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The data-driven railway

The data-driven railway

20.01.17: RTM speaks to James Dean, Network Rail’s director of route asset management (DRAM), LNW, about the work the infrastructure owner is carrying out to digitise asset management across the business to meet the growing demands of the UK’s...

Chiltern to pilot innovative ‘ticket-free travel’ on new Oxford route

Chiltern to pilot innovative ‘ticket-free travel’ on new Oxford route

19.01.17: Chiltern Railways has announced that it will be piloting a new initiative enabling passengers to travel ticket-free on its trains. The scheme will be developed in partnership with travel technology company SilverRail Technologies and is one...

GTR still bottom for PPM in period 10, despite modest national recovery

GTR still bottom for PPM in period 10, despite modest national recovery

17.01.17: The public performance measure (PPM) of rail companies in period 10 across Great Britain experienced a slight rise compared to the same period last year, despite a decline amidst eight of the 23 franchises. The latest figures from Network R...

‘Enough is enough’ as Southern drops to 21% passenger satisfaction

‘Enough is enough’ as Southern drops to 21% passenger satisfaction

17.01.17: Strike-hit Southern has received its lowest ever score in an annual rail survey, finishing bottom for customer satisfaction after an annus horribilis for the operator.  A survey of 2,215 commuters for consumer magazine Which? found tha...

Network Rail awards Carillion £49m Shotts electrification contract

Network Rail awards Carillion £49m Shotts electrification contract

12.01.17: Network Rail has agreed a contract with Carillion Powerlines Ltd to deliver the electrification of the Shotts Line between Holytown Junction and Midcalder Junction. The £49m contract will see the delivery of 74km of electrified railwa...

NR demolishes two key bridges as part of Scottish electrification work

NR demolishes two key bridges as part of Scottish electrification work

10.01.17: Network Rail has demolished two railway bridges on the Shotts line this past weekend as part of a Scottish government investment to electrify the route by 2019. The bridges, over Station Road in Shotts and the A71 in West Calder, were demol...

Vivarail test train catches fire over festive period as NUCKLE trial postponed

Vivarail test train catches fire over festive period as NUCKLE trial postponed

03.01.17: The trial of Vivarail’s innovative D-train on the Coventry to Nuneaton (NUCKLE) line has been postponed, as the firm’s test train caught fire over the festive season. Last Friday (30 December 2016) ten members of Vivarail staff...

ScotRail cancels services because of Storm Barbara

ScotRail cancels services because of Storm Barbara

23.12.16: Travellers going home for Christmas in Scotland have been warned to expect disruption as ScotRail has cancelled a number of services due to Storm Barbara. The Met Office has issued amber and yellow weather warnings for Scotland and the nort...

NR competition chair issues call for evidence on private investment

NR competition chair issues call for evidence on private investment

23.12.16: The chair of Network Rail’s (NR’s) new independent review into barriers preventing “alternative project delivery” models and private sector investment on Britain’s rail network has issued a call for evidence to the...

Tyne and Wear Metro completes £3m tunnel track replacement

Tyne and Wear Metro completes £3m tunnel track replacement

21.12.16: A £3m programme of track replacement in the tunnels of the Tyne and Wear Metro has now been completed, the Metro’s operator Nexus has reported. Four kilometres of track has been successfully replaced in the tunnels which run fro...

First trains of new £210m South West fleet arrive

First trains of new £210m South West fleet arrive

20.12.16: The first trains of South West Trains’ new £210m fleet have arrived at Clapham ahead of final testing in the New Year. The Siemens-built Class 707 Desiro City trains will accommodate approximately 11,000 passengers every weekday...

Liverpool leaders give green light to new Merseyrail fleet

Liverpool leaders give green light to new Merseyrail fleet

16.12.16: The Merseyrail network will be getting brand new publicly-owned trains after Liverpool city-region leaders authorised the £460m project today (Friday 16th December). The state-of-the-art trains, which will be publicly-owned by Merseyt...

Manchester stations to close as part of vital Ordsall Chord works

Manchester stations to close as part of vital Ordsall Chord works

16.12.16: Manchester rail stations will close over Christmas as engineering work on the Ordsall Chord continues. The chord, which will link Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria stations, will see services to Manchester Airport operational by...

DfT faces criticism for ‘devastating effects’ of GWML deferrals

DfT faces criticism for ‘devastating effects’ of GWML deferrals

15.12.16: DfT leaders have faced criticism from the Public Accounts Committee on the delays facing electrification on the Great Western Main Line, particularly the indefinite deferral of electrification of the two sections of the track between Bath Spa, B...

Passenger complaints skyrocket by 13% in Q2 figures

Passenger complaints skyrocket by 13% in Q2 figures

15.12.16: Complaints by rail passengers were 13% higher in the second quarter of 2016-17 than at the same point in 2015-16, new figures from the ORR have revealed. The regulator’s latest figures show that there were 29.6 complaints per 100,000...

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Verster to leave ScotRail for East West Rail

20/01/2017Verster to leave ScotRail for East West Rail

Phil Verster will be leaving his current position as ScotRail’s managing director, which he has held since 2015, t... more >
Khan accused of lying over failure to extend TfL fares freeze to travelcards

20/01/2017Khan accused of lying over failure to extend TfL fares freeze to travelcards

London mayor Sadiq Khan has been accused of reneging on his pre-election pledge of a TfL-wide fares freeze after it was ... more >
‘Transformational change’ in Wales franchise hinges on new trains and electrification

20/01/2017‘Transformational change’ in Wales franchise hinges on new trains and electrification

A committee of MPs has urged the Welsh and UK governments to end underdevelopment of the Welsh rail network, pointing to... more >

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17/01/2017Rising to the digital demand

The countdown is well and truly on for this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), and the whole RTM team is looking forward to welcoming you to the fourth edition of this event on 9 February.  Held once again at Battersea Evolution, the prestigious awards ceremony promises to be an extraordinary evening, celebrating some of the major achievements of the industry in the last year. You can see the awards shortlist on pag... read more >

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Making rail fares simpler

Making rail fares simpler

David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, explains how a number of initiatives over the next 12 months aim to make rail fares simpler. By the end of 2017, we hope passengers w... more > more last word articles >

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Commuters close to taking government to court over Southern crisis

06/01/2017Commuters close to taking government to court over Southern crisis

A commuter organisation looking to take the DfT to court over its handling of the Southern rail crisis have said that their legal challenge is almost ready. The Association of British Commuters (ABC) hopes to submit its full application calling for a judicial review by the end of this month, after initially raising funds for the challenge... more >
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Exhibitors prepare for France’s rail technology showcase

20/01/2017Exhibitors prepare for France’s rail technology showcase

Florence Gaidet from Mack Brooks gives RTM an update on what people can expect from SIFER 2017, France’s showcase for railway technology, p... more >
The data-driven railway

20/01/2017The data-driven railway

RTM speaks to James Dean, Network Rail’s director of route asset management (DRAM), LNW, about the work the infrastructure owner is carryin... more >
Achieving efficiency through standards

17/01/2017Achieving efficiency through standards

Vaibhav Puri, head of standards policy at the RSSB, attempts to bust the myths around standards, and argues that they will be vital to the tradin... more >
A digital railway for a modern Britain

17/01/2017A digital railway for a modern Britain

David Waboso CBE, managing director of Group Digital Railway, discusses using digital technology and how we must work together better as an indus... more >

rail industry focus

  • 20/01/2017A one-industry call for skills development

    At the launch of the new Rail Sector Skills Delivery Plan in December, key industry figures got together to outline how the major strategy will seek to address rail’s...
  • 20/01/2017The future of East West Rail

    Shortly before the end of last year, transport secretary Chris Grayling announced unprecedented proposals to create a new and independent East West Rail operation tasked with...
  • 17/01/2017Delivering on route devolution

    At RTM’s recent Northern Powerhouse Rail Conference, Andy Haynes, Network Rail’s contracts and procurement director, explained the infrastructure owner’s decision to establish...
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Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

15/11/2016Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

Phil Verster, managing director of ScotRail Alliance, speaks to RTM’s Luana Salles about the recently-published ‘Investing in the Fut... more >