Rail service improvements and disruptions

Convention of the North agrees first-ever meeting after weeks of rail chaos

Convention of the North agrees first-ever meeting after weeks of rail chaos

26.06.18: After weeks of widely-reported disruption and delays across the northern rail network, political and business leaders have met up in Newcastle to agree the first official meeting date for the brand-new Convention of the North, which will seek to...

Stations, civils, trains and NPR links: HS2 lays out key milestones for year ahead

Stations, civils, trains and NPR links: HS2 lays out key milestones for year ahead

26.06.18: HS2 Ltd has set out key milestones for this financial year, including defined goals around rolling stock procurement, the Phase 1 business case and Phase 2b designs, station and retail provision, environmental planning, franchise mobilisation, a...

UK’s railways threaten to buckle as temperatures soar

UK’s railways threaten to buckle as temperatures soar

26.06.18: Railways across the country have been marred by delays and cancellations due to railway lines buckling as temperatures are sky-high in the midst of a heatwave hitting the UK this week. During abnormally-high temperatures the steel rails are...

£100m global centre of rail excellence plans in the works for Wales

£100m global centre of rail excellence plans in the works for Wales

25.06.18:   A world-leading rail facility capable of testing current and future train technologies will be opened in Wales, the Welsh Government has announced. Transport secretary Ken Skates unveiled the plans today to create the £100...

Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

22.06.18: The expansion of rail is the “only viable option” to grow UK cities and allow them to achieve their economic potential, a new report has found. The Urban Transport Group (UTG), an organisation which represents the UK’s lar...

Nexus launches engagement process with mobility providers

Nexus launches engagement process with mobility providers

18.06.18: Nexus is launching an engagement exercise aimed at extending the reach of public and sustainable transport in the north east of England. The company provides public transport on behalf of Tyne and Wear local authorities, including owning and op...

Compensation schemes are ‘not optional’, Grayling warns TOCs

Compensation schemes are ‘not optional’, Grayling warns TOCs

15.06.18: Transport secretary Chris Grayling expects passengers to be promptly compensated when they experience delays, he has told train operating companies. Responding to the Which? investigation, suggesting that some franchises have refused to pay com...

ORR launches independent inquiry into timetable chaos

ORR launches independent inquiry into timetable chaos

14.06.18: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has formally launched its independent inquiry into the widespread timetable disruption suffered on the railway since the new timetable was rolled out on last month. Instead of delivering benefits to the rail ne...

‘Still too many’ delays and cancellations, despite interim Northern timetable

‘Still too many’ delays and cancellations, despite interim Northern timetable

14.06.18: The north of England depends on a “resilient and reliable transport network,” Transport for the North (TfN) has said, as rail disruptions rumble on across the region. The comments came as members of the TfN partnership board met in...

Northern leaders warn travel chaos could continue unless TfN handed more powers

Northern leaders warn travel chaos could continue unless TfN handed more powers

13.06.18: Northern business and council leaders have called for the government to grant Transport for the North (TfN) full powers to manage all northern infrastructure. In an open letter published by the Sunday Times, the group warned the government that...

York invites public's views on £100m station revamp

York invites public's views on £100m station revamp

12.06.18: The City of York Council is calling on locals to give their views on a £100m reshaping of the front of York station into a “fitting gateway to the city.” Under the proposals, the current Queen Street Bridge would be remove...

Rail companies are misleading customers over compensation

Rail companies are misleading customers over compensation

11.06.18: Train companies are giving misleading information about compensation, according to research by Which? Despite recent changes to terms and conditions which mean that rail companies should offer compensation for reasonable out of pocket expenses...

Minister promises Northern disruption is a priority as RDG reports improvement

Minister promises Northern disruption is a priority as RDG reports improvement

08.06.18: Northern passengers have experienced “totally unacceptable” service recently, rail minister Jo Johnson admitted yesterday. Meeting with the mayor of Greater Manchester and leaders of Northern and Network Rail, Johnson warned th...

PM urged to intervene in Northern travel misery as inquiry will take too long

PM urged to intervene in Northern travel misery as inquiry will take too long

07.06.18: Theresa May must intervene to fix the travel chaos across the north, Jeremy Corbyn has said. Corbyn’s comments come following timetable changes that unleashed a barrage of disruptions across the north. “The government must take u...

Proposals put forward to WYCA for HS2 testing facility and station refurb

Proposals put forward to WYCA for HS2 testing facility and station refurb

06.06.18: Proposals have been made to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) Investment Committee to back new schemes that will create an HS2 testing facility, renovated station plans and a new rail park & ride scheme in the area. The plans...

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Pr... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. ... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for... more >

editor's comment

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 >

last word

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 >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >