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Great Western modernisation moves forward as NR completes key upgrade

Great Western modernisation moves forward as NR completes key upgrade

18.09.17: Network Rail has this week reached a key milestone of the Great Western modernisation programme as it completed a key series of upgrades between Bristol Parkway and Swindon. The line reopened on Saturday (16 September) following a long prog...

London businesses endorse calls for ‘Crossrail for the North’

London businesses endorse calls for ‘Crossrail for the North’

15.09.17: London business leaders have this week firmly put their support behind ‘Crossrail for the North’ and said the government should seriously explore the project. A statement from the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) a...

Major delays expected on WCML following blaze

Major delays expected on WCML following blaze

15.09.17: Services between Watford Junction and London Euston have been halted this morning after a huge fire broke out near the line in the early hours of Friday morning. The fire broke out at a timber yard and commercial property at Chantry Place...

West Midlands approves £3.4bn decade-long rail investment plan

West Midlands approves £3.4bn decade-long rail investment plan

11.09.17: Members of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) have now formally stamped the 2026 Delivery Plan for Transport that will see £3.4bn invested into tram extensions, suburban rail lines and new stations over the next decade, as well as...

TfGM to fight corner for full TransPennine electrification

TfGM to fight corner for full TransPennine electrification

08.09.17: Full electrification of the TransPennine route must continue to be considered alongside any alternatives, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has argued, insisting that the use of bi-mode engine technology is “relatively unproven&rdquo...

Celebrating 150 years of engineering excellence

Celebrating 150 years of engineering excellence

07.09.17: As Stannah celebrates a very special anniversary, Peter Perry, managing director of Stannah Lift Services, writes about the company’s history and why it is particularly proud to be increasingly associated with the rail network. This y...

Trains running again between Bolton and Manchester after bridge collapse

Trains running again between Bolton and Manchester after bridge collapse

06.09.17: Trains have today started running again between Bolton and Manchester after services had been suspended on the line for a number of weeks. Initially, the line was closed during a Network Rail possession to improve the route ahead of electri...

Hammond must show ‘colour of his money’ to northern rail at Tory conference

Hammond must show ‘colour of his money’ to northern rail at Tory conference

05.09.17: Northern leaders have expressed disappointment at the lack of transport assurances given during the chancellor’s visit to the region yesterday, and called on him to capitalise on the upcoming Conservative Party conference in Manchester and...

Rail Live: A unique industry conference

Rail Live: A unique industry conference

04.09.17: Colin Flack, chairman of the Rail Alliance, talks to RTM about this year’s edition of Rail Live and future ambitions. As readers will remember from the June/July issue, RTM sent our very own reporter Josh Mines down to Long Marston to...

Time to embrace Scandinavian approach to transport, says UTG

Time to embrace Scandinavian approach to transport, says UTG

31.08.17: Devolved bodies in the UK have a lot to learn from transport authorities across Scandinavia when it comes to ticket pricing, suburban rail services and electrification, a new report has argued. In its latest publication, the Urban Tran...

Thinking down the line

Thinking down the line

28.08.17: East Midlands Derby-based Tidyco (UK) Ltd, a supplier of hydraulic and pneumatic products to the rail industry for over 40 years, discusses the importance that SMEs play within the wider industry and how best to address the needs of OEMs and ong...

Electrification ‘very unlikely’ to come back into EWR scheme

Electrification ‘very unlikely’ to come back into EWR scheme

25.08.17: Plans to electrify the East West Rail (EWR) link between Oxford and Cambridge are “very unlikely” to come back into the scheme after the DfT instructed Network Rail to remove electrification from the scope of the Western Section, RTM...

Northern leaders meet in Leeds to demand fair transport cash settlement

Northern leaders meet in Leeds to demand fair transport cash settlement

23.08.17: Leaders in the north are today joining together at a transport summit in Leeds to once again call for better transport investment. The summit, opened today by Leeds City Council leader Cllr Judith Blake, is being attended by Greater Manches...

Osborne: Ministers must ensure HS2 redesigns include HS3 plans

Osborne: Ministers must ensure HS2 redesigns include HS3 plans

22.08.17: Former chancellor George Osborne along with lobby groups representing the interests of business leaders in the north have today joined the call for investment in HS3, also known as Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR). Osborne, along with the Nor...

Chase Line electrification moves forward with steel structure installation

Chase Line electrification moves forward with steel structure installation

22.08.17: Another 52 steel structures have been put in place on the Rugelely Trent Valley to Walsall electrification programme, which Network Rail says is now well underway. Existing powerlines south of Walsall station have also been refurbished, whi...

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Virgin launches app to allow customers to bid for cheap First Class upgrades

20/09/2017Virgin launches app to allow customers to bid for cheap First Class upgrades

Virgin Trains has launched a world first app that allows passengers to bid for First Class upgrades for as low as £... more >
RMT ‘playing politics’ with passengers as strike action planned in October

20/09/2017RMT ‘playing politics’ with passengers as strike action planned in October

October is set to be another tough month for commuters across the country as the RMT announced a tranche of strikes acro... more >
Work begins on new Maghull North station

20/09/2017Work begins on new Maghull North station

Construction of a new station in the north west has started this week, which will give increased travel options for pass... more >

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04/09/2017A series of incredible events

There are a couple of announcements I’d like to make in this editor’s comment, which I believe could be very beneficial to many of our readers.  Firstly, the deadline is fast approaching to enter the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), which will take place on 22 March 2018 at Battersea Evolution in London.  Now in its fifth year, UKRIA continues to bring together the leaders and decision-makers running the rail ... read more >

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How do tram and rail passengers compare?

How do tram and rail passengers compare?

David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, analyses the drivers in performance of passenger satisfaction in tram compared to rail. Results published in our recent Tram Passenger Survey (... more > more last word articles >

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UKRIA 2018: Meet the judging panel

19/09/2017UKRIA 2018: Meet the judging panel

With just under a week left to get your applications in for the rail industry’s biggest awards event, UKRIA, it seems like the perfect time to introduce the huge names that are making up our judging panel this year. The most exciting addition to the senior pan-industry panel this year is one of the most recognisable names in the ind... more >
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A network of training excellence

18/09/2017A network of training excellence

Writing on behalf of the Training Alliance, Simon Rennie runs through the early results of a tight-knit collaboration agreement between key rail ... more >
Do you feel heard in the workplace?

18/09/2017Do you feel heard in the workplace?

Much of what we do at CIRAS is about listening to the health and safety concerns of people in safety critical roles. Often people approach CIRAS ... more >
Enabling the Great North Rail Project

18/09/2017Enabling the Great North Rail Project

Mark Bellew writing on behalf of Network Rail discusses progress on the company’s Great North Rail Project, and the signalling that underpi... more >
A challenge for the rail industry?

18/09/2017A challenge for the rail industry?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the opportunities and challenges the draft mayor’s Tra... more >

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A game changer for Wales and Borders

17/07/2017A game changer for Wales and Borders

Andy Thomas, managing director for Network Rail’s Wales route, describes how the infrastructure owner will work more collaboratively than e... more >