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Creating a single independent role for timetable sign-offs would not be achievable, says Gibb

Creating a single independent role for timetable sign-offs would not be achievable, says Gibb

13.07.18: Appointing someone responsible for ultimately signing off timetable changes across the network – and for being vocal when planned reforms are too heroic and should be reconsidered or delayed – would not be achievable, Chris Gibb has...

Timetable chaos: Rail industry ‘lacks courage’ to say no to impossible demands

Timetable chaos: Rail industry ‘lacks courage’ to say no to impossible demands

13.07.18: The rail industry needs to pluck up the courage to say no to others instead of trying to accommodate every single stakeholder demand – and then failing to deliver on these expectations, rail veteran Chris Gibb has said. Gibb, who chai...

Trains on the Manchester-Preston line will not be electrified until 2019

Trains on the Manchester-Preston line will not be electrified until 2019

11.07.18: Article by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine Northern has announced it will not be electrifying the Manchester - Preston line until 2019. Its decision was finalised after the announcement of the timetable changes in December. ...

Progress for passengers but more improvement needed, ORR say

Progress for passengers but more improvement needed, ORR say

09.07.18: Good progress has been made in customer service along the railways, but more improvement is needed with harder work form the industry, a consumer group of the ORR has said. In a report from Consumers, Stephanie Tobyn, deputy director, said...

Major TOCs including Northern and GTR scrap plans for winter timetables

Major TOCs including Northern and GTR scrap plans for winter timetables

09.07.18: Winter timetable changes for some major TOCs have been cancelled to prevent disruption similar to the May chaos marred by delays and cancellations. Every year, the national timetable is routinely changed in order to adapt to seasonal change...

State-of-the-art Dundee station opened after 20 years of planning

State-of-the-art Dundee station opened after 20 years of planning

09.07.18: Article written by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine Dundee station opens its doors to the public after 20 years of planning and development. Located on the western edge of Dundee’s central waterfront, the £38m develo...

Timetable chaos: Strong and stable?

Timetable chaos: Strong and stable?

03.07.18: David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, paints a stark picture of the considerable human impact of delays across London and the north – even before the full extent of the crisis becomes known. The current timetable chaos on Tha...

Trains still running late despite emergency timetables in operation

Trains still running late despite emergency timetables in operation

03.07.18: Trains are continuing to run late despite TOCs running timetables on ‘emergency’ fixtures, new figures show. Data released by Network Rail’s public performance measure (PPM) shows the percentage of trains which arrive...

GTR could lose its franchise if services don’t improve after new timetable

GTR could lose its franchise if services don’t improve after new timetable

02.07.18: Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is at risk of losing its franchise if it fails to improve the slumping performance across its services since late May’s timetable shake-up, which led to a string of cancellations and delays. The BBC rece...

Balfour Beatty launches new Rail Innovation Centre to advance digital railway

Balfour Beatty launches new Rail Innovation Centre to advance digital railway

29.06.18: Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has opened a new rail innovation centre in Derby today. The Raynesway facility in Derbyshire, in combination with offices at York and Matlock, will employ over 150 staff members with expertise and knowled...

Electrification schemes must be put back in the pipeline after ‘less than candid’ DfT approach

Electrification schemes must be put back in the pipeline after ‘less than candid’ DfT approach

29.06.18: The electrification schemes cancelled by transport secretary Chris Grayling last year should be recategorised as pending and placed in the Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline (RNEP) for further development and design work in order to find ways to...

MPs: Efforts to rebalance rail investment must be mandatory, not an afterthought

MPs: Efforts to rebalance rail investment must be mandatory, not an afterthought

29.06.18: The Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine will “struggle to live up to their names” if the government continues to prioritise rail investment in London despite decades of underinvestment elsewhere, MPs have said in a new report...

Manchester electrification ‘accelerating’ after Amey takeover, with 9 days of closures ahead

Manchester electrification ‘accelerating’ after Amey takeover, with 9 days of closures ahead

27.06.18: Network Rail will be closing the railway between Manchester and Preston via Bolton for nine days later this year as it seeks to polish off the much-delayed electrification of the line, which has been blamed for the widespread disruptions across...

Seven innovative schemes chosen in £600k DfT rail accessibility competition

Seven innovative schemes chosen in £600k DfT rail accessibility competition

27.06.18: Seven schemes that plan make use of innovative technology have finally been selected to receive funding in order to support those travelling with disabilities across the rail network. Amongst the government-sponsored programme, originally l...

Four chosen to advise on ORR timetable shake-up investigation ahead of autumn report

Four chosen to advise on ORR timetable shake-up investigation ahead of autumn report

27.06.18: Four transport industry heavyweights have been drafted in as the expert panel of independent advisers for the ORR inquiry into the widespread levels of disruption experienced across the network since May’s controversial timetable shake-up....

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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

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FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

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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 >