Rail service improvements and disruptions

TfGM lays bare Northern slump since 2016 franchise refresh, including many broken promises

TfGM lays bare Northern slump since 2016 franchise refresh, including many broken promises

27.06.18: A report set to be presented at a Greater Manchester Combined Authority board meeting this Friday has laid bare the staggering decline in performance across Northern since the franchise changed hands in 2016, including the many promises that wer...

Convention of the North agrees first-ever meeting after weeks of rail chaos

Convention of the North agrees first-ever meeting after weeks of rail chaos

26.06.18: After weeks of widely-reported disruption and delays across the northern rail network, political and business leaders have met up in Newcastle to agree the first official meeting date for the brand-new Convention of the North, which will seek to...

Stations, civils, trains and NPR links: HS2 lays out key milestones for year ahead

Stations, civils, trains and NPR links: HS2 lays out key milestones for year ahead

26.06.18: HS2 Ltd has set out key milestones for this financial year, including defined goals around rolling stock procurement, the Phase 1 business case and Phase 2b designs, station and retail provision, environmental planning, franchise mobilisation, a...

UK’s railways threaten to buckle as temperatures soar

UK’s railways threaten to buckle as temperatures soar

26.06.18: Railways across the country have been marred by delays and cancellations due to railway lines buckling as temperatures are sky-high in the midst of a heatwave hitting the UK this week. During abnormally-high temperatures the steel rails are...

£100m global centre of rail excellence plans in the works for Wales

£100m global centre of rail excellence plans in the works for Wales

25.06.18:   A world-leading rail facility capable of testing current and future train technologies will be opened in Wales, the Welsh Government has announced. Transport secretary Ken Skates unveiled the plans today to create the £100...

Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

22.06.18: The expansion of rail is the “only viable option” to grow UK cities and allow them to achieve their economic potential, a new report has found. The Urban Transport Group (UTG), an organisation which represents the UK’s lar...

Nexus launches engagement process with mobility providers

Nexus launches engagement process with mobility providers

18.06.18: Nexus is launching an engagement exercise aimed at extending the reach of public and sustainable transport in the north east of England. The company provides public transport on behalf of Tyne and Wear local authorities, including owning and op...

Compensation schemes are ‘not optional’, Grayling warns TOCs

Compensation schemes are ‘not optional’, Grayling warns TOCs

15.06.18: Transport secretary Chris Grayling expects passengers to be promptly compensated when they experience delays, he has told train operating companies. Responding to the Which? investigation, suggesting that some franchises have refused to pay com...

ORR launches independent inquiry into timetable chaos

ORR launches independent inquiry into timetable chaos

14.06.18: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has formally launched its independent inquiry into the widespread timetable disruption suffered on the railway since the new timetable was rolled out on last month. Instead of delivering benefits to the rail ne...

‘Still too many’ delays and cancellations, despite interim Northern timetable

‘Still too many’ delays and cancellations, despite interim Northern timetable

14.06.18: The north of England depends on a “resilient and reliable transport network,” Transport for the North (TfN) has said, as rail disruptions rumble on across the region. The comments came as members of the TfN partnership board met in...

Northern leaders warn travel chaos could continue unless TfN handed more powers

Northern leaders warn travel chaos could continue unless TfN handed more powers

13.06.18: Northern business and council leaders have called for the government to grant Transport for the North (TfN) full powers to manage all northern infrastructure. In an open letter published by the Sunday Times, the group warned the government that...

York invites public's views on £100m station revamp

York invites public's views on £100m station revamp

12.06.18: The City of York Council is calling on locals to give their views on a £100m reshaping of the front of York station into a “fitting gateway to the city.” Under the proposals, the current Queen Street Bridge would be remove...

Rail companies are misleading customers over compensation

Rail companies are misleading customers over compensation

11.06.18: Train companies are giving misleading information about compensation, according to research by Which? Despite recent changes to terms and conditions which mean that rail companies should offer compensation for reasonable out of pocket expenses...

Minister promises Northern disruption is a priority as RDG reports improvement

Minister promises Northern disruption is a priority as RDG reports improvement

08.06.18: Northern passengers have experienced “totally unacceptable” service recently, rail minister Jo Johnson admitted yesterday. Meeting with the mayor of Greater Manchester and leaders of Northern and Network Rail, Johnson warned th...

PM urged to intervene in Northern travel misery as inquiry will take too long

PM urged to intervene in Northern travel misery as inquiry will take too long

07.06.18: Theresa May must intervene to fix the travel chaos across the north, Jeremy Corbyn has said. Corbyn’s comments come following timetable changes that unleashed a barrage of disruptions across the north. “The government must take u...

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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 >