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Hitachi Class 800s pass digital signalling testing

Hitachi Class 800s pass digital signalling testing

28.07.17: Hitachi’s new fleet of Intercity Express trains have this week passed testing to run the digital technology required by the DfT. The trains have successfully tested an advanced level of digital signalling which comes as part of the Di...

Southern runs five out of UK’s top 10 overcrowded trains

Southern runs five out of UK’s top 10 overcrowded trains

27.07.17: Five of the top 10 most overcrowded services were run by Southern in spring last year, new statistics released by DfT today have revealed. On one of those services, from East Grinstead to London Bridge arriving at 8.20, capacity was at very...

GOBLIN electrification on track for January 2018 completion

GOBLIN electrification on track for January 2018 completion

27.07.17: Network Rail has this week confirmed that the GOBLIN electrification project is expected to be completed in January 2018 ahead of new trains arriving in spring. The project aiming to electrify the line on the Overground between Gospel Oak a...

ORR tells TOCs to clean up act with handling passenger complaints

ORR tells TOCs to clean up act with handling passenger complaints

27.07.17: The rail regulator has today warned that complaints handling must be improved by TOCs as it was revealed that more than half of customers were not happy with how their complaint about a service was handled. Although the ORR’s annual c...

IPPR petitions for Crossrail North to rebalance ‘scandal’ of rail underfunding

IPPR petitions for Crossrail North to rebalance ‘scandal’ of rail underfunding

26.07.17: An influential think tank has this week launched a petition to push the government to devolve powers to the local areas in order to construct a ‘Crossrail North’. The petition follows the government ruffling feathers in the nort...

London passengers happier than before, but green shoots still ‘fragile’

London passengers happier than before, but green shoots still ‘fragile’

26.07.17: Rail passengers in London and the south east are more satisfied with their service in 2017 than they were last year, it has been revealed. This is despite the fact that the area has been hit by endless strikes and disruption on Southern ser...

TransPennine electrification and Piccadilly upgrade now also in doubt

TransPennine electrification and Piccadilly upgrade now also in doubt

25.07.17: Transport authorities in West Yorkshire have said it is “very disappointing” that electrification may not be completed along the entire TransPennine route as planned. Last Friday, transport secretary Chris Grayling announced the...

Northern uproar as Grayling backs Crossrail 2 after ditching electrification

Northern uproar as Grayling backs Crossrail 2 after ditching electrification

25.07.17: Transport secretary Chris Grayling has this week publicly put his backing behind Crossrail 2. In a joint statement from Grayling and mayor of London Sadiq Khan, it was revealed that the pair agreed that the capital needed new infrastructure...

Devolved rail bodies boast better performance and satisfaction

Devolved rail bodies boast better performance and satisfaction

24.07.17: Devolved rail networks have driven improvements in performance, reliability and passenger satisfaction since transport powers were handed to local regions from Whitehall, it has been claimed. Based on these findings, a new report released b...

ECI-2 reveals key areas to embrace change to deliver Digital Railway

ECI-2 reveals key areas to embrace change to deliver Digital Railway

21.07.17: The Digital Railway has taken another step forward this week as bosses responsible for delivering the transformative project have unveiled how they could incorporate next-generation technology into rail from new suppliers and the non-railway sec...

DfT promises CP6 renewals boost, but pushes funding deal to October

DfT promises CP6 renewals boost, but pushes funding deal to October

20.07.17: Transport secretary Chris Grayling has agreed to a higher volume of renewals activity in CP6 in order to “maintain safety and improve on current levels of reliability and punctuality” – but has pushed back the announcement of a...

Simple changes for energy efficiency

Simple changes for energy efficiency

20.07.17: Michelle Papayannakos, rail sustainability specialist at the RSSB, argues that improving the way energy is managed should be a high priority for the industry as a means to drive down costs, lower carbon emissions and embed innovation. The U...

RSG launches group to promote UK rail exports

RSG launches group to promote UK rail exports

19.07.17: The Rail Supply Group (RSG) has today announced that the organisation it set up to develop strategies to promote UK rail abroad, the Exports Leadership Group (ELG), has met for the first time. Yesterday, the ELG – which brings togethe...

A win-win procedure for buyers and suppliers

A win-win procedure for buyers and suppliers

17.07.17: David Clarke, technical director at the Railway Industry Association (RIA), argues that a new partnership procurement mechanism might just be the key to developing innovative, transformational and truly sustainable solutions for the sector. RTM&...

Developing a stronger and more connected UK

Developing a stronger and more connected UK

17.07.17: Maria Machancoses, programme director at Midlands Connect, explains why effective rail links between the Midlands and Wales will be key to developing a stronger and more connected UK. As major economic players of the UK economy, the Midland...

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DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

28/07/2017DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

The DfT has today announced the successful bidders for a £16m package, part of the second phase of the New Station... more >
East Midlands Airport offers £2.5m fund to boost station connections

28/07/2017East Midlands Airport offers £2.5m fund to boost station connections

East Midlands Airport has today offered details of a £2.5m deal designed to improve station services as part of th... more >
Hitachi Class 800s pass digital signalling testing

28/07/2017Hitachi Class 800s pass digital signalling testing

Hitachi’s new fleet of Intercity Express trains have this week passed testing to run the digital technology requir... more >

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03/07/2017Rapid progress needed

As RTM went to press, the National Infrastructure Commission outlined a list of the ‘top 12’ immediate priorities on which ministers must make rapid progress in the next year. Unsurprisingly, major rail schemes, including HS2, Crossrail 2 and HS3, featured highly in the projects that needed speedy development.  Lord Adonis stated that all of these have been agreed in principle, “but require decisive action to get ... 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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Londoners given peek at abandoned Mail Rail Underground line

28/07/2017Londoners given peek at abandoned Mail Rail Underground line

Londoners will soon be able to enjoy a unique rail experience – by riding a train going along the disused Mail Rail line. The 6.5-mile track runs deep under the capital, criss-crossing Tube lines and formerly linking six sorting offices with mainline stations at Liverpool Street and Paddington. At most, the small, electric and drive... more >
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How can the new government support rail freight?

20/07/2017How can the new government support rail freight?

Following the recent general election, Maggie Simpson, executive director at the Rail Freight Group, considers what action the government can tak... more >
Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

20/07/2017Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

Geoff Ogden, interim managing director at Transport for Wales (TfW), talks to RTM about how the organisation is putting sustainable development a... more >
A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

20/07/2017A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

Victoria Hills, chief executive officer at the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), gives RTM an update on the work to create a... more >
Simple changes for energy efficiency

20/07/2017Simple changes for energy efficiency

Michelle Papayannakos, rail sustainability specialist at the RSSB, argues that improving the way energy is managed should be a high priority for ... more >

rail industry focus

  • 20/07/2017Keep cool and carry on

    RTM’s Luana Salles looks at the reasons behind the scorching summer temperatures on the Underground’s rolling stock – and what TfL is doing to change this.
  • 17/07/2017HS2: the catalyst for diversity

    RTM’s Josh Mines reports on how HS2 Ltd expects its supply chain to remove barriers to inclusion to build capacity and widen access.
  • 17/07/2017A win-win procedure for buyers and suppliers

    David Clarke, technical director at the Railway Industry Association (RIA), argues that a new partnership procurement mechanism might just be the key to developing innovative...
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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 >