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Delays to £68m rail line upgrade to keep Norfolk branch line closed

Delays to £68m rail line upgrade to keep Norfolk branch line closed

11.01.19: A Norfolk branch line will remain closer after a major £68m railway upgrade for the line has been delayed. The upgrade project on the line between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft was due to be completed by 31 March, but this dea...

Engineers able to predict and fix track faults before they develop using new Costain augmented reality tech

Engineers able to predict and fix track faults before they develop using new Costain augmented reality tech

11.01.19: Engineers will be able to use augmented reality (AR) to predict failing components and faults on train tracks and in stations after engineering companies, in collaboration with a university, have developed a network of Internet of Things (IoT). ...

One in three train operators failing to pay out compensation on time, according to ORR

One in three train operators failing to pay out compensation on time, according to ORR

10.01.19: Statistics revealing which train operators have failed to pay compensation to passengers on time have been released by the ORR for the first time, revealing that more than one in three companies are failing to meet target response times. Ov...

Rail industry urges policymakers to save Crossrail 2 in wake of major Crossrail delays

Rail industry urges policymakers to save Crossrail 2 in wake of major Crossrail delays

10.01.19: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has urged Crossrail policymakers not to postpone Crossrail 2 after it emerged that there are “thousands of hours of construction work still to be done” on Crossrail. Following discussions a...

£10.6m Horden station gets the green light

£10.6m Horden station gets the green light

09.01.19: Proposals to build a new £10.55m railway station in East Durham by 2020 have been given the go-ahead today after being granted planning permission. Two 100-metre platforms will be built at Horden, near Peterlee, along with a footbridg...

RAIB calls for safety review of Sheffield junction after double tram collision

RAIB calls for safety review of Sheffield junction after double tram collision

09.01.19: The RAIB has called for a safety review after two tram crashes took place at the same Sheffield junction in just six weeks. Investigators have written to Sheffield City Council advising that a “risk-based review” of the junction...

Porterbrook signs supply deal for new rail parcel service

Porterbrook signs supply deal for new rail parcel service

08.01.19: Porterbrook has signed a deal to supply specialist train operator the Rail Operations Group (ROG) with bi-mode FLEX trains to help the group enter the rail postal industry. The derby-based company is the largest owner of passenger trains in...

New hydrogen ‘Breeze’ trains unveiled by Alstom and Eversholt

New hydrogen ‘Breeze’ trains unveiled by Alstom and Eversholt

07.01.19: Hydrogen trains will be introduced in as little as two years after a deal has been struck to convert more than 100 trains into the first fleet powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology. The new trains, to be called “Breeze” train...

Track workers in near-miss with 101mph East Midlands train

Track workers in near-miss with 101mph East Midlands train

04.01.19: Two track workers were nearly hit by a train travelling over 100mph in Bedfordshire, an investigation has revealed. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said two workers “had to jump out of the way” of the approaching E...

Final intercity train sees GWR deliver 10,000 more seats

Final intercity train sees GWR deliver 10,000 more seats

03.01.19: More than 10,000 more train seats have now been made available on the Great Western Railway (GWR) network after the train operator delivered the remainder of the new fleet of Class 800 intercity trains yesterday. Before Christmas GWR took t...

TfL awards £196m contract for Barking Riverside Overground extension

TfL awards £196m contract for Barking Riverside Overground extension

03.01.19: TfL has awarded a £196m contract to build a 4.5km rail extension of the London Overground to Barking Riverside to a joint venture of Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure and VolkerFitzpatrick (MSVF). The overground extensi...

Grayling unveils half-price 16-17-year-old rail discount as millennial railcard goes live

Grayling unveils half-price 16-17-year-old rail discount as millennial railcard goes live

02.01.19: A brand-new rail card offering half price travel for 16- and 17-year olds has been announced on the same day the 26-30 railcard officially goes live across the country. Grayling has unveiled the new railcard, which will benefit over a milli...

Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

20.12.18: In November, the first ever Rail Ombudsman was established in a bid to give passengers a free independent service to allow passengers to claim compensation by appealing unresolved complaints. But how will one of the driving forces behind the new...

Cairngorm funicular report into UK’s highest railway delayed again

Cairngorm funicular report into UK’s highest railway delayed again

20.12.18: The publication of a report into the safety of the UK’s highest railway and its structural issues has been further delayed until 2019. The Cairngorms funicular railway, which carries tourists, skiers, and snowboarders at the CairnGorm...

Network Rail announces winners of multibillion-pound CP6 contracts

Network Rail announces winners of multibillion-pound CP6 contracts

20.12.18: Network Rail has awarded one of its largest deals under CP6, with three companies winning multibillion-pound contracts for both renewals and enhancements for the south of England. The contracts, worth a collective £4.4bn, to deliver r...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transpor... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

22/02/2019Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

Eurostar queues of up to 15,000 passengers could mount up at London’s St Pancras International station in the even... more >
New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

21/02/2019New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in ... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >