Rail service improvements and disruptions

‘Essential’ Brighton Main Line upgrade to kick off in October 2018

‘Essential’ Brighton Main Line upgrade to kick off in October 2018

11.01.18: Major improvement works to the Brighton Main Line will be delivered towards the end of 2018 and early 2019, it was announced today. The upgrade to the southern end of the line is part of a £300m programme to tackle delays for commuter...

Dudley council looking to develop £25m ‘very light rail’ innovation hub

Dudley council looking to develop £25m ‘very light rail’ innovation hub

08.01.18: Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council have put forward a planning application on proposals to build a £25m ‘very light rail’ innovation hub. The facility will be aimed at the development of new very light rail technology as...

Work to begin on £8.6m project at ‘critical’ Newcastle station

Work to begin on £8.6m project at ‘critical’ Newcastle station

03.01.18: An £8.6m project to upgrade points at Newcastle station is set to begin this Saturday. Network Rail said the station was a “critical part” of the network and that the work was “absolutely essential,” despite an...

Services return between London and Carlisle following upgrade

Services return between London and Carlisle following upgrade

03.01.18: A series of track and signalling upgrades has been completed between London Euston and Carlisle, allowing the line to fully reopen. Network Rail (NR) closed sections of track between the two stations as engineers completed track renewals, s...

London Bridge opens ‘huge’ new concourse following Christmas works

London Bridge opens ‘huge’ new concourse following Christmas works

02.01.18: London Bridge station has reopened today following 10 days of major engineering work. The final section of the station’s large new concourse and its final five platforms have opened for the first time, allowing Cannon Street trains to res...

Government pledges to ‘futureproof’ Britain’s railways as it prepares for 5G

Government pledges to ‘futureproof’ Britain’s railways as it prepares for 5G

02.01.18: Rail passengers could see a dramatic improvement to onboard mobile and Wi-Fi connections, according to the government’s ambitious 5G Strategy. The rapid growth of mobile data requirements means that passengers expect high quality, reliabl...

Most machines still not offering cheapest option a year after DfT action plan

Most machines still not offering cheapest option a year after DfT action plan

21.12.17: A huge majority of ticket machines in Britain still do not inform passengers about cheaper off-peak tickets even though the government set out to target the issue specifically more than a year ago. After producing the rail fares and ticketi...

Timely information essential if passengers are to tolerate disruptions

Timely information essential if passengers are to tolerate disruptions

18.12.17: Passengers are understanding about disruptions caused by railway maintenance so long as they are given the right help and information, a report has said today. Transport Focus’s report, ‘Routine railway maintenance: passenger perspe...

TfL launches 24-7 London Overground services

TfL launches 24-7 London Overground services

15.12.17: TfL has officially launched night services for the London Overground, meaning trains will travel 24/7 from today. London mayor Sadiq Khan welcomed the announcement, which signals the beginning of services between Dalston Junction and New Cr...

Burnham announces major Greater Manchester transport overhaul

Burnham announces major Greater Manchester transport overhaul

14.12.17: The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has announced a major overhaul of the region’s transport network. Burnham said problems with transport in the north could “no longer be ignored” and announced the creation of...

ScotRail Class 380s run as first electric trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow

ScotRail Class 380s run as first electric trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow

12.12.17: Class 380s have made history as the first electric trains to run between Edinburgh and Glasgow in preparation for the Class 385s next year – which, as ScotRail Alliance boss Alex Hynes told RTM, were slightly pushed back as part of a neces...

Solar panels could provide ‘significant amount’ of UK’s future rail power

Solar panels could provide ‘significant amount’ of UK’s future rail power

11.12.17: Solar panels could meet a significant amount of the energy needs for future electric trains, according to a new report. Research from Imperial College London’s Energy Futures Lab and climate change charity 10:10 found that connecting...

First passenger train runs across historic Ordsall Chord

First passenger train runs across historic Ordsall Chord

11.12.17: The first passenger train has travelled across the iconic Ordsall Chord. The 08:40 Northern service departed from Victoria station to Oxford Road, then back to Victoria before going on to Leeds on Sunday morning. The historic centre piece of...

Network Rail close to completing £9.5m Shoreham Viaduct upgrade

Network Rail close to completing £9.5m Shoreham Viaduct upgrade

06.12.17: Major upgrade work on the Shoreham Viaduct in Sussex is set to be completed at Christmas. The viaduct, which crosses the River Adur, has undergone strengthening work, and has also been painted and repaired in places as part of a £9.5m...

Thameslink certain that infrastructure will finish on time despite project delays

Thameslink certain that infrastructure will finish on time despite project delays

05.12.17: The director behind the Thameslink Programme has today defended the project and reassured passengers that the infrastructure will be completed to schedule, despite the roll-out of other parts of the project being delayed. In an exclusive in...

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TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

21/06/2018TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and US... more >
Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

20/06/2018Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

Rail companies have come together to launch a long-term plan for the railway in south east London and Kent. The region&... more >
Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

20/06/2018Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

Department for Transport officials and ministers were warned about Northern Rail chaos two years ago, but saw some key r... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

rail industry focus

  • 22/05/2018How two-way radio can boost worker safety

    ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Brentwood Communications explains why two-way radio technology remains the first-choice workplace tool across all industries, especially in one as...
  • 05/04/2018UKRIA 2018: NTAR’s response

    Below is a letter from Simon Rennie, general manager at the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), regarding the UK Rail Industry Awards 2018.   I am writing to...
  • 08/12/2017A game changer for Midland Metro

    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the latest projects taking place across the growing Midland Metro network. The expansion of...
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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 >