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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...

Deliver NPR by 2032 and invest £100bn in northern transport by 2050, MPs demand

Deliver NPR by 2032 and invest £100bn in northern transport by 2050, MPs demand

02.08.18: A cross-party group of MPs have written to the chancellor calling for £100bn of investment to transform the north of England’s transport by 2050. The letter welcomed the Treasury’s “ongoing commitment to deal with th...

TfWM partners up with another TOC in race for ‘as many deals as possible’

TfWM partners up with another TOC in race for ‘as many deals as possible’

02.08.18: As part of its ambition to team up with as many operators as possible in order to “revolutionise” the rail network, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has signed a brand-new partnership deal with Virgin Trains and West Midlands Rail...

Liverpool Lime Street opens its doors after eight-week revamp

Liverpool Lime Street opens its doors after eight-week revamp

01.08.18: Liverpool Lime Street station has resumed services following its successful upgrade over the past eight weeks. As part of the Great North Rail Project, which focussed on creating track and train improvements, around 3km of track has been up...

Grayling backed by May as Northern’s reinstalled timetables falter

Grayling backed by May as Northern’s reinstalled timetables falter

31.07.18: Passengers using Northern Rail services were once again left frustrated this morning when Northern’s planned reintroduction of timetables was marred with delays and cancellations. Northern announced the reintroduction of three quarter...

Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31.07.18: As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the watchdog’s crucial involvement in helping to shape the programme since its early days. The...

Groundbreaking ‘HS4Air’ line proposed, slashing Heathrow to Gatwick travel to just 15 minutes

Groundbreaking ‘HS4Air’ line proposed, slashing Heathrow to Gatwick travel to just 15 minutes

27.07.18: Passengers could connect from Heathrow to Gatwick in just 15 minutes with new £10bn plans to create a high-speed HS4 line. Proposals developed by engineering consultants Expedition say that “HS4Air” (High Speed for Air) wi...

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...

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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

22/10/2018Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

The Thameslink programme at Network Rail’s latest project pledges to drive innovation and make commuters’ li... more >
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 >

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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 >