth Track 360 campaign. Transportation is the lifeblood of our regional e...

Three bidders shortlisted for 2019 East Midlands franchise

Three bidders shortlisted for 2019 East Midlands franchise

01.03.17: The DfT has today announced a shortlist of three operators who will compete for the East Midlands franchise. The companies who are in the running for the franchise’s contract are Arriva Rail East Midlands, a wholly owned subsidiary of...

GTR ‘challenges’ blamed for parent company’s whopping 35% profit dip

GTR ‘challenges’ blamed for parent company’s whopping 35% profit dip

28.02.17: The transport company behind Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has revealed a whopping 35% drop in rail operating profit in its half-year profit, as it also apologised for “months of severe disruption and inconvenience” that have come a...

Rail industry made and spent £18.4bn in 2015-16, ORR reveals

Rail industry made and spent £18.4bn in 2015-16, ORR reveals

24.02.17: ORR has this week published its UK rail industry financial information 2015-16, which has revealed the expenditure and income sources of the whole rail industry for the past year. The publication was started in 2010-11 and aims to increase...

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...

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Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

22/06/2018Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

As many as 200 staff members could lose their jobs as one of the UK’s major train manufacturers looks to cut costs in its maintenance of th... more >
New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

22/06/2018New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

Those visiting the Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle will have the rare chance to see Hitachi’s brand-new Azuma train from up clos... more >
Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

22/06/2018Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

The expansion of rail is the “only viable option” to grow UK cities and allow them to achieve their economic potential, a new report ... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Why the rail industry needs more women

22/06/2018Why the rail industry needs more women

Anesha Rachel Malhan, one of the learners at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), discusses her experience as the only woman at her ... more >
Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >