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Support for Portishead Line reopening remains high after survey

Support for Portishead Line reopening remains high after survey

26.07.18: A consultation on support for reopening the Portishead Line has highlighted support for the move. The survey, which received over 1,000 responses, found that 95% of respondents supported the scheme known as MetroWest Phase One. As the...

£300m inclusion scheme in the works to make transport accessible by 2030

£300m inclusion scheme in the works to make transport accessible by 2030

25.07.18: All disabled passengers can travel confidently and easily following a £300m investment from the DfT. The department’s ‘Inclusive Transport Strategy’ will introduce the multi-million-pound plans which includes investm...

TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

20.07.18: A landmark collaboration between two of the UK’s biggest regions has been signed to pave the way to improve rail transport between the areas. In an unprecedented deal between TfL and Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), London and Birm...

DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

19.07.18: GTR could be at risk of losing control of its franchise as early as this month depending on the outcome of a “hard review” into whether the TOC breached its contracts. During an urgent question about the May timetable fiasco at...

Free and binding rail ombudsman service set for November launch

Free and binding rail ombudsman service set for November launch

19.07.18: Users of the rail industry will benefit from the independent rulings of a dedicated ombudsman from November this year, allowing passengers who are unhappy with how TOCs handled their complaints to refer them to experts in consumer rights. A...

Grayling confirms electrification will form part of TransPennine upgrade

Grayling confirms electrification will form part of TransPennine upgrade

17.07.18: The transport secretary has confirmed to the UK rail supply sector that the TransPennine route upgrade will include both major civil engineering projects and electrification as part of its future plans. The future of TransPennine infrastruc...

Metro control room to get £12m investment in new technology

Metro control room to get £12m investment in new technology

16.07.18: The Tyne and Wear Metro control room is to undergo a £12m programme of modernisation as part of its biggest upgrade in its 38 year history. Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, is installing a new computerised signalli...

Network Rail has yet to give an end date for Cardiff electrification

Network Rail has yet to give an end date for Cardiff electrification

13.07.18: Article by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine Network Rail cannot give a precise date for when work on the electrification of the south Wales mainline will be completed The £2.8bn  project was announced by Prime Minster...

Creating a single independent role for timetable sign-offs would not be achievable, says Gibb

Creating a single independent role for timetable sign-offs would not be achievable, says Gibb

13.07.18: Appointing someone responsible for ultimately signing off timetable changes across the network – and for being vocal when planned reforms are too heroic and should be reconsidered or delayed – would not be achievable, Chris Gibb has...

Timetable chaos: Rail industry ‘lacks courage’ to say no to impossible demands

Timetable chaos: Rail industry ‘lacks courage’ to say no to impossible demands

13.07.18: The rail industry needs to pluck up the courage to say no to others instead of trying to accommodate every single stakeholder demand – and then failing to deliver on these expectations, rail veteran Chris Gibb has said. Gibb, who chai...

Trains on the Manchester-Preston line will not be electrified until 2019

Trains on the Manchester-Preston line will not be electrified until 2019

11.07.18: Article by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine Northern has announced it will not be electrifying the Manchester - Preston line until 2019. Its decision was finalised after the announcement of the timetable changes in December. ...

Progress for passengers but more improvement needed, ORR say

Progress for passengers but more improvement needed, ORR say

09.07.18: Good progress has been made in customer service along the railways, but more improvement is needed with harder work form the industry, a consumer group of the ORR has said. In a report from Consumers, Stephanie Tobyn, deputy director, said...

Major TOCs including Northern and GTR scrap plans for winter timetables

Major TOCs including Northern and GTR scrap plans for winter timetables

09.07.18: Winter timetable changes for some major TOCs have been cancelled to prevent disruption similar to the May chaos marred by delays and cancellations. Every year, the national timetable is routinely changed in order to adapt to seasonal change...

State-of-the-art Dundee station opened after 20 years of planning

State-of-the-art Dundee station opened after 20 years of planning

09.07.18: Article written by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine Dundee station opens its doors to the public after 20 years of planning and development. Located on the western edge of Dundee’s central waterfront, the £38m develo...

Timetable chaos: Strong and stable?

Timetable chaos: Strong and stable?

03.07.18: David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, paints a stark picture of the considerable human impact of delays across London and the north – even before the full extent of the crisis becomes known. The current timetable chaos on Tha...

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Government calls for companies to take part in 5G TransPennine pilot

20/08/2018Government calls for companies to take part in 5G TransPennine pilot

The government is inviting companies to take part in a new 5G project on the TransPennine Railway line between Leeds and... more >
First upgraded ScotRail InterCity train arrives in Scotland, rollout completed by late 2019

20/08/2018First upgraded ScotRail InterCity train arrives in Scotland, rollout completed by late 2019

ScotRail’s first upgraded InterCity train has arrived in Scotland as part of the revamped High Speed Trains (HST) ... more >
Hitachi Class 802s to be put in operation following GWR press launch

20/08/2018Hitachi Class 802s to be put in operation following GWR press launch

Train operator Greater Western Railway (GWR) launched its new Hitachi Class 802 range on Friday, holding a media run fro... 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 >