Rail service improvements and disruptions

Major progress made on ECML, paving way for new trains this year

Major progress made on ECML, paving way for new trains this year

29.05.18: Network Rail has completed two key milestones in its changes to the East Coast Main Line (ECML) for its introduction of the new InterCity Express Program (IEP) trains later this year. Routes spanning England and Scotland have been checked t...

Hackney Wick station makeover unveiled in £25m regeneration plan

Hackney Wick station makeover unveiled in £25m regeneration plan

24.05.18: Restoration work at Hackney Wick overground station in London was unveiled today as part of a £25m regeneration scheme that will improve passenger accessibility and movement between platforms, improving the economy of the local area. ...

Grayling promises to tackle Northern failures with clear performance plan

Grayling promises to tackle Northern failures with clear performance plan

23.05.18: The government has outlined formal plans to improve the poor-performing Northern Rail, transport secretary Chris Grayling announced today. Improving driver recruitment and ensuring there are enough to cover demand, increasing driver trainin...

Bid to reopen Bristol line rejected by DfT

Bid to reopen Bristol line rejected by DfT

18.05.18: Proposals to fund the re-opening of a Somerset rail line have been halted by the government’s refusal to finance the plans. As part of the MetroWest project, the West of England Combined Authority’s bid for £46.9m was reje...

Welsh trains £200k makeover set to start

Welsh trains £200k makeover set to start

18.05.18: Work begins today on an 18-month programme to modernise fleets of Welsh trains. A £200,000 investment from Arriva Trains Wales (ATW), the Welsh Government, and Transport for Wales will refurbish 120 carriages in the Class 158 and 150...

A year of change for the north

A year of change for the north

18.05.18: Achieving statutory status represents a landmark moment for northern transport and will have an enormous impact on what be achieved over the coming years, says Barry White (pictured, left), chief executive of Transport for the North (TfN). ...

Industry must act now to keep passengers aware of ‘inaccurate’ timetables

Industry must act now to keep passengers aware of ‘inaccurate’ timetables

16.05.18: Transport Focus has pressed the rail industry to do more to warn passengers when timetable changes and engineering works will affect their journeys. At a special public meeting, called by the board of Transport Focus, senior representatives fro...

Edinburgh to Glasgow rail upgrade cost rises by over £100m

Edinburgh to Glasgow rail upgrade cost rises by over £100m

15.05.18: Plans to upgrade one of Scotland’s most popular rail routes have increased in cost by more than £100m. Reports today say that improvements to the Edinburgh to Glasgow line — a move that would make the journey just 42 minut...

TOCs still not doing enough to keep customers informed of timetable changes

TOCs still not doing enough to keep customers informed of timetable changes

11.05.18: Train companies urgently need to improve how they keep passengers informed about train timetable changes, the ORR has said in a letter sent to TOCs today. Back in February, Network Rail announced it was unable to confirm finalised timetable...

Wolverhampton subway closed as station gears up for £130m makeover

Wolverhampton subway closed as station gears up for £130m makeover

11.05.18: Wolverhampton station’s pedestrian subway will be closed later this month for over a year as part of plans to develop a new station building. Plans to demolish the current station and build a new one adjacent to it will commence in tw...

Digital Railway strategy sets out major upgrade targets for next 15 years  

Digital Railway strategy sets out major upgrade targets for next 15 years  

10.05.18: Transport secretary Chris Grayling and Network Rail boss Mark Carne will today convene in York to launch the much-anticipated Digital Railway Strategy, which will confirm that the industry will benefit from “a plan, impetus and the funding...

CAF opens new storage and train overhaul facility in Manchester

CAF opens new storage and train overhaul facility in Manchester

09.05.18: CAF Rail UK has opened a new multi-purpose component overhaul and storage facility in Stockport to support its growing operations in the UK. Half of the unit will hold spare parts to service existing and future UK contracts and will supply...

First stage of Stirling electrification to wrap up this month

First stage of Stirling electrification to wrap up this month

09.05.18: The first stage of the Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa electrification project is set for completion this month, the ScotRail Alliance has announced. The first section to be electrified as part of the electrification project covers 26 single track...

ScotRail faces record fines over ‘disappointing’ passenger service failures

ScotRail faces record fines over ‘disappointing’ passenger service failures

08.05.18: ScotRail is facing record-high fines after multiple failures to hit performance targets set by Transport Scotland. Figures released on 4 May as part of Transport Scotland’s quarterly statistics called the Service Quality Incentive Reg...

OLE upgrades complete at Anglia as part of £46m transformation

OLE upgrades complete at Anglia as part of £46m transformation

08.05.18: Network Rail has completed the installation of 4km of overhead wire between Billericay and Wickford, meaning better railway between Southend, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. The improvements, made over the bank holiday weekend, are part of the...

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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 >
NR launches tender for £5bn track alliances

20/06/2018NR launches tender for £5bn track alliances

Network Rail has commenced the tender process for the next generation of track work contracts, valued at up to £5bn.... 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 >