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EGIP: ‘A shadow of its former self’?

EGIP: ‘A shadow of its former self’?

01.11.12: Amy Hirst reports on the recent Holyrood debate on EGIP – and whether the lost £350m constitutes cuts or savings. In July, the revised Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) was announced – with £350m funding...

Traffic management

Traffic management

01.11.12: RTM speaks to Hitachi Rail Europe about the concept behind its prototype traffic management system being developed for Network Rail, and its bid leader Emilio Diez tells us how it could integrate with both modern and legacy signalling systems. ...

Baker monitoring London Midland cancellations

Baker monitoring London Midland cancellations

24.10.12: Rail minister Norman Baker has held talks with London Midland, following over 60 service cancellations yesterday. The operator has blamed a lack of qualified drivers, and said the issue will be resolved in mid-December. London Midland has p...

Aberystwyth hourly service delays criticised

Aberystwyth hourly service delays criticised

19.10.12: The delays to a planned hourly service for Aberystwyth have been described as “frustrating” by a local MP. The proposals were due to start last year, but are now due to begin from 2014-15, as the single track Cambrian Line was not re...

Highest punctuality for Greater Anglia

Highest punctuality for Greater Anglia

19.10.12: Greater Anglia has recorded its best ever train punctuality figures, with a PPM of 95.03%. The results are for the four-week period ended October 13, and are the highest since the current franchise was introduced. MAA has also improved to 9...

Flooding keeps West Cumbria line closed

Flooding keeps West Cumbria line closed

18.10.12: The West Cumbria rail line is still closed following a landslide caused by flooding on Wednesday. Services were stopped after an embankment collapsed on the Sellafield to Whitehaven line near St Bees. A train derailed on the same stretch of...

Alternative solutions considered by Network Rail

Alternative solutions considered by Network Rail

02.10.12: A new document looking at development in tram train, electrification and community rail has been published by Network Rail. The ‘alternative solutions’ draft network RUS, which is going out for consultation, sets out the industr...

Minimal disruption planned for Anglia in 2013

Minimal disruption planned for Anglia in 2013

25.09.12: Engineering work is to be reduced on the Great Eastern Main Line, minimising the need for replacement bus services throughout 2013. An alliance between Greater Anglia and Network Rail has resulted in fewer bus replacement services this Chri...

Replacement buses should be last resort – Passenger Focus

Replacement buses should be last resort – Passenger Focus

25.09.12: Passengers prefer to stay longer on a train than take a replacement bus, new research shows. Passenger Focus is calling for the rail industry to use buses only as a last resort when engineering works cause detours or delays. A new surv...

Wet weather disrupts rail services across England and Wales

Wet weather disrupts rail services across England and Wales

25.09.12: Severe weather over the last few days has led to significant disruption across the rail network, with many areas and services affected by flooding. Trains between Great Malvern and Hereford are cancelled after a collapsed pipe caused a deep...

Free wi-fi introduced by Translink

Free wi-fi introduced by Translink

20.09.12: Northern Ireland rail passengers will be able to access free wi-fi, following a £900,000 investment from Translink. The service will be available on all local train services and from the end of October on cross-border Enterprise servi...

New faster services for Uckfield commuters

New faster services for Uckfield commuters

17.09.12: An additional early morning service is to be introduced from Uckfield to London Bridge, the DfT has announced. Early morning commuters will now be able to catch the 5.18am train from Uckfield to arrive at London Bridge for 6.:23am. Previous...

Scottish winter timetable for rail announced

Scottish winter timetable for rail announced

13.09.12: New services have been added to the winter timetable in Scotland, with faster and more frequent trains running across the country, Transport Scotland and ScotRail have announced. Services are due to begin on December 9, and include earlier...

Passenger feedback to improve Walsall public transport

Passenger feedback to improve Walsall public transport

31.08.12: Centro is set to offer passengers in Walsall the opportunity to give their views on the area’s public transport network. The ‘Your Public Transport Matters’ event will allow local people to speak directly with representati...

Worn points led to Waverley derailment – RAIB

Worn points led to Waverley derailment – RAIB

30.08.12: Network Rail must review its repairs process following the derailment of a train near Waverley station, the RAIB has recommended. The derailment took place on July 27, 2011 near Princes Street Gardens. No-one was injured and there were no p...

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TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

20/07/2018TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

A landmark collaboration between two of the UK’s biggest regions has been signed to pave the way to improve rail t... more >
DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

19/07/2018DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

GTR could be at risk of losing control of its franchise as early as this month depending on the outcome of a “hard... more >
Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19/07/2018Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create... 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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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), talk about four new HS2 research projects which are set to challenge how we design, build and monitor high-speed rail projects. No one doubts that HS2 must provide a platform for innovation, bu... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17/07/2018Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... 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 >