Rail service improvements and disruptions

NR set to reach major Shotts electrification milestone over Easter

NR set to reach major Shotts electrification milestone over Easter

26.03.18: Network Rail will reach a major milestone on the Shotts electrification programme this Easter as it looks to deliver a £2m programme of upgrades. The closure of the West Coast Main Line will give engineers time to ‘tie-in’...

West of England to get £9.45bn economic boost from new rail partnership plan

West of England to get £9.45bn economic boost from new rail partnership plan

21.03.18: Rail companies across the west of England have set out a long-term plan for the region’s railway, which will boost the economy by £9.45bn. The plan, called ‘In partnership for Britain’s prosperity - the west of England,&...

Work begins to tackle drainage of one of country’s longest rail tunnels 

Work begins to tackle drainage of one of country’s longest rail tunnels 

19.03.18: Network Rail has confirmed a major programme of work to upgrade the Sevenoaks tunnel and the railway running through it. Leaks and poor drainage have been a major issue for the Victorian tunnel since its construction, and as a result, wate...

Lime Street services to make temporary comeback this summer

Lime Street services to make temporary comeback this summer

15.03.18: Network Rail has confirmed that it will continue to run a number of train services in and out of Liverpool Lime Street station during this summer’s upgrade works. The majority of services will start and end at Liverpool South Parkway so t...

Rail must do more to support local communities, economies and environment, experts warn

Rail must do more to support local communities, economies and environment, experts warn

09.03.18: The rail industry could do more to support communities, local economies and the environment, a new report has found. The report, ‘Ensuring a sustainable rail industry,’ produced by think tank Tracks, says that the rail industry coul...

Operators hit by clampdown on ‘misleading’ compensation rules

Operators hit by clampdown on ‘misleading’ compensation rules

08.03.18: Train operators are set to rewrite the rules around compensation after a flurry of complaints about “misleading” terms and conditions. The changes surround the issue of ‘consequential loss,’ a term which refers to ad...

Government announces £3bn upgrades to TransPennine route

Government announces £3bn upgrades to TransPennine route

05.03.18: A £3bn programme of upgrades to the TransPennine route is expected to begin in spring 2019, Chris Grayling has announced. Speaking at the Transport for the Northern Powerhouse conference in Leeds last Friday, the transport secretary said...

Concerns over TOC compensation payments as ‘beast from the east’ causes transport chaos

Concerns over TOC compensation payments as ‘beast from the east’ causes transport chaos

28.02.18: Train operators have been criticised for benefitting from cancellations and delays as the “beast from the east” wreaks havoc across the UK. Network Rail has paid over £2bn in compensation to rail operators following delays and...

One railway: Connecting the nation

One railway: Connecting the nation

27.02.18: Gordon Wakeford, industry chair of the Rail Supply Group (RSG), outlines the organisation’s work over the past few months as part of its ambition to deliver a world-leading transport network. Back in July, the RSG and the Rail Deliver...

The future of rail surveying

The future of rail surveying

27.02.18: Experts from The Survey Association (TSA) report on the main debates to take away from the organisation’s annual conference, all of which revolved around the future of surveying in the context of a changing industry. Geospatial techno...

Array of Thameslink failures mean there are ‘critical tests looming’ for HS2

Array of Thameslink failures mean there are ‘critical tests looming’ for HS2

23.02.18: Despite its progress, the Thameslink Programme still faces substantial challenges that must be addressed to ensure successful delivery – and its many issues so far, including higher costs and delayed targets, have served to illustrate how...

‘Groundbreaking’ UKRRIN partnership officially launched

‘Groundbreaking’ UKRRIN partnership officially launched

21.02.18: A “groundbreaking” partnership between the rail industry and universities has officially been launched this week. The partnership, the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN), will see the rail industry and eight universit...

First direct London-Amsterdam service marks ‘exciting new chapter’ for Eurostar

First direct London-Amsterdam service marks ‘exciting new chapter’ for Eurostar

20.02.18: The first ever direct Eurostar service from London to Amsterdam left London St Pancras International today, marking a landmark moment for rail travel between the UK and mainland Europe. A service left at 08.31 this morning, and will take ju...

Long-awaited Hope Valley Line plans given the green light

Long-awaited Hope Valley Line plans given the green light

14.02.18: Plans for a scheme aiming to reduce delays and improve reliability for trains on the congested Sheffield to Manchester route have been given the green light. Transport secretary Chris Grayling has approved the granting of the Transport and...

Eurostar commits to green power by 2030

Eurostar commits to green power by 2030

09.02.18: Eurostar has this week confirmed its commitment to have complete replacements for fossil fuels within the next 12 years. In the company’s ‘Tread Lightly 10-point plan,’ it set out a range of promises which it would be work...

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TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

21/06/2018TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and US... more >
Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

20/06/2018Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

Rail companies have come together to launch a long-term plan for the railway in south east London and Kent. The region&... more >
Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

20/06/2018Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

Department for Transport officials and ministers were warned about Northern Rail chaos two years ago, but saw some key r... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

rail industry focus

  • 22/05/2018How two-way radio can boost worker safety

    ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Brentwood Communications explains why two-way radio technology remains the first-choice workplace tool across all industries, especially in one as...
  • 05/04/2018UKRIA 2018: NTAR’s response

    Below is a letter from Simon Rennie, general manager at the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), regarding the UK Rail Industry Awards 2018.   I am writing to...
  • 08/12/2017A game changer for Midland Metro

    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the latest projects taking place across the growing Midland Metro network. The expansion of...
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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 >