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Improvement plans at Ely North move forward with £8.8m LEP investment

Improvement plans at Ely North move forward with £8.8m LEP investment

24.03.17: The rail network in East Cambridgeshire is set to receive a £8.8m cash injection from two Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in the area who will fund studies into improving services in the region, including at Ely North Junction. N...

Threefold increase to GTR complaints rate pulls up national average for Q3

Threefold increase to GTR complaints rate pulls up national average for Q3

23.03.17: Continued disruption to Southern services has led to complaints lodged against Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) rocketing by 347.1% in Q3, compared to the same period last year, the ORR has revealed. The ‘Passenger rail service complain...

Bolton platform works start ahead of electric train introduction

Bolton platform works start ahead of electric train introduction

23.03.17: Improvements to Bolton station that will accommodate for the new electrified railway will be started next week by Network Rail (NR). The works will begin on Sunday 26 March and are the latest in plans to provide quicker services through the...

TfGM submits innovative plans to take control of 94 GM stations

TfGM submits innovative plans to take control of 94 GM stations

20.03.17: Plans to devolve powers for station ownership to Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) from Network Rail (NR) and train operators were today submitted to the DfT. The proposals submitted by TfGM, called ‘Case for Change’, will...

TOCs and suppliers come together as RSSB names innovation competition winners

TOCs and suppliers come together as RSSB names innovation competition winners

14.03.17: Six successful projects focused on innovation have been given the green light as part of a £4m RSSB competition, meaning TOCs will now take them forward to the next stage of development. The projects, competing to win a share of the f...

Industrial strategy could create lasting benefits

Industrial strategy could create lasting benefits

14.03.17: Gordon Wakeford, industry chair of the Rail Supply Group (RSG), explains why the government’s Industrial Strategy could create considerable opportunities for the rail sector. The UK is in the midst of the most exciting investment in t...

Ordsall Chord: History being made

Ordsall Chord: History being made

14.03.17: RTM speaks to the many partners involved in the Ordsall Chord scheme after the team successfully completed a major 16-day blockade over Christmas and put in place the iconic 600-tonne network arch. Luana Salles reports. Back in October 2015...

The age of the digital train

The age of the digital train

14.03.17: Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), says that a blueprint for how the rail industry embraces technology and innovation is essential if we are to tackle the capacity crunch. Modernising Britain’s railway is...

Smart ticketing available on Midland services by end of 2018

Smart ticketing available on Midland services by end of 2018

09.03.17: The government has launched its Midlands Engine strategy that outlines plans to boost the transport infrastructure of the region with £392m worth of new funding aimed at growing the economy of the Midlands. The plan promised to make t...

NR delivers rails for Far North Line renewals for first time in Scotland by sea

NR delivers rails for Far North Line renewals for first time in Scotland by sea

03.03.17: Over 1,000 new rails have been delivered to Scotland for the first time by sea to Scrabster Harbour to be used to renew 6.5 miles of track on the Far North Line’s Thurso branch that stretches from Thurso Station to Georgemas Junction. ...

Maynard visits proposed Westbury-Salisbury extension to TransWilts line

Maynard visits proposed Westbury-Salisbury extension to TransWilts line

03.03.17: The proposed site of a new station at Wilton that would connect Westbury and Salisbury was visited by rail minister Paul Maynard yesterday, as the MP travelled on a special GWR 1005 Swindon to Salisbury service to mark the role that community ra...

PAC: GWML electrification a ‘stark example of how not to run a project’

PAC: GWML electrification a ‘stark example of how not to run a project’

03.03.17: The management and overspending by Network Rail (NR) on the Great Western electrification programme has been described as “staggering and unacceptable” by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) after it was found that £330m was wa...

Hendy: Devolution essential to meet the unprecedented growth challenge

Hendy: Devolution essential to meet the unprecedented growth challenge

03.03.17: Network Rail’s chair, Sir Peter Hendy, gives RTM an update on the infrastructure owner’s transformation plan and why financial discipline and devolution are the key building blocks to its success. Seven months ago we published o...

ORR passenger statistics reveal low growth in Q3

ORR passenger statistics reveal low growth in Q3

02.03.17: Rail passenger journeys in Greater Britain for Q3 of 2016-17 reached 442.4million, the lowest quarter on quarter growth (0.04%) since Q4 2012-13, according to new data released by the ORR. Passenger revenue was also shown to be lacking grow...

Revealed: Southern cancelled almost 60,000 services last year

Revealed: Southern cancelled almost 60,000 services last year

02.03.17: Almost 60,000 Southern rail services were cancelled last year, figures recorded by Network Rail (NR) today have revealed – averaging 161 trains per day across the network. Southern was directly responsible for around 38,379 of these c...

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Almost 1.5 million eTickets sold six months after introduction

27/03/2017Almost 1.5 million eTickets sold six months after introduction

Newly released figures of eTicket sales have shown that over one million have been sold since the modern system was firs... more >
Southern completes Class 377 modifications for extreme winter weather

27/03/2017Southern completes Class 377 modifications for extreme winter weather

Southern’s Class 377 fleet has been given a major upgrade to make it more resilient to frost and snowy weather thi... more >
First MTR joint venture awarded South Western franchise

27/03/2017First MTR joint venture awarded South Western franchise

First MTR South Western Trains Limited (First MTR) has been awarded the new South Western franchise by the government, w... more >

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08/03/2017A celebration of rail achievement

Welcome to this special UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) review issue of RTM. The fourth edition of the prestigious awards took place on 9 February at London’s Battersea Evolution and, once again, was a huge success.  With over 1,100 rail decision-makers in attendance, the black-tie event was a great place for networking and celebrating the success of the rail industry in the last 12 months. To see who won at this year’s... read more >

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Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

Ahead of the major imminent reforms to the apprenticeship system, Simon Rennie, general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, outlines the industry’s reasons to be positive abo... more > more last word articles >

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Raising wall work at Linlithgow heritage railway site completed

24/03/2017Raising wall work at Linlithgow heritage railway site completed

Work has been completed to raise the height of walls bordering the railway heritage site at Royal Terrace and Union Road in Linlithgow, as part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). A total of £650k has been put into the project to ensure the boundary of the railway is compliant with safety standards for an electrif... more >
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Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

23/03/2017Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

Justin Stenner, head of technology for Heathrow Express, considers the  benefits and drawbacks of implementing e-ticketing on rail services.... more >
Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

23/03/2017Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

Linda Miller, former Crossrail project manager, Connaught Tunnel, reflects on the challenges of widening and deepening the vital Victorian tunnel... more >
The case for rail integration

23/03/2017The case for rail integration

Jeremy Long, CEO of European Business at MTR Corporation, reflects on how stronger integration of train and track could benefit major rail infras... more >
Getting fire testing standards right

23/03/2017Getting fire testing standards right

Richard Nowell, rolling stock engineer at the RSSB, discusses the ‘EN 45545-2 Fire testing of materials and components for trains’, a... more >

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Intertrain: ready for the future

23/02/2017Intertrain: ready for the future

RTM recently attended Intertrain’s ‘Driving for Success’ event in Doncaster, where leaders from major players such as Carillion... more >