Rail service improvements and disruptions

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...

‘All in it together’ pure alliance nudges Ordsall Chord to final phase

‘All in it together’ pure alliance nudges Ordsall Chord to final phase

18.08.17: The alliance taking forward the Ordsall Chord under a multidisciplinary partnership approach has been celebrated as the chief reason behind the scheme’s punctual progress towards the last stages of work before its December debut. Spea...

NR recovery operation after Ely derailment set to cause more disruption

NR recovery operation after Ely derailment set to cause more disruption

16.08.17: Network Rail has today been working to lift a derailed train off the track in Ely, which has been causing serious disruption over the last few days. Eleven wagons of a freight train came off the tracks at Queen Adelaide near the Ely No...

SWT warns passengers to avoid Waterloo after derailment

SWT warns passengers to avoid Waterloo after derailment

15.08.17: A train has derailed at Waterloo station today, causing chaos for passengers travelling into the capital. The British Transport Police (BTP) confirmed that officers were sent to the station at 6.04am after a train derailed at small speed pu...

Morgan Sindall reports strong profits as rail work ‘progresses well’

Morgan Sindall reports strong profits as rail work ‘progresses well’

09.08.17: Morgan Sindall Group Plc has today announced that it enjoyed strong profit growth in the first half of this year, with its rail division “progressing well” with its projects. The construction company recorded a 37% increase in p...

New Midlands Rail Hub could deliver £2bn economic boost

New Midlands Rail Hub could deliver £2bn economic boost

07.08.17: Proposals to create a new Midlands Rail Hub could lead to the area receiving an economic boost of £2bn over the next 10 to 30 years, research published this week has shown. In Network Rail’s West Midlands and Chilterns Route stu...

Labour slams ‘disgraceful’ U-Turn on electrification projects

Labour slams ‘disgraceful’ U-Turn on electrification projects

03.08.17: The recent cancellation of multiple electrification projects will lead to longer journeys, a higher cost of running the network and have a detrimental effect on the UK’s carbon emissions, the Labour Party has argued. In a statement, s...

NR erects first mast on Shotts electrification project

NR erects first mast on Shotts electrification project

02.08.17: Network Rail has this week announced that the first mast for the electrification of the Shotts line between Holytown Junction and Midcalder Junction has been put in place. The first steel works going up on the project, which is being delive...

Labour slams DfT for ‘national disgrace’ of overcrowded trains

Labour slams DfT for ‘national disgrace’ of overcrowded trains

01.08.17: Labour has today slammed the government for failing to cull overcrowding on trains as it warned that peak capacity will soar to 225% over the limit in five years if current trends continue. Shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald argued th...

Hansford: Contestability offers chance to unlock capacity and improve quality on network

Hansford: Contestability offers chance to unlock capacity and improve quality on network

31.07.17: The review of contestability undertaken by Professor Peter Hansford has today been released, concluding that a contestable market has few barriers to entry, and can lead to greater innovation and better value and delivery for customers. Pro...

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...

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TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

21/06/2018TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and US... more >
Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

20/06/2018Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

Rail companies have come together to launch a long-term plan for the railway in south east London and Kent. The region&... more >
Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

20/06/2018Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

Department for Transport officials and ministers were warned about Northern Rail chaos two years ago, but saw some key r... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

rail industry focus

  • 22/05/2018How two-way radio can boost worker safety

    ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Brentwood Communications explains why two-way radio technology remains the first-choice workplace tool across all industries, especially in one as...
  • 05/04/2018UKRIA 2018: NTAR’s response

    Below is a letter from Simon Rennie, general manager at the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), regarding the UK Rail Industry Awards 2018.   I am writing to...
  • 08/12/2017A game changer for Midland Metro

    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the latest projects taking place across the growing Midland Metro network. The expansion of...
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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >