Rail service improvements and disruptions

Battered stretch of West Coast main line gets £4m repairs after landslide

Battered stretch of West Coast main line gets £4m repairs after landslide

23.11.17: Network Rail have completed £4m worth of work to stabilise embankments after a stretch of line between Watford and King’s Langley suffered from a major landslide last year. Services on the West Coast main line into Euston will b...

Chancellor accepts East West Rail targets and strengthens plans with extra cash

Chancellor accepts East West Rail targets and strengthens plans with extra cash

22.11.17: Chancellor Philip Hammond has confirmed the government’s commitment to completing the western section of East West Rail by 2024 and will commit new money to developing proposals for new stations, services and routes across the region. ...

GTR unveils Thameslink improvements but pushes back 24 TPH promise

GTR unveils Thameslink improvements but pushes back 24 TPH promise

21.11.17: GTR expects to have introduced 70% of additional services as part of the £7bn Thameslink Programme by May 2018. Focusing on south east services, the work is expected to increase capacity into London by up to 40,000 passengers in each...

Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

17.11.17: Raj Sivalingam, executive director for telecommunications and spectrum at techUK, makes the case for pan-industry collaboration in order to deploy the countless benefits of strong digital connectivity across the rail network. The UK is a su...

RSSB launches competition to boost railway’s operational performance

RSSB launches competition to boost railway’s operational performance

15.11.17: The Train Operator Competition 2017 (TOC17) has been launched today which looks to find innovative solutions to improving the performance of the railway. The £3.25m competition, launched by the RSSB, is designed to encourage greater colla...

GWR continues infrastructure project with new timetable planned

GWR continues infrastructure project with new timetable planned

09.11.17: The next phase of the project to build and improve infrastructure along the Great Western main line is set to begin. Upcoming work will focus on delivering upgrades to high-speed routes from Paddington to Newbury, Oxford, Bristol, South Wal...

UK Governments continue with plans for three-hour London to Scotland journeys

UK Governments continue with plans for three-hour London to Scotland journeys

06.11.17: Plans to reduce train times between Scotland and England have taken a step closer to completion with feasibility studies commissioned on a number of routes. Starting in 2016, the joint project between the UK and Scottish governments origina...

Merseytravel calls on Liverpool council bosses to endorse rail strategy

Merseytravel calls on Liverpool council bosses to endorse rail strategy

03.11.17: Merseytravel has urged the Liverpool City Region to endorse its new updates to the long-term rail strategy. The plans, presented to the authority’s transport committee yesterday, have been edited to consider changes in the industry si...

Where next for a rail investment plan in the north?

Where next for a rail investment plan in the north?

02.11.17: Lord Tony Berkeley, chair of the Rail Freight Group, analyses the potential impact of major government announcements regarding pan-north electrification and CP6 funding. In the last few months we have been subjected to a barrage of minister...

Bristol modernisation work to restart in November with overhead line upgrade

Bristol modernisation work to restart in November with overhead line upgrade

02.11.17: Modernisation work in Bristol will continue in November with Network Rail planning electrification and platform improvements. Overhead lines will be installed to continue the planned electrification on the route between London Paddington an...

EGIP into final testing phase as first full Edinburgh to Glasgow journey completed

EGIP into final testing phase as first full Edinburgh to Glasgow journey completed

01.11.17: The ScotRail Alliance successfully tested its first Class 385 on the full journey between Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street in the early hours of this morning. The journey builds on the previous test between Edinburgh and Linlithg...

NR stabilises Chiltern main line with innovative Japanese piling method

NR stabilises Chiltern main line with innovative Japanese piling method

01.11.17: Network Rail has stabilised a railway using an innovative piling method from Japan. The technique has been used to stabilise half a mile of subsiding embankment beneath the Chiltern main line. Prior to this, Network Rail engineers had been m...

Campaigners suggest ticket price freeze and extra network funding in ‘alternative budget’

Campaigners suggest ticket price freeze and extra network funding in ‘alternative budget’

31.10.17: The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) has included a ticket price freeze and increased network development funding in its ‘alternative transport budget. The organisation has offered the government an altered plan for the investment...

Majority of passengers prefer to wait on train than take replacement buses

Majority of passengers prefer to wait on train than take replacement buses

27.10.17: Passengers would rather wait on a train for 40 minutes than be forced to take a replacement bus service, research has found - even if this means a longer journey. Independent watchdog, Transport Focus has updated its 2012 research, ‘P...

Hynes: ‘Untapped opportunity’ for ScotRail Alliance collaboration levels

Hynes: ‘Untapped opportunity’ for ScotRail Alliance collaboration levels

24.10.17: The new boss of ScotRail Alliance is keen to exploit the leftover “untapped opportunity” in the organisation, arguing that there is still “more gas in the tank” in terms of what it can achieve. Speaking to RTM, Alex...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 tr... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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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 >