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Grayling promises to tackle Northern failures with clear performance plan

Grayling promises to tackle Northern failures with clear performance plan

23.05.18: The government has outlined formal plans to improve the poor-performing Northern Rail, transport secretary Chris Grayling announced today. Improving driver recruitment and ensuring there are enough to cover demand, increasing driver trainin...

Bid to reopen Bristol line rejected by DfT

Bid to reopen Bristol line rejected by DfT

18.05.18: Proposals to fund the re-opening of a Somerset rail line have been halted by the government’s refusal to finance the plans. As part of the MetroWest project, the West of England Combined Authority’s bid for £46.9m was reje...

Welsh trains £200k makeover set to start

Welsh trains £200k makeover set to start

18.05.18: Work begins today on an 18-month programme to modernise fleets of Welsh trains. A £200,000 investment from Arriva Trains Wales (ATW), the Welsh Government, and Transport for Wales will refurbish 120 carriages in the Class 158 and 150...

A year of change for the north

A year of change for the north

18.05.18: Achieving statutory status represents a landmark moment for northern transport and will have an enormous impact on what be achieved over the coming years, says Barry White (pictured, left), chief executive of Transport for the North (TfN). ...

Industry must act now to keep passengers aware of ‘inaccurate’ timetables

Industry must act now to keep passengers aware of ‘inaccurate’ timetables

16.05.18: Transport Focus has pressed the rail industry to do more to warn passengers when timetable changes and engineering works will affect their journeys. At a special public meeting, called by the board of Transport Focus, senior representatives fro...

Edinburgh to Glasgow rail upgrade cost rises by over £100m

Edinburgh to Glasgow rail upgrade cost rises by over £100m

15.05.18: Plans to upgrade one of Scotland’s most popular rail routes have increased in cost by more than £100m. Reports today say that improvements to the Edinburgh to Glasgow line — a move that would make the journey just 42 minut...

TOCs still not doing enough to keep customers informed of timetable changes

TOCs still not doing enough to keep customers informed of timetable changes

11.05.18: Train companies urgently need to improve how they keep passengers informed about train timetable changes, the ORR has said in a letter sent to TOCs today. Back in February, Network Rail announced it was unable to confirm finalised timetable...

Wolverhampton subway closed as station gears up for £130m makeover

Wolverhampton subway closed as station gears up for £130m makeover

11.05.18: Wolverhampton station’s pedestrian subway will be closed later this month for over a year as part of plans to develop a new station building. Plans to demolish the current station and build a new one adjacent to it will commence in tw...

Digital Railway strategy sets out major upgrade targets for next 15 years  

Digital Railway strategy sets out major upgrade targets for next 15 years  

10.05.18: Transport secretary Chris Grayling and Network Rail boss Mark Carne will today convene in York to launch the much-anticipated Digital Railway Strategy, which will confirm that the industry will benefit from “a plan, impetus and the funding...

CAF opens new storage and train overhaul facility in Manchester

CAF opens new storage and train overhaul facility in Manchester

09.05.18: CAF Rail UK has opened a new multi-purpose component overhaul and storage facility in Stockport to support its growing operations in the UK. Half of the unit will hold spare parts to service existing and future UK contracts and will supply...

First stage of Stirling electrification to wrap up this month

First stage of Stirling electrification to wrap up this month

09.05.18: The first stage of the Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa electrification project is set for completion this month, the ScotRail Alliance has announced. The first section to be electrified as part of the electrification project covers 26 single track...

ScotRail faces record fines over ‘disappointing’ passenger service failures

ScotRail faces record fines over ‘disappointing’ passenger service failures

08.05.18: ScotRail is facing record-high fines after multiple failures to hit performance targets set by Transport Scotland. Figures released on 4 May as part of Transport Scotland’s quarterly statistics called the Service Quality Incentive Reg...

OLE upgrades complete at Anglia as part of £46m transformation

OLE upgrades complete at Anglia as part of £46m transformation

08.05.18: Network Rail has completed the installation of 4km of overhead wire between Billericay and Wickford, meaning better railway between Southend, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. The improvements, made over the bank holiday weekend, are part of the...

Infrarail draws to a close after bustling three days of innovation-sharing

Infrarail draws to a close after bustling three days of innovation-sharing

04.05.18: This year’s edition of Infrarail has drawn to a close after three bustling days of activity, including keynote speeches from high-profile industry leaders, a varied programme of technical seminars, major project updates and plenty of netwo...

Southend to undergo rail makeover

Southend to undergo rail makeover

04.05.18: Passengers of the Southend Victoria Branch line are set to benefit from improved services as part of a £46m investment plan from Network Rail. The work is part of the government-backed rail network’s improvement to reliability a...

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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 >