Rail service improvements and disruptions

ORR launches independent inquiry into timetable chaos

ORR launches independent inquiry into timetable chaos

14.06.18: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has formally launched its independent inquiry into the widespread timetable disruption suffered on the railway since the new timetable was rolled out on last month. Instead of delivering benefits to the rail ne...

‘Still too many’ delays and cancellations, despite interim Northern timetable

‘Still too many’ delays and cancellations, despite interim Northern timetable

14.06.18: The north of England depends on a “resilient and reliable transport network,” Transport for the North (TfN) has said, as rail disruptions rumble on across the region. The comments came as members of the TfN partnership board met in...

Northern leaders warn travel chaos could continue unless TfN handed more powers

Northern leaders warn travel chaos could continue unless TfN handed more powers

13.06.18: Northern business and council leaders have called for the government to grant Transport for the North (TfN) full powers to manage all northern infrastructure. In an open letter published by the Sunday Times, the group warned the government that...

York invites public's views on £100m station revamp

York invites public's views on £100m station revamp

12.06.18: The City of York Council is calling on locals to give their views on a £100m reshaping of the front of York station into a “fitting gateway to the city.” Under the proposals, the current Queen Street Bridge would be remove...

Rail companies are misleading customers over compensation

Rail companies are misleading customers over compensation

11.06.18: Train companies are giving misleading information about compensation, according to research by Which? Despite recent changes to terms and conditions which mean that rail companies should offer compensation for reasonable out of pocket expenses...

Minister promises Northern disruption is a priority as RDG reports improvement

Minister promises Northern disruption is a priority as RDG reports improvement

08.06.18: Northern passengers have experienced “totally unacceptable” service recently, rail minister Jo Johnson admitted yesterday. Meeting with the mayor of Greater Manchester and leaders of Northern and Network Rail, Johnson warned th...

PM urged to intervene in Northern travel misery as inquiry will take too long

PM urged to intervene in Northern travel misery as inquiry will take too long

07.06.18: Theresa May must intervene to fix the travel chaos across the north, Jeremy Corbyn has said. Corbyn’s comments come following timetable changes that unleashed a barrage of disruptions across the north. “The government must take u...

Proposals put forward to WYCA for HS2 testing facility and station refurb

Proposals put forward to WYCA for HS2 testing facility and station refurb

06.06.18: Proposals have been made to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) Investment Committee to back new schemes that will create an HS2 testing facility, renovated station plans and a new rail park & ride scheme in the area. The plans...

Grayling speech: inquiry launched, passengers to receive compensation

Grayling speech: inquiry launched, passengers to receive compensation

05.06.18: The transport secretary will launch an official inquiry into the ongoing debacle that is the disruptions caused by new timetable implementations around the country, and announced passengers affected by disruptions will receive compensation. ...

Disruption updates: Burnham calls for compensation, MPs write to Grayling

Disruption updates: Burnham calls for compensation, MPs write to Grayling

04.06.18: The former shadow health secretary has called for Northern Rail users to receive a temporary fare cut and a “substantial offer of compensation” if they were affected by the disrupted implementation of the new timetables last month. ...

Rail chaos: Burnham claims Grayling is ‘asleep at the wheel’, rail operators apologise

Rail chaos: Burnham claims Grayling is ‘asleep at the wheel’, rail operators apologise

01.06.18: The mayor of Greater Manchester has argued that rail passengers are having their lives turned upside down by the major failures of implementing a new timetable in operators across the country. Labour’s Andy Burnham argued that things...

Grayling blasts timetable changes, says industry ‘failed passengers’

Grayling blasts timetable changes, says industry ‘failed passengers’

30.05.18: The rail industry has “collectively failed” passengers due to the chaos caused implementing timetable changes across the country, the transport secretary has said. Writing to MPs, Chris Grayling promised to rectify the “wh...

Over 3km of oldest overhead wire replaced over bank holiday

Over 3km of oldest overhead wire replaced over bank holiday

30.05.18: Over 3km of overhead wire between Ilford and Maryland has been installed over the bank holiday weekend. The upgrades form part of the £250m programme to upgrade the overhead wiring system between Chelmsford and London Liverpool Street. ...

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. ...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 tr... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the... 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 >