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Rail delays hit 12-year high after timetable delays and severe weather

Rail delays hit 12-year high after timetable delays and severe weather

18.09.18: Severe weather and the introductions of new timetables have led to the worst punctuality on British railways in 12 years, new figures from the ORR show. One in seven trains missed the industry measure of punctuality in the 12 months to Augu...

Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18.09.18: Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalance the UK economy, and also make sure the north can take full advantage of the opportunities HS2 wil...

Innovation through people and technology

Innovation through people and technology

18.09.18: Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on the regulator’s most recent annual health and safety report. In the ORR’s most rec...

The cost that counts is the price of doing nothing

The cost that counts is the price of doing nothing

18.09.18: When it comes to investing in connectivity in the Midlands, what matters most is not whether we can afford to finance our ambitions but whether we can afford not to, writes Maria Machancoses, director of Midlands Connect. At the start of Ju...

Towards railway-specific, bearer-independent communication

Towards railway-specific, bearer-independent communication

17.09.18: Freelance transport journalist Lesley Brown looks towards railway-specific, bearer independent communication.  Today, GSM-R is a well-established technology for carrying voice and data for operations across most railway netwo...

TransPennine upgrade works will shut down route for almost five years

TransPennine upgrade works will shut down route for almost five years

13.09.18: To achieve the improvements envisaged through the TransPennine upgrade, Network Rail will have to close some part of the route for up to a whopping 39 weeks per year for five years – in other words, closures of almost 50 months in total th...

UTG: New deal on urban rail funding and devolution needed

UTG: New deal on urban rail funding and devolution needed

13.09.18: The Urban Transport Group (UTG) has warned a new deal on funding and devolution of rail services is needed to keep UK cities moving forward. A report by the group, released today, claims that rail investment is not keeping pace with the nee...

Hitachi MD on slowed ECML progress: ‘These are teething problems that will be solved’

Hitachi MD on slowed ECML progress: ‘These are teething problems that will be solved’

12.09.18: The managing director of Hitachi Rail Europe has responded to faults in track along the East Coast Main Line (ECML) slowing progress for the roll-out of the Class 800 Azuma trains, arguing that the issues are “teething problems” that...

Network Rail to pilot private financing with several ‘contestable’ renewals schemes

Network Rail to pilot private financing with several ‘contestable’ renewals schemes

12.09.18: Network Rail has published a list of projects for which it is seeking third-party funding as part of plans to open the organisation up to outsiders – including two private financing opportunities and a series of small-scale ‘contesta...

Greater Anglia’s new trains rolled out for testing in Europe

Greater Anglia’s new trains rolled out for testing in Europe

11.09.18: Swiss manufacturer Stadler have started testing their brand-new trains in Europe, moving the delivery of 58 trains for Greater Anglia one step closer. Stadler are carrying out tests at the Velim Test-Centre in the Czech Republic on ‘b...

Digitisation: Confessions of a dinosaur

Digitisation: Confessions of a dinosaur

11.09.18: Digitisation is taking the railways by storm. Are our staff ready to embrace it? Neil Robertson, chief executive of NSAR, talks all things technology. How many times have you heard that the digital revolution is coming? Every day we are exh...

Past, present & future: The rail heritage of Tees Valley

Past, present & future: The rail heritage of Tees Valley

11.09.18: Two centuries ago, the world’s first public railway to use steam locomotives was officially opened at the heart of the north east. Fast-forward to 2018 and the rich transport heritage of the area continues to prosper. Ben Houchen, the Tees...

Track-based 3D scanner accurately models rail network in industry first

Track-based 3D scanner accurately models rail network in industry first

06.09.18: In an industry first, Network Rail Scotland has used a track-based three-dimensional scanner to accurately model the railway infrastructure ahead of the arrival of new trains. With LNER Azumas, Class 365s and Class 385s on the way, as well...

RIA looks to cut membership fees for ‘smaller players’ in supply sector

RIA looks to cut membership fees for ‘smaller players’ in supply sector

05.09.18: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has announced it will slash membership fees in a bid to encourage sector entrants and “smaller players” to join the body. The new membership cost, which began yesterday, will be half of the...

ORR report into May timetable chaos to be published later this month

ORR report into May timetable chaos to be published later this month

05.09.18: The much-awaited report led by Office of Rail and Road (ORR) chair Professor Stephen Glaister into the May timetable disruption will be released on 20 September. Prof Glaister was chosen by Chris Grayling to lead the inquiry into the introd...

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Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottle-neck in UK

17/10/2018Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottle-neck in UK

Network Rail has announced a public consultation into proposals for a major rail upgrade to the ‘Croydon bottle-ne... more >
HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

17/10/2018HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

Councillors have endorsed a “milestone” plan to transform Leeds station in preparation for HS2 arriving in t... more >
Paddington: New GWR Hitachi train takes down rail network whilst on its test run

17/10/2018Paddington: New GWR Hitachi train takes down rail network whilst on its test run

A brand-new test train has “severely damaged” overhead electric wires, causing massive disruption to all tra... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >