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HS2 partnership looks to deliver ‘once in a generation’ opportunity at Toton hub site

HS2 partnership looks to deliver ‘once in a generation’ opportunity at Toton hub site

18.10.18: Nottingham County Council has agreed to go into partnership with a regeneration specialist to prepare the region for the new East Midlands HS2 station. Nottinghamshire’s selection as the location of the East Midlands HS2 rail hub offe...

Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottleneck in UK

Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottleneck in UK

17.10.18: Network Rail has announced a public consultation into proposals for a major rail upgrade to the ‘Croydon bottleneck’ on the Brighton Main Line, known as Britain’s worst railway bottle-neck. The public has been invited to g...

Britain’s worst railway stations for delays and cancellations revealed

Britain’s worst railway stations for delays and cancellations revealed

16.10.18: The worst railway stations in the UK for late trains and cancellations have been revealed, with ten of the busiest seeing over half of all services delayed to some extent this year. A survey from Which? found that Manchester Oxford Road sta...

Electrification to Bristol Parkway takes one step closer as more upgrades completed

Electrification to Bristol Parkway takes one step closer as more upgrades completed

15.10.18: Completion of electrification of lines on the Bristol Parkway route have taken one step closer today following further upgrades by Network Rail. Engineers installed overhead line equipment (OLE), used to hold wires for electrification, allo...

Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

12.10.18: Rail commuters could continue to face disruption until major changes are made to the rail franchising system in 2020, following the transport secretary’s speech to MPs yesterday. Chris Grayling said he “can’t stand by&rdqu...

TransCityRail 2018: Signalling the future

TransCityRail 2018: Signalling the future

09.10.18: On Thursday, Manchester’s world-famous Principal Hotel played host to the industry’s biggest leaders, decision-makers, and (t)railblazers at the fifth iteration of TransCityRail, in a celebration of the progression of the industry in...

TransCityRail: Top 10 Tweets

TransCityRail: Top 10 Tweets

09.10.18: On Thursday we held our annual rail event focused on driving innovation in the rail industry in the north, TransCityRail (TCR). It was a conference jam-packed with industry leaders and decision-makers, all working in tandem in advancing the cohe...

Burnham: The north needs to move to ‘front of the queue’ for transport investment

Burnham: The north needs to move to ‘front of the queue’ for transport investment

08.10.18: The mayor of Greater Manchester has said that the north of England needs to move to “the front of the queue” for prioritisation of transport investment in order to take advantage of investment in the region. Speaking exclusively...

Rail passengers to receive faster compensation in new ‘one click’ repayment plans

Rail passengers to receive faster compensation in new ‘one click’ repayment plans

01.10.18: Passengers should soon be able to claim compensation for delayed trains more quickly and efficiently following the government’s announcement of a new ‘one click’ automated claims system. The compensation system, available...

£200m investment to upgrade railway in Derby enters final week

£200m investment to upgrade railway in Derby enters final week

01.10.18: Network Rail’s £200m project to upgrade Derby’s railway has entered its final week. Engineering work on the Midland Main Line will end early morning on 8 October, marking the completion of the Derby Resignalling Proje...

Almost a third of passengers fail to claim rail compensation because it was not worth hassle

Almost a third of passengers fail to claim rail compensation because it was not worth hassle

01.10.18: Almost a third of passengers fail to claim compensation for rail delays because it was not worth the effort for the amount they would get back, a new report has found. A massive 31% of passengers who were aware of their eligibility for comp...

Transport for the North and Midlands Connect join forces in new MoU

Transport for the North and Midlands Connect join forces in new MoU

27.09.18: Transport bodies Midlands Connect and Transport for the North (TfN) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to commit to working together more closely to balancing the UK economy. Midlands Connect’s Maria Machancoses and...

Plans unveiled for Birmingham’s future rail stations

Plans unveiled for Birmingham’s future rail stations

26.09.18: Station plans and artists impressions have been unveiled for new railway stations in Birmingham which will form part of the reopening of the Camp Hill Line. Stations in Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell are the first of several on the line...

ScotRail announces £13m investment to combat autumn weather

ScotRail announces £13m investment to combat autumn weather

26.09.18: ScotRail is investing over £13m in order to combat autumn conditions this year and prevent delays. ScotRail Alliance’s new autumn campaign will see a fleet of specialist trains deployed to clear debris and spray lines with a glu...

£18.75m Halton Curve project delayed a further six months

£18.75m Halton Curve project delayed a further six months

25.09.18: The launch of an upgraded rail line connecting Chester and Liverpool has been delayed until May, with one local MP claiming that the pushback is a result of a lack of trains for the project. The Halton Curve project, worth £18.75m, wa...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Pr... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. ... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >