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Rail: significantly larger than previously thought

Rail: significantly larger than previously thought

01.05.18: Darren Caplan, chief executive at the Railway Industry Association (RIA), reports on a recent study which revealed that the rail industry contributes significantly more to UK plc than previously imagined. The RIA and a number of its members...

How Northern Powerhouse Rail is gaining momentum

How Northern Powerhouse Rail is gaining momentum

01.05.18: There has already been great progress in developing and improving pan-northern transport, but future prospects for growth will be even more transformational, argues Henri Murison, director of Northern Powerhouse Partnership. Commuters strug...

Rail freight chiefs will have a say in passenger consultations

Rail freight chiefs will have a say in passenger consultations

01.05.18: Bosses of freight companies around the U.K will be permitted to offer their opinions during passenger consultations in an effort to promote a positive relationship between freight operators and the public, a government transport chief has said. ...

Rail boss signals for 24-hour trains running across UK in the future

Rail boss signals for 24-hour trains running across UK in the future

01.05.18: The nation’s railways could soon be running for 24-hours a day, according to the head of Network Rail. In an interview with The Times, Mark Carne, who plans to stand down as chief executive of the government-funded company in the summ...

HS1 considers new London-Bordeaux link within two years

HS1 considers new London-Bordeaux link within two years

30.04.18: Infrastructure operators have today met to discuss and plan for a groundbreaking transport link which could connect London and Bordeaux in under five hours within two years. HS1 Ltd, the owner and operator of the nation’s High Speed 1...

Alloa line reopens after electrification works

Alloa line reopens after electrification works

17.04.18: The Alloa line has reopened following the completion of a multi-million pound upgrade project to prepare the line for electric trains. The work, which lasted four weeks, is part of a Scottish government-funded programme to electrify lines throu...

Blackpool to Preston route to reopen after major 5-month transformation

Blackpool to Preston route to reopen after major 5-month transformation

13.04.18: Train services between Blackpool North and Preston are to be reintroduced at the start of next week following completion of the route upgrade. Lasting 22 weeks, the works, carried out as part of the multibillion-pound Great North Rail Project...

Services disrupted after landslip throws up 100 tonnes of debris on Surrey track

Services disrupted after landslip throws up 100 tonnes of debris on Surrey track

13.04.18: Southern Rail services have been disrupted following a major landslip last night. The landslip, between Horsham and Dorking, has resulted in all lines between these statins being blocked, and so trains have been cancelled in all directions, wit...

Suppliers invited to challenge ‘rigorous’ NR standards for incentives

Suppliers invited to challenge ‘rigorous’ NR standards for incentives

13.04.18: Network Rail is encouraging contractors, suppliers and stakeholders to propose changes to its standards, or the detailed requirements that underpin how the railway and improvement projects are run and delivered – all in exchange for incent...

RSSB grants deal for research into knock-on train delays

RSSB grants deal for research into knock-on train delays

10.04.18: City, University of London’s Geographical Information Centre (giCentre) has been awarded a 12-month contract by the RSSB to look at knock-on train delays with Great Western Railway (GWR). Dr Aidan Slingsby and Dr Cagatay Turkey, data visu...

Funding given to suspension system to reduce track and wheel wear

Funding given to suspension system to reduce track and wheel wear

06.04.18: Funding has been granted to Liebherr-Transportation Systems, Grand Central Rail and NewRail to develop a new suspension system for reducing wheel and track wear. RSSB has provided funding for the Active Radial Suspension System (ARSS), which us...

Repairs needed after landslip causes extensive damage to Yorkshire tunnel

Repairs needed after landslip causes extensive damage to Yorkshire tunnel

06.04.18: Work is underway to repair Springs Tunnel after a landslip caused extensive damage to the structure. On 3 April, the driver of a Northern train reported seeing a tree perched “precariously” over the southern portal to the tunnel, so...

Grayling ‘knew vital bi-mode tech didn’t exist’ when he scrapped electrification schemes

Grayling ‘knew vital bi-mode tech didn’t exist’ when he scrapped electrification schemes

04.04.18: A damning report into the cancellation of three rail electrification projects has been labelled “deeply frustrating” by the Commons Transport Committee. The report, by the National Audit Office (NAO), details an investigation into w...

NR set to reach major Shotts electrification milestone over Easter

NR set to reach major Shotts electrification milestone over Easter

26.03.18: Network Rail will reach a major milestone on the Shotts electrification programme this Easter as it looks to deliver a £2m programme of upgrades. The closure of the West Coast Main Line will give engineers time to ‘tie-in’...

West of England to get £9.45bn economic boost from new rail partnership plan

West of England to get £9.45bn economic boost from new rail partnership plan

21.03.18: Rail companies across the west of England have set out a long-term plan for the region’s railway, which will boost the economy by £9.45bn. The plan, called ‘In partnership for Britain’s prosperity - the west of England,&...

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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 >