Rail service improvements and disruptions

GTR could lose its franchise if services don’t improve after new timetable

GTR could lose its franchise if services don’t improve after new timetable

02.07.18: Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is at risk of losing its franchise if it fails to improve the slumping performance across its services since late May’s timetable shake-up, which led to a string of cancellations and delays. The BBC rece...

Balfour Beatty launches new Rail Innovation Centre to advance digital railway

Balfour Beatty launches new Rail Innovation Centre to advance digital railway

29.06.18: Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has opened a new rail innovation centre in Derby today. The Raynesway facility in Derbyshire, in combination with offices at York and Matlock, will employ over 150 staff members with expertise and knowled...

Electrification schemes must be put back in the pipeline after ‘less than candid’ DfT approach

Electrification schemes must be put back in the pipeline after ‘less than candid’ DfT approach

29.06.18: The electrification schemes cancelled by transport secretary Chris Grayling last year should be recategorised as pending and placed in the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) for further development and design work in order to find ways to...

MPs: Efforts to rebalance rail investment must be mandatory, not an afterthought

MPs: Efforts to rebalance rail investment must be mandatory, not an afterthought

29.06.18: The Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine will “struggle to live up to their names” if the government continues to prioritise rail investment in London despite decades of underinvestment elsewhere, MPs have said in a new report...

Manchester electrification ‘accelerating’ after Amey takeover, with 9 days of closures ahead

Manchester electrification ‘accelerating’ after Amey takeover, with 9 days of closures ahead

27.06.18: Network Rail will be closing the railway between Manchester and Preston via Bolton for nine days later this year as it seeks to polish off the much-delayed electrification of the line, which has been blamed for the widespread disruptions across...

Seven innovative schemes chosen in £600k DfT rail accessibility competition

Seven innovative schemes chosen in £600k DfT rail accessibility competition

27.06.18: Seven schemes that plan make use of innovative technology have finally been selected to receive funding in order to support those travelling with disabilities across the rail network. Amongst the government-sponsored programme, originally l...

Four chosen to advise on ORR timetable shake-up investigation ahead of autumn report

Four chosen to advise on ORR timetable shake-up investigation ahead of autumn report

27.06.18: Four transport industry heavyweights have been drafted in as the expert panel of independent advisers for the ORR inquiry into the widespread levels of disruption experienced across the network since May’s controversial timetable shake-up....

TfGM lays bare Northern slump since 2016 franchise refresh, including many broken promises

TfGM lays bare Northern slump since 2016 franchise refresh, including many broken promises

27.06.18: A report set to be presented at a Greater Manchester Combined Authority board meeting this Friday has laid bare the staggering decline in performance across Northern since the franchise changed hands in 2016, including the many promises that wer...

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...

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Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

16/08/2018Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

Spelthorne Borough Council has submitted proposals for a light rail link from Staines-upon-Thames to Heathrow airport to... more >
Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

16/08/2018Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

Network Rail has been given permission to build a new bridleway bridge across the Felixstowe branch which will provide a... more >
Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

16/08/2018Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

Passengers travelling between Leeds and Doncaster, Sheffield, and London were advised to check before they set off this ... 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 >