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Storm Doris wreaks havoc across UK as London Midland Cross City line remains closed

Storm Doris wreaks havoc across UK as London Midland Cross City line remains closed

24.02.17: The impact of yesterday’s Storm Doris has been felt on rail services across the country, as passengers saw major disruption and commuters found themselves stranded in London Euston station. Services were affected by strong winds of up...

HS3 success key to closing bleak north-south divide, says IPPR

HS3 success key to closing bleak north-south divide, says IPPR

20.02.17: Success with HS3 is key to readdressing the imbalance in investment between the north and London, influential think tank IPPR North has argued. In the report written by researcher Grace Blakeley, it was reported that the north is experienci...

Settle to Carlisle line on track for March reopening

Settle to Carlisle line on track for March reopening

17.02.17: Considerable progress has been made on plans to reinstate the iconic Settle to Carlisle railway ahead of its scheduled reopening next month. The railway was closed in February last year after flooding to the River Eden in Cumbria caused 500...

GTR failures account for 86% of national decline in rail performance

GTR failures account for 86% of national decline in rail performance

17.02.17: Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has, unsurprisingly, once again come bottom of the two separate public performance measure (PPM) charts released this week. The first dataset, collected by Network Rail and accounting for period 11, reported a...

Pioneering engineering technique to save £250,000 a week trialled by NR

Pioneering engineering technique to save £250,000 a week trialled by NR

16.02.17: A pioneering “world-first” approach to railway engineering designed to improve efficiency and reduce delays to passengers is being trialled by Network Rail. “Formation flying” is the latest in a series of new techniq...

Waterloo commuters take virtual reality tour around new station

Waterloo commuters take virtual reality tour around new station

15.02.17: London commuters have today been given a chance to look around the new International Terminal at Waterloo station – despite the fact it hasn’t been built yet. With the use of virtual reality headsets, passengers at Waterloo were...

Carne floats supplier incentive scheme for capacity improvements

Carne floats supplier incentive scheme for capacity improvements

14.02.17: Rail contractors could soon be paid cash returns according to how much they are willing to invest in the network, with plans currently on the table potentially reviving elements of the public-private partnership schemes that existed under Tony B...

TfGM 2040 plan talks network integration and floats tram-train fix

TfGM 2040 plan talks network integration and floats tram-train fix

08.02.17: Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has unveiled its much-anticipated Transport Strategy 2040, which outlines how the authority will focus on creating an integrated, sustainable and co-ordinated transport system in the region – with al...

RDG: Biometric technology may soon improve passenger flow

RDG: Biometric technology may soon improve passenger flow

07.02.17: The rail industry may soon use biometric technology such as eye scans or fingerprinting to charge passengers for journeys, according to the industry’s plan for coping with growing demand for rail travel. The railway Capability Deliver...

Tyne and Wear Metro passengers call for LU-style seating in new fleet

Tyne and Wear Metro passengers call for LU-style seating in new fleet

07.02.17: Tyne and Wear Metro passengers have called for seating on future rolling stock to be similar to that of the London Underground, a Nexus-commissioned survey has revealed, as the executive body looks to build its business case to government for a...

TfN: Better rail links to Northern ports would boost global appeal

TfN: Better rail links to Northern ports would boost global appeal

03.02.17: Better rail and road links to airports and ports could have enormous benefits for trade and business growth in the north of England, an independent commission has said. The Independent International Connectivity Commission’s (IICC&rsq...

Scottish rail infrastructure strategy launched ahead of government HLOS

Scottish rail infrastructure strategy launched ahead of government HLOS

03.02.17: The rail industry has come together to launch a major new infrastructure strategy for Scotland, which sets out how the sector can benefit the country’s economy. The report, published by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), was developed by...

TOCs to improve disabled toilet access after Paralympian embarrassment

TOCs to improve disabled toilet access after Paralympian embarrassment

01.02.17: Rail operators are working to improve disabled passengers’ access to toilets on trains and at stations following talks between senior industry figures and the rail minister Paul Maynard. The government has agreed with operators that c...

The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

01.02.17: Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), discusses the role of simulation in ERTMS training ahead of this year’s ‘ERTMS and ETCS 2017: The Future of Railway Signalling in the UK’ conference. Simulation...

Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

01.02.17: Dr John Easton and Dr Shruti Kohli from the University of Birmingham write for RTM about the role big data can play in transforming the country’s railways. Over the last few years there has been a great deal of discussion within the i...

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Rail industry made and spent £18.4bn in 2015-16, ORR reveals

24/02/2017Rail industry made and spent £18.4bn in 2015-16, ORR reveals

ORR has this week published its UK rail industry financial information 2015-16, which has revealed the expenditure and i... more >
RMT calls for urgent talks with Southern to end guards dispute

24/02/2017RMT calls for urgent talks with Southern to end guards dispute

Rail union RMT has called for urgent talks to be resumed with Southern in a bid to bring its long running dispute about ... more >
Storm Doris wreaks havoc across UK as London Midland Cross City line remains closed

24/02/2017Storm Doris wreaks havoc across UK as London Midland Cross City line remains closed

The impact of yesterday’s Storm Doris has been felt on rail services across the country, as passengers saw major d... 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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Southern Rail passengers reminded to claim compensation

03/02/2017Southern Rail passengers reminded to claim compensation

Southern’s annual season ticket holders have been reminded that they are entitled to claim compensation due to the franchise’s poor performance over the 2016-17 financial year. Last year, the DfT promised that Southern season ticket holders would be able to claim the equivalent of a month’s worth of fares in compensation... more >
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The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

01/02/2017The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), discusses the role of simulation in ERTMS training ahead of this year’s &lsqu... more >
Digital railway maintenance

01/02/2017Digital railway maintenance

Tim Flower, head of maintenance at Network Rail, explains how the infrastructure owner is adopting a new approach for condition monitoring to max... more >
Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

01/02/2017Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

Dr John Easton and Dr Shruti Kohli from the University of Birmingham write for RTM about the role big data can play in transforming the country&r... more >
A better railway depends on harnessing technology

27/01/2017A better railway depends on harnessing technology

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), argues that we must change the status quo and invest in technology if we are to c... 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 >