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Half a million jobs ‘just the beginning’ as HS2 chair calls on local partnerships to lead the way

Half a million jobs ‘just the beginning’ as HS2 chair calls on local partnerships to lead the way

07.11.18: Sir Terry Morgan has said that half a million jobs and ninety thousand homes are “just the beginning” of the spread of wealth HS2 will bring to Britain. Speaking at the Built Environment Networking’s HS2 Economic Growth Co...

20 May: What really happened

20 May: What really happened

06.11.18: Dan Brown, director of strategy and policy at the ORR, walks us through the first part of the regulator’s inquiry into the timetable chaos that ensued earlier this year. On 20 May 2018, a new timetable was introduced which plunged rai...

Private sector investors want ‘proper’ regulation, says new ORR chair as he backs devolution

Private sector investors want ‘proper’ regulation, says new ORR chair as he backs devolution

06.11.18: The preferred incoming chair of the rail regulator has outlined his stance on working with the private sector, arguing that potential investors want to see the rail industry regulated in a “positive, predictable, and assured manner.”...

High Court ruling awards Siemens £1.5bn Underground contract

High Court ruling awards Siemens £1.5bn Underground contract

06.11.18: Siemens has won a £1.5bn contract with London Underground to replace some of its oldest trains with almost 100 new models after a High Court ruling lifted the suspension on the contract. London Underground originally awarded the contr...

New ORR chair tells MPs the regulator will focus on passengers and ‘end user’ of rail industry

New ORR chair tells MPs the regulator will focus on passengers and ‘end user’ of rail industry

05.11.18: The preferred choice to take up the post as chair of the rail regulator has told MPs that he will take in a customer-focused and “end users” perspective to future operations on the railway. Speaking to MPs at the Transport Selec...

Rail overhaul on Brighton Main Line to improve the chaotic route in £67m upgrade

Rail overhaul on Brighton Main Line to improve the chaotic route in £67m upgrade

05.11.18: Plans to overhaul the Brighton Main Line in a £67m upgrade to the line to tackle delay hotspots and improve reliability have been unveiled. The Brighton Line, which has the worst punctuality of any major route, will undergo improvemen...

West Midlands Combined Authority granted £43m for investment in travel projects

West Midlands Combined Authority granted £43m for investment in travel projects

05.11.18: The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) will this week consider a £43m government investment in 10 projects designed to tackle congestion in the region. In an announcement today, money from the Transforming Cities Fund would be us...

Network Rail warn of Christmas upgrade disruption to one of UK’s busiest rail junctions

Network Rail warn of Christmas upgrade disruption to one of UK’s busiest rail junctions

02.11.18: Network Rail has announced winter plans for an £8.2m upgrade to Battersea Pier, one of the UK’s busiest railway junctions, which will cause disruption to passengers across Sussex, Surrey and South London this Christmas. The plan...

Network Rail urge businesses to join innovation project to improve passenger journeys

Network Rail urge businesses to join innovation project to improve passenger journeys

02.11.18:   Network Rail has launched a project with Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) to build live demonstrators of innovative technologies which could improve passenger journeys, and are seeking partners to help. The TSC-led project aims...

Taking to the skies

Taking to the skies

30.10.18: Network Rail’s commitment to driving innovation is best encapsulated by its latest scheme involving high-definition imagery drones, or UAVs. RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with the Thameslink Programme Network Rail project sponsor, Pau...

Budget promises not enough to unlock rail and housing in Oxford-Cambridge Arc

Budget promises not enough to unlock rail and housing in Oxford-Cambridge Arc

30.10.18: Philip Hammond’s Budget promises will not be enough to deliver the new transport links and homes needed in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc without intensive government efforts, warns the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). The chancell...

The Railway Test Facility

The Railway Test Facility

30.10.18: John de Bono, research fellow at the Nottingham University’s Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics, sheds a light on their Railway Test Facility. The University of Nottingham’s Railway Test Facility is a full-scale experimental fac...

Emergency track work in Bristol cancelled due to chemical emergency risk

Emergency track work in Bristol cancelled due to chemical emergency risk

29.10.18: Emergency track work, part of rail upgrades across Bristol, has been abruptly cancelled after a local resident told Network Rail that it’s plans put hundreds of people at risk in the case of a chemical emergency. Network Rail were pla...

Rate of complaints hit six-year high for UK railway

Rate of complaints hit six-year high for UK railway

26.10.18: The rate of rail complaints for the quarter has hit a six-year high due to frustrations over punctuality and reliability during the May timetable chaos, according to the ORR. There were 29.9 complaints per 100,000 journeys in 2018-19 Q1, wh...

New framework announced for measuring the impact UK rail has on society and sustainability

New framework announced for measuring the impact UK rail has on society and sustainability

25.10.18: The RSSB has developed a new framework which can measure the social value of the UK’s railway. Through the new ‘Common Social Impact Framework for Rail’ (CSIF), the safety board has developed a way to measure the societal...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transpor... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

22/02/2019Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

Eurostar queues of up to 15,000 passengers could mount up at London’s St Pancras International station in the even... more >
New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

21/02/2019New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in ... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >