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Key railway workers keep Britain moving

Key railway workers keep Britain moving

06.04.20: As the country enters its third week of lockdown the rail industry has been working tirelessly to keep the country moving. A condensed passenger timetable came into effect last month (March) to allow a reliable service to resume to get key...

370,000 tonnes of vital supplies moved across the railway last week

370,000 tonnes of vital supplies moved across the railway last week

30.03.20: 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 and across Wales to support the economy, the NHS, petrol at the pumps and food in shops. The dema...

RIA: We are confident that the rail supply sector will continue to operate

RIA: We are confident that the rail supply sector will continue to operate

26.03.20: As the UK comes to an end of its first week under lockdown to tackle this pandemic, members of the rail industry have voiced their support for the country’s response.   Darren Caplan, The Railway Industry Association Chief Execut...

GB Railfreight back the country's response to COVID-19

GB Railfreight back the country's response to COVID-19

25.03.20: As the UK and the world comes under lockdown of varying degrees to tackle this pandemic, rail services must continue, and perhaps more than ever. GB Railfreight, Managing Director, John Smith, released a statement today (Mar 25th) exemplify...

Ep.9 Navigating the freight world, Debbie Francis

Ep.9 Navigating the freight world, Debbie Francis

25.03.20: Debbie Francis, Direct Rail Services, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss the rail industry from a freight perspective. Debbie is a rail fanatic, leading the way in a male dominated area of the rail industry. With hosts Matt Roberts...

£3m investment in new GB Railfreight Peterborough offices

£3m investment in new GB Railfreight Peterborough offices

13.03.20: GB Railfreight have announced plans for a new £3 million new operational and training facility in Peterborough. Originating in 1999 and headquartered in London, GB Railfreight is the third largest rail freight operator in the UK, with...

Freight’s role in zero carbon emissions - ERFA

Freight’s role in zero carbon emissions - ERFA

21.01.20: Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20   Conor Feighan Secretary General European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) The key challenge for policy makers and industry over the coming five years revolves around the decarbonisation of transport...

£9.4m in rail technology contracts announced

£9.4m in rail technology contracts announced

13.01.20: Innovate UK has announced £9.4m worth of technology contracts from the Department of Transport, for organisations to apply for, aiming to improve rail services to passengers and operators. As the number of rail users in the UK continu...

Rail Forum Midlands launches its General Election manifesto

Rail Forum Midlands launches its General Election manifesto

20.11.19: The Rail Forum Midlands (RFM) has launched its new manifesto ahead of the 2019 General Election, outlining the four major asks it has seen from its members for the rail sector supply chain in the run up to next month’s election. ...

FTA asks government to guarantee the future of HS2 for freight

FTA asks government to guarantee the future of HS2 for freight

18.11.19: The recent HS2 review uncertainty has prompted Freight Transport Association (FTA) to request confirmation from government on the future of HS2. FTA is calling on government to secure the high-speed railway’s future and ensure busines...

Transport secretary approves Northampton rail depot plans

Transport secretary approves Northampton rail depot plans

14.10.19: Transport secretary Grant Shapps has given the green light to plans submitted for the Northampton Gateway Strategic Rail Freight Interchange, a huge rail depot located to the south of Northampton. Following the approval, the rail depot is s...

Passengers and freight will see improvement in Cumbria following major investment

Passengers and freight will see improvement in Cumbria following major investment

08.10.19: From October 19, the Cumbrian Coast line will feel seven Sundays of disruption as Network Rail continue their major improvements. Just under two miles of worn out track will be removed and replaced between Drigg and Bootle as part of the &p...

ORR quotes £26m in charges per year to continue using HS1

ORR quotes £26m in charges per year to continue using HS1

01.10.19: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today announced if train operators want to keep using High Speed 1 (HS1) and preserve the condition of the assets, they will pay £26m per year. HS1 operates 67 miles of high-speed track connecting...

New open-access operator plans hourly service between Wales and London

New open-access operator plans hourly service between Wales and London

23.09.19: Grand Union Trains, a new open-access train operator, has announced that they are hoping to launch a train service between Wales and London in May 2021. Initially the trains will run every two hours, but plans are to make them hourly by May...

Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines service

Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines service

15.08.19: In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed freight service to ferry medicine to the UK from France. A £25m contract has been announced by government ministers for an ‘express fr...

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Rail Minister publishes open letter to Rail Delivery Group

08/04/2020Rail Minister publishes open letter to Rail Delivery Group

Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, has published an open letter to RDG asking the industry to proceed in their work ensuring that rail travel co... more >
Railway Rainbows needed for displays at railway stations

07/04/2020Railway Rainbows needed for displays at railway stations

Network Rail’s station teams are inviting the public to send in home-made pictures of rainbows with a railway theme, which will be displaye... more >
90% decrease in King’s Cross station users

07/04/202090% decrease in King’s Cross station users

Network Rail has thanked the public who would usually pass through King’s Cross station for following government guidance and only travelli... 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 >