Rail service improvements and disruptions

Better rail links needed to meet aviation demand – Airports Commission

Better rail links needed to meet aviation demand – Airports Commission

17.12.13: The Airports Commission’s interim report includes recommendations to improve rail links to Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. The government should work on developing proposals to improve the rail link between London and Stansted, provid...

Oxford-Cambridge Varsity Line reopening proposals gather steam

Oxford-Cambridge Varsity Line reopening proposals gather steam

12.12.13: The Varsity Line between Oxford and Cambridge could be reopened after nearly 50 years, as the government looks to extend the East West Rail link, the western section of which is already funded and approved. The line was closed due to a lack...

EMT cuts London journey times

EMT cuts London journey times

09.12.13: Faster journeys to London have been launched today by East Midlands Trains (EMT), with the average service now taking 2 hours and 10 minutes. The fastest train to London has been cut by six minutes. The new timetable has been facilitated by...

Lines reopen after storm batters rail network

Lines reopen after storm batters rail network

06.12.13: Trains across Scotland stopped completely yesterday and much of the network across the north was severely disrupted as a storm hit the UK. Trees and debris on the West Coast Main Line led to cancellations and delays across the country, with...

Storm forces closure of Scotland’s entire rail network

Storm forces closure of Scotland’s entire rail network

05.12.13: There is serious disruption to train services due to stormy weather today, especially in Scotland where Network Rail has closed the entire network. It blamed “the huge amount of debris – trampolines, hay bales, trees – on...

Overhead line object causes major damage to London Midland trains

Overhead line object causes major damage to London Midland trains

28.11.13: An object on a train line caused over £225,000 worth of damage to two London Midlands trains, the operator has announced. The example shows how a simple object can lead to huge costs and significant delays. The object was on the...

Airport makes the case for Crossrail 2

Airport makes the case for Crossrail 2

22.11.13: Crossrail 2 could bring significant connectivity benefits to passengers travelling to and from Stansted Airport, London First has stated. Speaking at Stansted Airport’s 13th Transport Forum, director of infrastructure David Leam (pict...

Direct Shrewsbury-London services confirmed

Direct Shrewsbury-London services confirmed

14.11.13: Direct services from Shrewsbury to London will be restored from May, the ORR has said, despite earlier rejections of Virgin’s applications. Shrewsbury lost its direct services to the capital when the Wrexham & Shropshire open acce...

Faster journey times for East Midlands Trains after 125mph upgrade

Faster journey times for East Midlands Trains after 125mph upgrade

12.11.13: A £70m line speed improvement scheme will soon cut journey times for passengers travelling from the east Midlands to London. East Midlands Trains (EMT) will launch a new timetable on 9 December as trains will be able to run at 125mph...

‘Norwich in Ninety’ taskforce launched

‘Norwich in Ninety’ taskforce launched

08.11.13: A new taskforce has been launched to speed up journey times to East Anglia, the government has announced. Network Rail professionals, DfT officials and local MPs will make up the taskforce. ‘Norwich in Ninety’ will look to cut s...

RSSB launches traffic management innovation challenges

RSSB launches traffic management innovation challenges

06.11.13: A new open innovation programme has been launched by the RSSB and 100%Open. The Future Traffic Regulation Optimisation (FuTRO) programme aims to develop traffic management to deliver capacity and reliability on the network. The programme in...

Major rail disruption across the south due to storm

Major rail disruption across the south due to storm

28.10.13: The stormy weather across southern England and Wales has been causing havoc with rail services. Many services across the country are cancelled and there have been more than 100 fallen trees on lines. Network Rail said the damage was “...

‘Compelling’ business case for Leeds-York electrification

‘Compelling’ business case for Leeds-York electrification

22.10.13: The £100m electrification of the Harrogate line would provide £400m of benefits for the economy, new analysis shows.  A business case for the route was commissioned by Metro, North Yorkshire County Council, City of York Cou...

CEEF to test rail innovations

CEEF to test rail innovations

14.10.13: A new European centre will concentrate research and testing for innovations in railway infrastructure and training, the Reseau Ferre de France (RFF) has announced. Plans for the European Railway Test Centre (CEEF) are currently out to consu...

McLoughlin ‘looking into’ ratio of first class seats

McLoughlin ‘looking into’ ratio of first class seats

14.10.13: Looking into the mix of first class and standard tickets available would be “sensible”, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has said. It comes as new research indicates that on average only 50% of first-class seats are occupi...

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Commute times surge by five minutes in past 10 years, with Wales and North East suffering most

13/11/2018Commute times surge by five minutes in past 10 years, with Wales and North East suffering most

Travel times to and from work now take an extra five minutes longer, with rail commuters facing the longest journeys, ne... more >
GWR and SWR owner FirstGroup appoints new CEO as it announces fall in rail profits

13/11/2018GWR and SWR owner FirstGroup appoints new CEO as it announces fall in rail profits

FirstGroup has named Matthew Gregory as its new chief executive as it revealed widening half-year losses and warned abou... more >
Andrew Jones returns as rail minister following Jo Johnson’s resignation

13/11/2018Andrew Jones returns as rail minister following Jo Johnson’s resignation

Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, has been appointed as transport minister with responsibility for rail ... 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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
Data-driven rail

13/11/2018Data-driven rail

Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06/11/2018Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >

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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >