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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...

The benefits of aluminium honeycomb to the rail industry

The benefits of aluminium honeycomb to the rail industry

03.09.18: Gillian Haverson, senior marketing executive at Corex Honeycomb, explains how the company’s innovative aluminium honeycomb material is supporting several large-scale rail projects in the UK. Corex Honeycomb has been a trusted manufact...

Network Rail: We have been listening

Network Rail: We have been listening

30.08.18: Network Rail has heard you – and now, it is easier to work with. Mona Sihota, the organisation’s national professional head of asset protection and optimisation (ASPRO), a brand-new role within the company, talks about what’s i...

NR and Southeastern apologise for trains stranded in freezing weather, outline major action plan

NR and Southeastern apologise for trains stranded in freezing weather, outline major action plan

24.08.18: Network Rail and Southeastern have unveiled an action plan on how they plan to respond to major incidents after an independent investigation identified a series of problems with how the two organisations deal with this issue. The investigat...

Hitachi grows production capacity with new £5m building in Newton Aycliffe

Hitachi grows production capacity with new £5m building in Newton Aycliffe

24.08.18: Hitachi’s manufacturing capacity in the UK has further expanded as the Japanese giant opened a new £5m building at its Newton Aycliffe factory, taking total investment in the site to over £100m. The building, named ‘...

Hitachi: Bringing digital to life at InnoTrans

Hitachi: Bringing digital to life at InnoTrans

22.08.18: Rolling stock may steal the spotlight at InnoTrans, but with soaring passenger demand and limited infrastructure, there is more to railways than just adding shiny new trains onto already-crowded networks. Nick Hughes, sales director at Hitachi R...

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

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

20.08.18: The government is inviting companies to take part in a new 5G project on the TransPennine Railway line between Leeds and Manchester. The Trans Pennine Initiative (TPI), part of the government’s Northern Powerhouse plans, aims to test...

New access to York station as part of major brownfield redevelopment plans

New access to York station as part of major brownfield redevelopment plans

14.08.18: New plans including a new access point to York station and the expansion of the National Railway Museum headline groundbreaking proposals of creating 6,500 jobs in the city. A collaborative partnership between Homes England, Network Rail, Y...

Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

13.08.18: Two north-west mayors have called for a freeze on rail fares in the north after national fees on networks are set to rise by 3.5% next year. Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram wrote to trans...

Rail industry to cut the jargon on confusing train tickets

Rail industry to cut the jargon on confusing train tickets

10.08.18: Passengers will soon be reading clear and concise information on their train tickets as part of the industry’s drive to cut rail jargon. Following findings from KPMG that a fifth (22%) of people don’t think it is easy to underst...

TOCs and tech firms team up to develop rail apps from real-time data

TOCs and tech firms team up to develop rail apps from real-time data

09.08.18: TOCs will soon publish more real-time data to allow technology firms to improve travel apps so that passengers can receive more efficient and up-to-date information in the future, the government has announced. The government and the Rail De...

DfT splashes cash on SME innovation projects

DfT splashes cash on SME innovation projects

07.08.18: A third of the DfT’s entire procurement budget will be invested in small and medium enterprises (SMEs), according to a new government announcement. In its SME action plan released yesterday, the department said a third of procurement...

Southend Victoria line to receive 19km of new overhead wires as part of £46m upgrade

Southend Victoria line to receive 19km of new overhead wires as part of £46m upgrade

06.08.18: A total of 19km of new overhead wires will be installed over the Southend Victoria branch line in the coming months as part of Network Rail’s £46m upgrade to replace their current overhead wiring system. Work will begin from 1 S...

Southeastern completes £30m upgrade to a third of its trains

Southeastern completes £30m upgrade to a third of its trains

03.08.18: A £30m, three-year upgrade has been completed by Southeastern in a joint venture with Eversholt Rail and Bombardier to a third of its rolling stock. The revamp will benefit more than 600,000 passengers and comes as the Class...

Disturbing lack of assurance over plans to fix ‘abysmal’ timetable chaos

Disturbing lack of assurance over plans to fix ‘abysmal’ timetable chaos

03.08.18: It is “disturbing” that neither Network Rail nor the transport operators are able to provide reassurance that their plans to improve the “currently abysmal service levels” and deliver promised network improvements after M...

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FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported fai... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks betw... more >
Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

19/10/2018Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has agreed to proceed with a proposed ‘hybrid option’ for timetable chang... 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 >